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University Transfer

VCC offers a variety of first-year university credit courses in the arts and sciences. Choose to complete credits toward a degree or take single courses as electives or prerequisites for transfer to other college or university programs. VCC offers small class sizes, flexible schedules and competitive rates. Our instructors are accessible and foster a learning environment that is centred around you and your educational goals. Credits are fully transferrable across Canada.

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Costa Karavas

Department head, university transfer mathematics

Born and raised in Montreal, Costa holds a MSc (1991) from McGill University. Before joining VCC in 2000, he conducted research in geophysics at UBC and also worked as an independent software applications developer. He is an active member of the B.C. Undergraduate Program in Mathematics and Statistics Articulation Committee and is the provincial co-chair of the ABE Mathematics Articulation Committee. He spear-headed the development of university-level math courses for VCC's University Transfer program. He has published a suite of research and educational articles. Costa has keen interest in educational technologies and integrates modern e-learning methodologies in his teaching.



Larry Perras

Department head, university transfer humanities

After finishing a BA in English literature at the University of British Columbia, Larry completed a diploma at VCC in the music department. He has been here for over two decades now, as a student, an instructor, and now a department head. As such, he has a comprehensive understanding of what diverse and respectful support the college can offer. He completed a Masters in English literature form Simon Fraser University with his thesis focusing on gender theory and female characters in early modern English theatre.



Diem Ly Van

Department head, university transfer science

Diem Ly is a chemistry instructors who joined VCC in May 2004 after teaching in the public secondary school system. She holds a BEd from UBC and MSc from SFU. During her graduate studies at SFU she examined the use of mass spectrometry in the detection of hydrophobic proteins. Diem Ly has also been a volunteer at Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital for over 20 years and is a certified English-Vietnamese interpreter working in health care and the court system.



Wayne Avery

Instructor, university transfer humanities

Wayne has been an instructor at Vancouver Community College since 1986. He joined the College Foundations - Humanities department in 2003. Wayne obtained an honours BA in psychology from Laurentian University in 1975 followed by a master's degree in 1978 from Acadia University. Wayne has had extensive experience in the field having assumed a number of roles over the years: psychometrist, group home manager, career and personal counselor, disability services coordinator, and student success facilitator and instructor.



Raji Balagopal

Instructor, university transfer science

Raji holds a PhD in chemistry focussing on environmental pollution control methods. Her thesis work examined ways to remove toxic heavy metals from the environment, especially from the water supply.  She also holds a degree in education and has a number of years of experience working with students ranging from university level students to disadvantaged high school students. She received several awards for her research and commendations for her teaching.



Margaret Chen

Instructor, university transfer science

Margaret is a chemistry instructor. Previously she worked in the self-paced area of VCC as a math and science instructor. In addition to her teaching background, Margaret has degrees in chemical engineering.



Dharinee Choytun

Instructor, university transfer science

Dharinee is a native of Mauritius. After completing her studies at the University of Mauritius, she started teaching chemistry in a high school.  She later decided to pursue her graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  She graduated with a MChem in 2004. Dharinee joined VCC as an instructor (chemistry) in 2004 and has been teaching adult basic education and first-year chemistry courses since then.



Bruce Clarkson

Instructor, university transfer science

Bruce has an academic background in physiology and adult education.  His graduate studies in physiology examined gender determination, while his graduate studies in education examined the use of online resources in classroom settings. Bruce has also been an instructor at the Downtown campus in the nursing program. In addition to his teaching experience, Bruce has also worked extensively in the environmental field as a salmon habitat coordinator and park naturalist.



Jen Currin

Instructor, university transfer humanities

Jen Currin has taught writing and literature on the university and college level for fourteen years, at Arizona State University, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Vancouver Film School, Kwantlen University, Langara College Continuing Studies, and Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio, among other places. She has taught for Vancouver Community College since 2010. Jen holds a BA from Bard College, an MFA from Arizona State University, and an MA from Simon Fraser University. Jen has published four books of poetry, most recently The Inquisition Yours, which was a finalist for four awards and won the Audre Lorde Poetry Award.



Mark Curry

Instructor, university transfer science

Mark joins VCC from a research background at QLT, where he helped develop photodynamic therapies. He spent a number of years working in the biotechnology field and helped develop the Preclinical Network of BC, a non-profit organisation that encourages interaction of industrial researchers with academic research and education. 



Farhang Fana

Instructor, university transfer science

Farhang is an instructor in Physics. During his graduate studies he examined the properties of semiconductors. In addition, Farhang has taught courses in computer software, programming and graphic design. He works at Douglas College in addition to his teaching duties at VCC.



Joyce Gordon

Instructor, university transfer science

Joyce (BSc, MSc, PhD) has taught for a number of years at UBC and at VCC since 2008. She enjoys teaching anatomy and physiology, biology and microbiology to VCC students who are preparing for careers in health sciences.



Jenn Kelly

Instructor, university transfer science

Jenn is a biology instructor at VCC. She holds a PhD (Dalhousie), MSc (Alberta) and BSc (Alberta) in biology. Her PhD research used a biochemical technique and multivariate statistics to study the ecological effects of an invasive seaweed species in Nova Scotia. Prior to joining the team at VCC, Jenn taught first-year biology at UBC.



Gary Lawrence

Instructor, university transfer science

Before joining VCC full-time, Gary shared his teaching responsibilities between the Science Department and the college and career access program (self-paced courses). Gary has worked extensively with the access to nursing program where he was able to help students with biology as well as other educational areas. Gary was the head of the Science Articulation Committee, which is responsible for overseeing content and transferability of science upgrading courses for colleges throughout B.C.



Jack Lin

Instructor, university transfer humanities

Jack is transplanted from Taiwan. He earned his BA in Economics with specialization in International Trade from Taiwan, an MBA in Production/Operations Management from the University of Missouri and a MSc in Business Administration specialized in Logistics and Transportation Studies from UBC. In 1988, Jack enrolled in the Certified General Accountant study program and obtained his CGA designation in 2003. Starting September 2005, Jack became an instructor in accounting. He is currently teaching accounting full time at Douglas College while teaching economics at VCC. In his spare time, Jack enjoys music, movies and playing Bridge. Bridge, anyone?



Michelle MacKenzie

Instructor, university transfer science

Michele came to Vancouver and VCC in 1998 where her varied educational background, teaching experiences, and interests have had her teach not only in the Science Department but also in the Basic Education and Math Departments. Although she still continues to take courses, some of her previous training includes a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (Concordia University), MSc (Dalhousie University), and a BSc (University of New Brunswick).



Gordon McIntyre

Instructor, university transfer science

Gordon's background is in Zoology.  His specialty is animal behaviour and physiology, especially the topics of learning and memory. Gordon is also a faculty member in the Department of Zoology at UBC. Before his teaching career, Gordon worked in the veterinary and fisheries fields.  He has served as both the president of the Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. and the chair of the Environmental Fund of B.C.



Maria Morlin

Instructor, university transfer science

Maria is a graduate of Zoology at the University of British Columbia. During her graduate studies, she investigated the relationship between coho salmon populations and land development. She has also had amazing biology field experience studying the poison arrow frog in Costa Rica, pacific giant salamander populations in Chilliwack, flying squirrels in New Brunswick, humpback whales in Alaska, and feral pigs in Australia. She has also worked at the GF Strong rehabilitation centre for spinal cord injuries, and studied physiological development of youth and its implication in sports.



Roland Moutal

Instructor, university transfer science

Roland's background is in chemistry and chemical engineering. In addition to his chemistry background, Roland has a profound interest in physics and computing science. Roland is fluent in Spanish and French.



Kadek Okuda

Instructor, university transfer science

Kadek is a laboratory demonstrator who joined VCC in 2012. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemistry with a focus in analytical chemistry. She has experience in lab instruction as well as environmental research.



Andrea Petersen

Instructor, university transfer science

Andrea has a background in biology, chemistry and education. She holds a teaching certificate in addition to her scientific background and is very interested in the differences between adult and childhood learning. In addition to teaching biology and chemistry, Andrea is currently studying law.



Amanda Richer

Amanda has been with VCC for several years, working as a math/science tutor in the learning centre. She has recently joined the Science department. Previously she did research on electrochemistry.



Andy Sellwood

Instructor, university transfer science

His education was completed in the UK; he holds a MPhys with Space Science and Systems degree from the University of Kent and a PhD in Low Dimensional Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge. Andy, who previously taught physics at other local institutions, joined the science department at VCC in 2004. He completed the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma in 2008 and has also taken courses in the Adult Education Diploma at VCC. Andy is always looking for new ideas and approaches that will make physics fun and engaging for his students.



Jane Shin

Instructor, university transfer science

Jane is an educator and entrepreneur with strong ties in the medical and business communities. She received her medical doctorate from Spartan Health Sciences University in 2007, and went on to teach at VCC, BCIT and West Coast College. She has been actively involved in community service from young age, volunteering for organizations such as Canadian Red Cross Society and Multicultural Society of BC. She was recognized by the City of Surrey and BCTV for her work. Jane is an avid fisher and traveller, and currently serves as the Member of Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Burnaby-Lougheed.



Raaj Tiagi

Instructor, university transfer humanities

Raaj has an MA and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. He has specialized in Labour and Health Economics and has published several papers in academic and other journals. At VCC, Raaj teaches microeconomics and macroeconomics.



Elle Ting

Instructor, university transfer humanities

Elle joined VCC in 2004, decided she liked the place, and stuck around. She became Humanities department head in 2012, and also currently teaches English 1127 and 1229 (University Transfer). Elle is fascinated by the culture of war and the post-post-9/11 world, and finds herself focusing on these topics when she has time to do research. When not marking, advising, or studying, she enjoys watching films and TV, media that fuel her annoying tendency to include topical references in class, especially to The Simpsons and Family Guy (not for marks). She is also interested in modular origami and is obsessive about delicious, unwholesome food. BA (UBC), MA (UBC), BEd (UBC), PhD (UWO).



Judith Wallace

Instructor, university transfer science

Judith is an ABE chemistry instructor. She joined the department in 2004 after a number of years as a research chemist in private industry and taught university general chemistry before moving over to teach ABE.  Her academic credentials are from the University of Alberta and the University of California at Berkeley where she obtained her PhD. Since joining the college she completed the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at VCC in 2007. She has a background working with people in the mental health field and brings a focus on health and wellness to her teaching at VCC.



Robyn Wood

Instructor, university transfer science

Robyn joined VCC in 2004 to help with the expanded laboratory offerings in biology and chemistry. Her background is in aquatic toxicology, environmental monitoring and field biology. She has a BSc from SFU in environmental science and toxicology. She has been an active volunteer with organizations such as the Vancouver Aquarium and the Fraser River Discovery Centre as well as VCC’s Health and Safety and Sustainability committees. Robyn is currently working on an MSc through Royal Roads with a focus on sustainability and forest ecology. She is always happy to help students with any science lab-related enquiries!