Biology at UFV

Welcome to the Biology department and the best small university in Canada! Here at UFV, you will be able to take advantage of the most lab-intensive Bachelor of Science with a Biology major in B.C.!

The UFV Biology department offers Biology majors and minors programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Our Biology major is designed to provide graduates with an excellent grounding in modern biology and the working skills of a professional biologist.

Our program prepares students for professions in biology and for graduate and professional schools. In addition, we offer pre-college biology for upgrading students, and first year non-major courses, primarily for Arts and Education students. At present, UFV is one of only three publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland to offer a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Many of our graduates report that they value the close contact with faculty, ample hands-on experience in labs and in the field, and the sense of esprit de corps that is characteristic of the students and staff of the Biology department. Our department offers opportunities in all four years for student-driven biology research, either with individual faculty or as part of regular courses. There is also a BSc with work experience, through Co-operative Education.

The department is developing closer ties to local biotechnology companies to facilitate student co-op placements and summer jobs. Employers have told us that they are selecting UFV Biology students because of specific courses providing appropriate experience. Biology also oversees the Bachelor of Agricultural Science which provides additional opportunities in the valley.

Biology students at UFV are able to complete concentrations in a lab-rich environment, in areas such as cell and molecular genetics, public school teaching, pre-medicine, organismal biology and ecology.

Dr. Allan Arndt 
Biology Department Head

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