Get hands-on experience learning how living beings function, evolve and interact with each other, as you gain a deeper understanding of our world’s biospheres.
Selkirk College offers a great start to an undergraduate degree in biology. You can complete your first year in our learner-centered environment and then transfer directly into second year at all British Columbia universities. We also offer several second-year courses at Selkirk, which would apply toward your biology degree, wherever you choose to continue your studies. Please also refer to our Rural Pre-Medicine Program.
If biology isn’t your passion, but you need it for another program or degree that you are interested in, we offer a variety of biology courses that are relevant for non-biology majors as well.
Who Should Study Biology?
Biology is the science of life, so it is relevant to everyone! If you like biology, you are curious about living creatures. You might be interested in learning about the complex structure of a bacterium, an insect, a plant or maybe you are interested in human health. You might also like exploring how intricate genetic, biochemical and physiological processes work. Or, perhaps you enjoy learning how organisms interact with their environment and how ecosystems function.
• Biochemical Engineer
• Cell Animator
• Cell Biologist
• Conservation Biologist
• Cosmetic/Perfume Maker
• Environmental Lawyer
• Environmental Technician
• Fish and Wildlife Officer
• Forensic Specialist
• Hospital Administrator
• Laboratory Technician
• Marine Biologist
• Medical Doctor
• Medical Illustrator
• Medical Librarian
• Medical Microbiologist
• Occupational Therapist
• Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
• Public Health Officer
• Speech Language Pathologist
• Technical Writer
• Wildlife Biologist
Our first-year program in biology will prepare you for entry into a second-year biology or biology-related program at most degree granting institutions. In addition, we are offering the unique Rural Pre-Medicine Program, which is the first one of its kind in Canada. The courses in this program also offer the ability of students interested in health sciences to complete their first two years at Selkirk College.
At the end of a biology degree, you will acquire or be able to:
Think critically, problem solve and use scientific reasoning skills
Apply the scientific method in experimental design, experimentation and analysis
Perform common laboratory techniques
Correlate structure with function
Understand the complexity of living systems
Retrieve, assess, analyze and integrate information
Communicate both orally and in writing
Work independently and with others
If you like biology, you might also like agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental issues, fish and wildlife, forestry, health professions, horticulture, neurosciences, and pharmacology.