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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences Program is an innovative, multidisciplinary program where students concentrate on two specialties within the Faculty of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Energy Science, Geoscience, Mathematics and Physics).

Key Skills & Knowledge

Understand scientific method of inquiry: Technical knowledge in two disciplines

Scientific Inquiry: Technical knowledge in two science disciplines, hypothesize, design and carry out experiments; operate scientific/ laboratory equipment and instruments, understand laboratory processes

Communication: Presenting and communicating technical and scientific data and ideas clearly and articulately to both the scientific and non-scientific communities using current technology through presentations and written reports

Investigative and Research: Collection, analysis and interpretation of data using the appropriate laboratory and/or field techniques; organizing and analysis of large quantities of data

Logical reasoning: Creative thinking, problem-solving skills; decision-making skills, synthesize complex information

Organization: Data, time and resource management, attention to detail, able to meet deadlines.

Teamwork skills: Oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at 

  • Astronomer
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Clinical research specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Food and drug analyst
  • Information Scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Librarian
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Meteorologist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Perfumer
  • Physicist
  • Researcher
  • Scientific Journalist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Author
  • Potential Industries

    • Agriculture
    • Aquaculture
    • Bioethics
    • Biomechanics
    • Biotechnology
    • Blood bank technology
    • Business and industry
    • Charitable Organizations
    • Conservation
    • Cytotechnology
    • Education
    • Energy
    • Environment & Pollution Control
    • Food & Beverage Manufacturers
    • Forensic science
    • Forestry &Wildlife
    • Government
    • Laboratories
    • Law & Drug Enforcement
    • Mathematics
    • Medicine and Health Care
    • Museums
    • Newspapers
    • Oil & Gas Compliance
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Post-Secondary
    • Public Policy
    • Publishing companies
    • Research & Development
    • Science museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers
    • Science writing and communication
    • Toxicology

    Did you know?

    Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


    Key Contacts

    Faculty Contact
    Telephone:  403-220-8367
    Fax:  403-210-8126
    Location: Science B 149 (SB 149)

    Clubs on Campus: 

    Environmental Sciences Student’s Association (ESSA)

    Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

    Career Services

    MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
    T: 403.220.8020