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Major in Zoology

Note: The UBC Okanagan campus also offers Majors in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, and Microbiology.

Graduates will obtain a solid grounding in a broad range of topics dealing with animal biology (physiology, ecology, developmental biology). This program emphasizes a comparative approach and provides students with practical experience and skills in laboratory, field work, and communications. This program prepares students for graduate school and professional programs.

Electives to satisfy B.Sc. Degree Requirements should include a minimum of 12 credits of Arts electives (in addition to 6 credits in English) and 12 credits of other courses (chosen, if needed, to ensure prerequisites are met for third- and fourth-year elective courses).

A minimum of 42 upper-level credits are required, which include at least 36 credits of Science courses (including at least 30 credits of Biology courses).


First YearCredits
BIOL 116, 12516
CHEM 111 or CHEM 1213
CHEM 113 or CHEM 123                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3
ENGL 109, or two of ENGL 1122,3, 113, 1142, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155, or 156                                                                                                          6
MATH 10016
MATH 101 OR 10313
PHYS 111 or 1123
PHYS 121 or 1223
Total Credits30


Second Year 
BIOL 200, 2016
BIOL 202, 2656
BIOL 204, 2056
CHEM 203, 204; or CHEM 213, 2143                                                                                                                                                              6
Total credits30


Third and Fourth Years 
BIOL 3113
BIOL 3543
BIOL 3633
Zoology electives from the following courses: BIOL 301, 306, 308, 341, 3563, 357, 3593, 370, 372, 375, 401, 414, 417, 4204, 422, 4524, 459, 460, 461, 467, 46821
Science electives numbered 300 or higher6
Other electives numbered 300 or higher6
Electives to satisfy B.Sc. requirements18
Total credits60
Minimum credits for degree120

1BIOL 116, 125; CHEM 111, 113 or 121, 123; and MATH 100, 101 OR 103 should be taken in first year to ensure students have the prerequisites for second year.

2Credit will only be granted for one of ENGL 112 or 114.

3Strongly recommended.

4If approved by the program advisor as appropriate to Zoology.

Zoology Honours Program

The Honours in Zoology is an intensive program of study based on coursework and research experience. Students who complete this program will have the ability to work independently and with a high level of competency.

The course requirements are the same as in the Major in Zoology, except that students must complete 6 credits of BIOL 440.

Admission Requirements

  • Fourth-year standing;
  • A minimum grade average of 75% over all courses completed; and
  • Enrolment in BIOL 440 with a research project and research supervisor approved by the department head as appropriate to Zoology.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the course requirements for the Major in Zoology;
  • A 75% overall grade average; and
  • BIOL 440 (6 credits) with a minimum grade of 75%. A written thesis is required with a public presentation in the form of a poster session or a seminar.


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