BSc Biology students in the research lab of their department

Biology Honours (BA)


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

The Biology Honours (BA) Program

The Bachelor of Science, Biology Honours emphasizes a "hands-on," integrative approach to learning. Smaller class sizes allow one-on-one interaction, fostering development of the student-mentor relationship. In addition, students in the Biology Honours program complete a comprehensive undergraduate research project, under the supervision of a Biology faculty member. Students expand their research skills through deep engagement in their chosen project.

The Biology Honours will be of interest to students looking towards careers in the biological and environmental sciences, in K-12 education, or in health sciences (e.g., Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine).

Program Outline

Requirements for an Honours

To obtain an honours biology degree, students must complete all the Institutional B.Sc. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements, and the courses listed below.

Year 1

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

MATH 121 - (Calculus I) and,
MATH 122 - (Calculus II)

6

PHYS 111 - (Physics for the Life Sciences I) and,
PHYS 112 - (Physics for the Life Sciences II)

8

Degree English Requirements

6

Year 2

Credits

BIOL 200 - (Principles of Cell Biology)

3

BIOL 201 - (Principles of Biochemistry I)

3

BIOL 202 - (Ecology)

3

BIOL 210 - (Microbiology I)

3

BIOL 212 - (Genetics)

3

BIOL 223 - (Botany)

3

CHEM 231 - (Organic Chemistry I)
CHEM 232 - (Organic Chemistry II)

6

MATH 203 - (Biometrics)

3

Years 3 and 4

Credits

BIOL 305 - (Animal Physiology)

3

BIOL 402 - (Evolution)

3

BIOL 403 - (Current Topics in Biology)

3

BIOL 491 - (Undergraduate Research Project)

6

Select eighteen upper–level BIOL credits numbered 300 and above.

18

Specialization Options

Nine credits from one of the following specialization options:

Microbial Biology

BIOL 332 - (Microbial Ecology)
BIOL 334 - (Virology)
BIOL 336 - (Bacterial Genetics)
BIOL 337 - (Biochemistry and Physiology of Microbes)
BIOL 432 - (Applied Microbiology)
BIOL 436 - (Pathogenic Microbiology)

9

Molecular and Cellular Biology

BIOL 341 - (Molecular Cell Biology)
BIOL 342 - (Advanced Biochemistry)
BIOL 435 - (Immunology)
BIOL 443 - (Developmental Biology) 
BIOL 445 - (Molecular Genetics)
BIOL 465 - (Endocrinology)

9

Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology

BIOL 310 - (Invertebrate Zoology)
BIOL 315 - (Parasitology) 
BIOL 320 - (Aquatic Ecosystems)
BIOL 322 - (Terrestrial Ecosystems)
BIOL 351 - (Population and Community Ecology)
BIOL 360 - (Intro to Animal Behaviour)

9

The following elective requirements may be taken in Years 1-4:

  • Six credits of Non-Science Electives
  • Fifteen credits of General Electives

Completion Requirements

  • Honours students need a minimum GPA of 3.67 ("A-") on all 3rd and 4th year courses taken within the discipline in order to graduate from an Honours program.
  • Honours students must achieve a minimum grade of "A-" in BIOL 491 - (Undergraduate Research Project).
  • Students who complete the Honours requirements but do not meet these grade requirements will graduate with the Major in Biology.
Updated 
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.67 (A-) on the most recent 45 credits of study.
  • All core 100-level courses and at least 21 credits of core 200-level courses including MATH 203 (Biometrics) must be completed before the start of BIOL 491.
  • Students must identify a faculty advisor who is willing to supervise the research project.
  • Students who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission in the program and space may be limited.

Career Opportunities

The Biology Honours will be of interest to students interested in pursuing graduate school in the biological sciences (Master's, Doctorate).

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 (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

1,500.00

Total

6,839.51

Notes

*  The above table is based on ten 3-credit courses taken over two semesters. For programs that require 4-credit courses, students should adjust the fee totals accordingly.

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

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $21.65 per course.

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 (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

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.

Science and Technology courses with a compulsory lab have a lab fee of $21.65 per course.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Students will be required to submit an application form (available from the Chair of the Biology Department) by February 15 of the third year of studies. Application forms will be submitted to the Chair of the Biology Department. Upon approval by the Biology Department, the B.Sc. Degree Advisor will be notified.

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