Biological Sciences

You'll explore the science of life, whether it's at the level of Cells, Molecules and Physiology or up to the world of Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Aside from these two streams, you can also build your own program in the General Stream. This degree will prepare you for graduate school or a future in biomedical research, ecology and more.


Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science studies our entire biological world. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

Biological Sciences

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

Chemistry 11, Principles of Physics 11, English 12, Pre-Calculus 12  and two science 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Science
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Biological Sciences or Biological Sci - 1st yr Surrey

The minor program

You can add a minor to any major program. Contact a faculty advisor for details.

Gavia is fascinated by large systems that involve wandering around outside, so the ecology stream in Biological Sciences was a natural choice. She recommends talking to a professor about volunteering in a lab. (Gavia started volunteering in first year in the the Earth to Ocean Research Group.) She worked as a field assistant last year, conducting frog surveys in US national parks. Read more ...

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Athletic Director
  • Bacteriologist
  • Biological Technician
  • Biostatistician
  • City Recycling Manager
  • Conservation Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • DNA Analyst
  • Dolphin Researcher
  • Emergency Room Physician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Ethnobotanist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Food Inspector
  • Genetic Technologist
  • Health Educator
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Informatician
  • Medical Lab Technologist
  • Pathologist's Assistant
  • Pedigree Analyst
  • Pest Control Consultant
  • Plant Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian