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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.

Biological Sciences

Biological sciences considers insightful,   innovative and integrative research in diverse areas of life sciences, from biomolecules to the biosphere, and to the development of future leaders in the basic and applied biological sciences.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Analytical and critical thinking: Synthesize complex information; logical reasoning; critical thinking; in-depth knowledge of biological theory; understanding of scientific method of inquiry.

Computer: Computer simulation and computations.

Technical: Operate scientific/ laboratory equipment and instruments; understand laboratory process.

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

Research: Collection, analysis and interpretation of data using the appropriate laboratory and/or field techniques; organizing vast amounts of data; inspect specimens; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; hypothesize, design and carry out experiments.

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

  • Agronomist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Bio-Technologist
  • Conservationist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Protection Worker
  • Epidemiologist
  • Fisheries Conservationist
  • Food Scientist
  • Genetic Counsellor
  • Geneticist
  • Health & Safety Advisor
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Horticulturist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Bacteriologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Marine Ecologist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Laboratory Tech
  • Medical Librarian
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Mycologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Public Health Worker
  • Researcher /Research Assistant
  • Science Magazine Editor/Writer
  • Soil Scientist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Wildlife Biologist

Potential Industries

  • Agricultural
  • Aquaculture
  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Blood bank technology
  • Conservation
  • Cytotechnology
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Food & Beverage Manufacturers
  • Food & Drug consulting firms
  • Forestry &Wildlife
  • Funeral Services
  • Government
  • Hospitals & Medical Centres
  • Laboratories
  • Law & Drug Enforcement
  • Medicine &  Health Organizations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Publishing companies
  • Research & Development
  • Toxicology
  • Zoos, Aquariums, National or Provincial Parks

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:

Biological Sciences Building, Room 186
T: 403.220-3140

Clubs on Campus

Biology Students’ Association

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020