Program description

The subjects studied vary from one program to another and group together the knowledge and skills needed in the degree being sought. Several types of undergraduate programs allow students to acquire knowledge according to their preferences and personal learning styles. Regardless of the subjects studied, the many types of programs honours, honours with specialization, integrated, general, major, minor, and certificate all provide access to the labour market. In addition, some degrees open the door to graduate studies or professional programs.

The brief description as well as the exam­ples of subjects studied in this bachelors degree is drawn from the Undergraduate programs and courses calendars. The acquired skills compiled below are specific to this program of study as every program fosters the development of different skills. Examples of graduate and professional programs are also presented to consider the possibilities of further studies.

Subjects studied

This program lets you explore different scientific disciplines and thus acquire a broad grounding in all the sciences. If along the way you take a keener interest in a particular field, you can transfer to the program in question.

Subjects

  • Organismal and Cell Biology
  • Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Earth Systems and Materials
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra  
  • Discrete Mathematics for Computing
  • Physics

Acquired skills

University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of ones career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.

Skills 

General Skills

  • Ability to organize, analyze and interpret scientific data
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Research skills including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data

 

Specific Skills

  • Ability to explain how organisms interact with each other and their environment
  • Ability to synthesize elements and compounds with various properties
  • Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research
  • Skills to critically evaluate and interpret theories and research

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of graduate programs offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.

 

Graduate programs

Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification. They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.

Occupations related to this program

 

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Energy policy analyst
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Fisheries analyst
  • Natural and applied sciences consultant
  • Waste diversion consultant
  • Work site auditor

A bachelors degree in a related scientific or technical discipline; a master's degree in a related scientific discipline may be required; progression to supervisory or management positions is possible with experience

 

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter

A bachelors degree in a discipline related to museum and gallery work; on-the-job training programs may also be required

 

Technical sales specialists wholesale trade

  • Technical sales representative

A bachelors degree in a discipline related to the product or service; experience in sales or in a technical occupation related to the product or service may be required

 

Biologists and related scientists

  • Bacteriologist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Plant anatomist
  • Protozoologist

A bachelors degree in biology or in a related discipline; a masters or doctoral degree in biology or in a related discipline is required for employment as a research scientist in biology

 

Chemists

  • Biochemist
  • Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist

A bachelors degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or in a related discipline; a masters or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist; provincial licensing is compulsory in Quebec and voluntary in Ontario and Alberta

 

Meteorologists and climatologists

  • Meteorologist

A bachelor's degree in a related scientific discipline; a master's degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences or in a related field is required; a doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research scientist in meteorology; formal training is provided by Environment Canada for operational meteorologists employed by the federal government; membership in a professional organization such as the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society is available, but voluntary, for qualified meteorologists

 

Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

A bachelors degree in a scientific discipline; a master's or doctoral degree in a scientific discipline; several years of experience in a related scientific field

 

College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher


A bachelor's degree in the field of instruction; a master's degree in the field of instruction may be required; a certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required

 

Administrators post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher

 

Physicists and astronomers

  • Aerodynamicist
  • Physicist
  • Thermal physicist

A bachelors degree in physics, mathematics, or in a related scientific discipline; a doctoral degree in physics is usually required for basic research and development positions

Related field

Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn

Related Fields

  • Research
  • Education
  • Healthcare Services
  • Operations
  • Legal

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The Employability Skills 2000+ presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary checklist can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.

All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible to acquire experience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Directories

 

Canada Abroad

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces. 

In Canada

Ottawa/Gatineau Region Ontario

 

Quebec Other provinces and territories

 

Abroad

The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit Skill Clear or MyWorldAbroad (registration with a @uOttawa.ca email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).

Established globally North America (excluding Canada)

 

South America Europe

 

Asia Africa

Oceania Others

Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumes and cover letters.

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

Canadian Provincial and territorial

 

American International

Job search sites

Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.

Canadian International

General Job Search Websites

Date modified: 2016-07-27