Biology students


Biology is the scientific study of living organisms through which you gain a fundamental understanding of the world we live in. The subject is complex, fascinating and vital to all of our lives.

Establish your basic and advanced knowledge to succeed in a biology-related career. This degree will prepare you for entry into professional schools, such as medicine, dentistry, optometry or veterinary medicine programs.

Our Biology BSc. degree offers you the flexibility to pursue a specialization in Field Biology and Natural History, Applied Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Zoology, Botany and Mycology, or Cell Biology and Genetics. We also offer two minors for students who are interested in biology but who are pursuing other degrees.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Prince George
125 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Faculty Supervised Research,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is a broadly based undergraduate program that allows students to explore various biological concepts from the level of the cell, to the organism, to the ecosystem. Our degree offers students substantial flexibility to follow interests ranging from microbes to plants and animals to ecosystems and beyond. 

Gain practical knowledge through our many on-campus, hands-on labs and by attending our various local and international field schools. Our faculty are actively involved in research and they provide ongoing opportunities for students to take part in cutting-edge studies. 

Gain practical knowledge attending field schools at the Aleza Lake Research Forest, John Prince Research Forest and Quesnel River Research Centre.

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Environmental consultant
  • Conservation biologist
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical lab technologist
  • High school science teacher
  • Environmental law
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Research scientist
The Biology BSc. degree prepares you to apply to medical, dental, optometry, veterinary or other professional schools or to obtain further master's or PhD training at UNBC or elsewhere.

Our degree is fully accredited with the B.C. College of Applied Biology, which means that graduates have a simple path toward becoming Registered Professional Biologists. Accreditation is a requirement in many careers.

Why at UNBC

  • Discover the major concepts of contemporary biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population and community levels
  • Emphasis is placed on studying northern ecosystems, northern plants and animals, and the natural and disturbed environments
  • UNBC’s natural setting and surrounding forests serve as your classroom for a unique, practical learning experience
  • Qualifies you to apply to the College of Applied Biology as a Biologist in Training or a Registered Professional Biologist
UNBC motto

'En Cha Huná

UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.

Admission Requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 60%)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

Other requirements: Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy & Physiology 12**
**Anatomy & Physiology 12 can be counted as one of the Approved Academic Grade 12 courses.

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,870 $24,770
Student Fees* $1,185 $1,185
Books* $1,700 $1,700

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

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