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Biology (BA)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

The Minor in Biology is designed for students who have an interest in life sciences, but have additional academic and career aspirations in areas other than biology. The program is ideal for students wishing to fulfill their B.A. requirements by completing two Minors. 

There are many career opportunities for individuals who apply familiarity in a field of Biology (e.g., Ecology or Environmental Science, Evolution, Microbiology, or Genetics) within disciplines of Social Sciences or Humanities. Other Minor programs for the B.A. degree that integrate well with particular fields of Biology include Anthropology, Geography, Psychology, Business, Creative Writing, History, and Liberal Studies. The program will also be of particular interest to students proceeding towards a career in Primary and Secondary Education, with plans for teaching a science curriculum.

The Bachelor of Science-Biology degree program takes advantage of the small size of our institution and emphasizes a "hands-on", integrative approach to learning. Smaller class sizes allow one-on-one interaction, fostering development of the student-mentor relationship.

While there is a traditional core program (including mathematics, chemistry and physics) which all students must take, students can also select courses to suit their interests. For example, strong faculty expertise in organismic biology, ecology, molecular / cellular biology and virology / microbiology enables students to emphasize one of these directions. Students can also select electives from other departments to satisfy their degree requirements.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English

Years 1 and 2

  • Introductory Zoology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

Select one of the following pairs: 

  • Chemistry Fundamentals I
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II
  • Chemistry Fundamentals II

Select one of:

  • Biometrics
  • Fundamentals of Statistics I
  • Statistics I
  • Principles of Biochemistry I

Select two courses from the following:

  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology I
  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Organic Chemistry I

Years 3 and 4

  • Minimum of eighteen credits of Biology courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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