Biology (BSc)

VIU International, Canada
Biology (BSc)
Next enrollment cycle September 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 2,417,943
Course Accredited By NA
4 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

Find inspiration in the wild and wonderful – immerse yourself in the study of life at all levels. Whether you are fascinated by cellular biology, microbiology or the interactions between organisms and their environments, VIU’s Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology program has something to offer you. Designed to be experiential, our biology degree programs invite you to study local and global biological phenomena while contributing to research that has meaningful, real-world applications.

Take advantage of our small class sizes and learn and discover alongside your professor in the classroom, the lab and the field. Many of our graduates have continued on to further research and graduate studies, while others have entered successful careers in medicine, health sciences, natural sciences, teaching, physiotherapy, conservation, marine biology, and more.

The Bachelor of Science, Major and Minor in Biology emphasize a “hands-on,” integrative approach to learning. Smaller class sizes allow one-on-one interaction, fostering development of the student-mentor relationship. Versatility is a key feature of the Biology program.

Whereas the Major has a traditional core program, which all students must take, students can also select courses to suit their interests. For example, strong faculty expertise in Organismal Biology, Ecology, Molecular/Cellular Biology and Microbiology/Virology enables students to emphasize one of these directions. Students can also select electives from other departments (e.g., Fisheries, Forestry, Geography, Anthropology) to satisfy their degree requirements. In the final year, students have the option, depending on availability, to complete a comprehensive undergraduate research project, under the supervision of a Biology faculty member.

The Major will be of interest to those looking towards teaching, graduate school, professional schools such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Law, or employment as scientists in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.

The Minor will be of particular interest to students proceeding towards a career in Primary and Secondary Education, with plans for teaching a science curriculum.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

General admission requirements apply.

  • A minimum "B" grade in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12.

Year 1

  • Introductory Zoology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

Select one of the following pairs: 

  • Chemistry Fundamentals I
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Calculus I) and,
  • Calculus II
  • Physics for the Life Sciences I
  • Physics for the Life Sciences II

Year 2

  • Principles of Cell Biology
  • Principles of Biochemistry I
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology I
  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Biometrics)

Years 3 and 4

  • Animal Physiology
  • Evolution
  • Current Topics in Biology
  • Specialization Options

Students must complete at least one of the following specialization options:

  • Microbial Biology

Select nine credits chosen from:

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Virology
  • Bacterial Genetics
  • Biochemistry and Physiology of Microbes
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

Select nine credits chosen from: 

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology

Select nine credits chosen from:

  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Parasitology
  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Intro to Animal Behaviour

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