Students of the Bachelor of Arts, Major and Minor in Biology working with a microscope

BA Biology


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The BA Biology Program

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.

Program Outline

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2

Credits

BIOL 121 - (Introductory Zoology)

4

BIOL 123 - (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology)

4

Select one of the following pairs: 
CHEM 140 - (Chemistry Fundamentals I) and,
CHEM 141 - (Chemistry Fundamentals II) or 
CHEM 142 - (Chemistry Fundamentals II)

8

Select one of:
MATH 203 - (Biometrics)
MATH 211
 - (Fundamentals of Statistics I)
MATH 254 - (Statistics I)

3

BIOL 201 - (Principles of Biochemistry I)

3

Select two* courses from the following:
BIOL 200 - (Introduction to Cell Biology)
BIOL 202 - (Ecology)
BIOL 210 - (Microbiology I)
BIOL 212 - (Genetics)
BIOL 223 - (Botany)

6

CHEM 231 - (Organic Chemistry I)

3

* Students should check upper-level course prerequisites to guide second year course choices.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

Minimum of eighteen credits of Biology courses numbered 300 or above.*

18

* Check individual course prerequisites.

Updated 
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $150.71 per credit)

4,521.30

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

180.85

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.66 per credit)

199.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.32 per month)

162.56

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,839.51

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8340 per semester)

16,680.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $381.6 per semester)

763.20

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.32 per month)

162.56

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

19,380.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 3, 2019
Application Fee
$40.90
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Admissions & Registrations Assistants
Phone: 250-740-6400
Email: registration@viu.ca

Application Fee
$40.90
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Admissions & Registrations Assistants
Phone: 250-740-6400
Email: registration@viu.ca

Bernadette Alvarez

“It is truly inspiring to look back at how much I didn't know as a first-year, fresh out of high school. It is humbling, realizing that everything I've learned over the course of four years merely scratches the surface of what is out there in the world.”


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