Undergraduate Degree Program

The study of living organisms has developed dramatically in recent years. Pressing environmental and climate challenges call for rigorous training in many areas of biology, such as conservation biology, ecology, evolution and physiology, while cutting-edge medical advances rely on new discoveries in molecular, cell and developmental biology. 

Biological Sciences provides a strong and well-rounded foundation in Science. Students cover the breadth of modern Biology in the first and second years, after which they specialize in one of three concentrations: 

Cells, Molecules & Physiology – focuses on processes within organisms and the functioning of molecular and cellular systems. Topics in this concentration include neurobiology, cellular biology, microbiology, and genetic engineering. 

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation – focuses on processes that lead to and maintain the diversity of life on earth and interactions among communities, populations and organisms. Topics in this concentration include aquatic ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, and the evolution of health and disease.  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 – students can build and customize a program to suit their interests, such as marine biology, plant biology, animal biology. 

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