Undergraduate Degree Program

Biological Sciences provides both practical and theory-based training in all aspects of the living world – from molecules to ecoystems. Pressing environmental challenges call for rigorous training in many areas of biology, such as conservation biology, ecology, and physiology, while advances in DNA sequencing technology have led to new discoveries in evolutionary biology, cell biology, and developmental biology.  

All Biological Sciences students have the opportunity to receive hands-on laboratory experience through coursework and personalized research courses (such as BISC 298, BISC 498, and Independent Study Semester) supervised by world-class scientists.  Students also have the opportunity to take courses at our beautiful branch campus, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island.

There is so much to explore as a Biological Sciences Major!

Program Options

Biological Sciences is divided into three concentrations:

Cells, Molecules & Physiology focuses on processes within organisms and the diversity and functioning of molecular and cellular systems, many with applications to health science.

Ecology, Evolution & Conservation concentrates on processes that lead to the diversity of life on earth and interactions among communities, populations, and organisms (including us) that are relevant to applied ecology and conservation. This concentration is accredited by The College of Applied Biology. For additional information about the accreditation, please go to https://www.cab-bc.org/accredited-post-secondary-programs-rpbio.

Open concentration gives students the opportunity to build their program to suit their interests, which can include broad training in life sciences or a specialization not covered by the other concentrations.

Sample Careers

A wide variety of career opportunities await graduates of Biological Sciences.  The major provides all requirements required by professional schools (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, etc.) and graduates of the Ecology, Evolution & Conservation concentration are eligible to apply for Registered Professional Biologists (in training) certificate.  Recent graduates have pursued diverse fields, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Fisheries Science
  • Genetic Counselling
  • Health Professions
  • Teaching

Testimonials

"SFU provided me with opportunities that allowed me to broaden my knowledge and discover my true calling.  Through my Conservation Biology courses, I was inspired to help save barn owls from possible extinction.  This assignment was pivotal in my pursuing a career in conservation.  Laramie Ferguson, alumna

“As valuable as the academic knowledge I’ve gained at SFU is, I’ve also learned the importance of collaboration with colleagues, students, and the public. It took a lot of self-motivation and devotion, but the resources were there. Everything at SFU is set up for student success. ” Alexa Nelson, alumna