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UNB Fredericton

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Undergraduate programs

The Faculty of Science at the University of New Brunswick offers a variety of programs ranging from a general science degree option to biology, chemistry, environmental biology, earth sciences, environmental geochemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology.

We also offer joint degrees in Arts and Science and Computer Science and Science.

Admission requirements

Science Early Admission Program

Our Science Early Admission Program is a unique pilot opportunity (enrolment currently limited to students attending Fredericton High, Leo Hayes, Oromocto High) for high achieving students to enrol in the Bachelor of Science program after completing Grade 11. If you are highly motivated and desire the freedom and depth of learning that UNB has to offer, we look forward to jump-starting your University education.

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General Science

Are you fascinated by the whole world—everything from biology to chemistry to physics—but don't want to be limited to just one area of study? Do you want a background in science that will lead to other professional programs?

The General Science Degree option offers broader exposure to more sciences and the program can be customized to meet your interests by concentrating on two areas of science while taking many electives.

Possible career paths in general science

  • education
  • scientific writing
  • medicine

Biology

Do you have a passion for discovering what makes all living organisms function?

Biology is the study of living things and it deals with everything from the earliest evolution to the environmental protection of our world. It examines the physical and biological processes that affect the life and death of genes, cells, individuals, populations, species and ecosystems.

Possible career paths in biology

  • research and education
  • conservation
  • zoos, parks and aquariums
  • government

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Chemistry

Interested in managing hazardous waste? Working in a crime lab? Entering in the pharmaceutical industry?

Chemistry is the study of the properties of the fundamental building blocks of matter, ranging in size from single hydrogen atoms to complex aggregates of biologically important species.

Chemists prepare new compounds and study their composition and structure. This activity, coupled with studies of the way in which chemical reactions occur, allows theories on chemical bonding and reaction to be formulated.

Possible career paths in chemistry

  • medicine
  • pharmaceuticals
  • genetics
  • product research
  • environmental protection
  • government labs

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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences is the natural science that deals with Earth, the interior make-up, and surficial features, its formative and destructive processes, its age, history and development through time.

Geologists research the origin of the Earth's natural resources, and are extensively involved in the discovery, development, and conservation of the metallic minerals we use, the clay, sand. gravel. cement, and fertilizer we need to improve our living conditions, the water we drink and the coal, oil and natural gas we use to serve our energy requirements.

Earth Sciences includes studies of the origin, history and evolution of life through time. Most importantly, Earth Science is concerned with the special set of circumstances that makes life on Earth possible and Planet Earth so unique in our Solar System if not in the Universe.

Possible career paths in earth sciences

  • mining and metals
  • research and education
  • engineering, corporate and legal
  • government and environment

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Mathematics and Statistics

Explore the mysteries of number theory, the geometry of curved spaces, areas with important applications in data security, computer design and cosmology.

Mathematics and statistics are at the core of many modern technological advances, from improvements in computers and electronics to better understanding the physical world around us. 

For ages, mathematicians and statisticians have made invisible and unsung contributions to advancements in science and technology. In recent years, the contributions have become more numerous, and more visible in the workforce. More and more jobs require direct use of mathematics, and an increasing number of job titles are reflecting this.

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Possible career paths in math and statistics

  • astronomy
  • epidemiology
  • insurance/actuarial science
  • demography
  • government
  • professional sports management

Physics

Physics is the most fundamental natural science, It examines basic concepts such as energy, force, and spacetime, and all that derives from these, such as mass, charge, matter and its motion. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the world and universe behave.

Physicists want to really understand how the world works, in every detail and at the deepest level. Physicists study questions facing today’s science and technology and are at the forefront of solutions for instrumentation, measurement techniques, and model development in many areas.

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Possible career paths in physics

  • research and development
  • meteorology
  • marine science
  • industrial science
  • journalism
  • education and academia

Psychology

Psychology specializes in the study of human (sometimes animal) behaviour, both normal and abnormal. It is the study of individual processes and relationships in a wide variety of contexts. Psychology courses are among the most popular ones for undergraduates.

Areas of research range widely and include human sexuality, depression, feminist perspectives, autism, women's studies, problem gambling, gender and laterality, pain assessment and management, infant and adolescent development, cultural psychology, self-concept and identity, bilingualism and cognitive neuroscience.

Possible career paths in psychology

  • psychologist
  • mental health, medicine, social work and counselling
  • research
  • public relations and marketing

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Medical Laboratory Science

The degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) is offered through the Faculty of Science in partnership with the New Brunswick Community College in Saint John (NBCC-SJ). Enrolment will be limited and based on availability of seats in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at NBCC-SJ. Students may enter the program only with approval from the Dean of Science or the program director.

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Environmental Biology

Study plant and forest systems and explore the biological consequences of interactions between humans and the environment and how to minimize its impact.

Environmental Biology is an interdisciplinary science because the solutions to environmental problems lie at the intersection of human behavior, technology and the biology of living organisms. Environmental biology students will take courses in chemistry, economics, environmental law, sociology, as well as more traditional biology courses in ecology, biotechnology, microbiology, conservation biology and ecotoxiocology.

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Possible career paths in environmental biology

  • government
  • conservation
  • legal
  • non-profit

Environmental Geochemistry

Study the chemistry of the earth. Make informed decisions and help solve earth science problems. Research and analyze the quantity and distribution of chemicals in rocks, minerals, fluids, and gases.

Environmental geochemistry provides geology students who have an interest in environmental science with a background to pursue careers or graduate studies in environmentally related geoscience fields, especially in areas related to water resources, contamination and remediation.

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Possible career paths in environmental geochemistry

  • geochemical
  • natural resources and mining
  • geology, geophysics and engineering consultation

Environment and Natural Resources

The Faculty of Science, in conjunction with the Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management, offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Environment & and Natural Resources. 

You can learn more about the program at the Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management

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Interdepartmental Programs

Interdepartmental programs offer students the opportunity to benefit from the specialized offerings from the Faculty of Science's five main departments.

  • Biology-Chemistry Option
  • Biology-Mathematics/Statistics Option
  • Biology-Physics Option
  • Chemistry-Physics Option
  • Geology-Physics Option
  • Mathematics/Statistics-Economics Option
  • Mathematics-Physics Option
  • Physics-(Biology) Program

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