Rafflesia kerrii – Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

This flower is between 50 and 90 cm wide.  It smells like rotten meat to attract flies for pollination.

Lycopodium stem cross-section

Jason Kitagawa from the Biology 210 class made this section in lab.  

Imagine 2011 – BBQ and music by Bang!

Keenan, Paloma, Jayne, and Angela get a Bang! out of Imagine!                              

Amblyrhynchus cristatus

Tricuspid teeth of the marine iguana (Galapagos Islands endemic) are well suited to scraping algae.

UBC Botanical Garden

Students on a fieldtrip for Biology 324 (seed plant taxonomy).
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Welcome to the Biology Program

UBC's Biology Program is the undergraduate teaching program of the Departments of Botany and Zoology. Options include one Major, two Combined Majors, eight Honours, and three Combined Honours options.

We hope and expect that during your time as an undergraduate you will acquire an appreciation for the living world and a set of essential skills and attitudes that form the basis for further education and serve you well in the future.

Associate Head of Biology:
Shona Ellis (shona@mail.ubc.ca)

Director of First Year Biology:
Carol Pollock (pollock@zoology.ubc.ca)

Program Assistant:
Tammy Tromba
2521-6270 University Blvd
Biological Sciences Building
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604-822-4260
E-mail: tromba@biology.ubc.ca


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  • Applications for Admission to Third Year Biology Majors or Honours:  closed until early August!  Results from the May application period will be communicated by early June at the latest.  If you have any questions or problems with your application please contact the Biology Office at tromba@biology.ubc.ca.

  • Biology students are only permitted to take two biology laboratory course selections (i.e. BIOL 326, 337, 340, 341, 351, 352, 363, 404, 408, 409, 437 or 444).  However, special permission may be obtained to take more.

  • Faculty of Science promotion requirements.

  • Summer Office Hours for Shona Ellis, Associate Head of Biology: Room 2521 BioSci Bldg. 

    • Thur May 19th -  10 to 11:30am

    • Fri May 20th  - Cancelled

    • Wed May 25th - 12 to 2pm

    • Wed June 1st - 1 to 2:30pm

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    • June 6th to 22nd  - Away

    • Fri Jun 24th  - 12 to 2pm

  • Blocked Courses/ Wait-lists:  When a course is blocked from registration there is a wait-list to get into that course.    The wait-list will have a "W" in the section number like 1W1 or 2W1.  Please register yourself on the wait-list for a chance to get into the course.   Most course wait-lists are managed on a first come first served basis.   Please DO NOT email course instructors about blocked courses or wait-list, as course registrations are managed by the Biology Office or course coordinators.  If you have any questions about blocked courses or wait-lists please contact the Biology Office.

  • Course Conflicts: Students may not register themselves into conflicting course activities and students may only register for one section of a course not multiple.  Students may be removed from wait-lists if they are registered in a conflicting course activity.

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