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Associate of Science Degree – Biology Flexible Pre-major


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The Associate of Science credential provides two years of undergraduate university level courses in the sciences and arts, equivalent to the first two years of a four‐year baccalaureate degree. The goal is to provide an academic foundation that enables students to continue their studies toward degree completion. The Associate of Science degree will provide a provincial credential widely recognized by many post-secondary institutions in the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer.

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Science degree have an increased likelihood of being admitted into third year courses at the transfer institution. Students are strongly advised to check the admissions policy of the institution to which they would like to transfer, and to find out if there are additional criteria they must meet for specific program areas. A minimum Associate Degree GPA may be required.

In addition to receiving an Associate of Science degree, students who complete the courses laid out in the Biology Flexible Pre-Major pathway will meet the first and second year Biology major subject requirements for a number of degree-granting institutions.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
TBD 24 months Associate Degree Broadway Full or Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

The expected length of the program is 24 months, spread over six full semesters. There is also the option of part-time studies, which would result in a longer time frame for completion of the credential. The maximum allowable time for students to complete the program is four years.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 university-transferable credits at the 1st and 2nd-year level. These must include a minimum of 18 credits in Science at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas (See Specific Requirements C2).

Students can accumulate credits at more than one institution and have them count as transfer credits towards the associate of science degree at VCC as long as they are equivalent courses and they meet the general and specific requirements of the credential. Students will be required to complete at least 50% of their course work from VCC.

In addition to receiving an Associate of Science degree, students who complete the courses laid out in the Biology Flexible Pre-Major pathway will meet the first and second year Biology major subject requirements for a number of degree-granting institutions.

Biology Flexible Pre-Major Pathway
In order to be eligible for transfer into third year biology at UBC, SFU, and other institutions, it is recommended that students complete the following courses as part of their Associate of Science degree.

First Year Courses
English (6 credits)
ENGL 1100 - University Transfer English 1 (3 credits)
ENGL 1200 - University Transfer English 2 (3 credits)
Or
ENGL 1101 - English 1101 (3 credits)
ENGL 1102 - English 1102 (3 credits)

Math (6 credits)
MATH 1100 - Calculus 1 (3 credits)
MATH 1200 - Calculus 2 (3 credits)

• Science (24 credits)
BIOL 1100* - Biology 1 (4 credits)
BIOL 1200* - Biology 2 (4 credits)
CHEM 1121*- Chemistry 1 (4 credits)
CHEM 1223*- Chemistry 2 (4 credits)
PHYS 1100* - Physics 1 (4 credits)
PHYS 1200* - Physics 2 (4 credits)
* lab science course

Second Year Courses
• Math (3 credits)
MATH 1111 - Introduction to Statistics (3 credits, required for transfer to SFU)

Science (24 credits)
BIOL 2200* - Biochemistry (4 credits)
BIOL 2100* - Cell Biology (4 credits)
BIOL 2104* - Introduction to Ecology (3 credits)
BIOL 2134* - Genetics 1 (4 credits)
CHEM 2130* - Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits)
CHEM 2230* - Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credits)

Students must take at least one organismal course (such as vertebrate biology) in 2nd year to transfer to UBC
Arts other than English Courses (6 credits)
Any courses such as, but not limited to, the following.

CRIM 1150 - Introduction to Criminology (3 credits)
CRIM 1160 - The Canadian Legal System (3 credits)
ECON 1100 - Microeconomics (3 credits)
ECON 1200 - Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECON 2300 - Managerial Economics (3 credits)
ECON 2600 – Environmental Economics (3 credits)
GEOG 1100 - Society, Space, Environment: Introducing Human Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 2241 - Social Geography (3 credits)
INDG 1100 - Introduction to First Nations & Indigenous Studies (3 credits)
POLI 1100 - Introduction to Politics and Government (3 credits)
PSYC 1100 - Psychology 1 (3 credits)
PSYC 1200 - Psychology 2 (3 credits)
PSYC 2300 – Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 2320 – Research Methods in Psychology (3 credits)
REMA 1100 - Global Change (3 credits)
SOCI 1100 - Sociology 1: Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
SOCI 1200 - Sociology 2: Canadian Society (3 credits)
SCIE 1110 - Professional Communication (3 credits)
* lab science course

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation of the student is determined by the instructors and may include a combination of assignments, tests, projects, theory, exams and/or practical exams. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 (C average) is required, with a minimum passing grade (D or better) in each course counting towards the Associate of Science.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

All students must meet the general University Transfer requirements.

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English 12 with a C+ or equivalent or English language proficiency at an English 12 level
  • Pre-calculus 12 with a B or equivalent
  • Notes:

    • Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite course(s) or equivalents leading to courses in the Associate degree (for example: prerequisite course Chemistry 12 or equivalent needs to be successfully completed in order to take CHEM 1121-Chemistry 1).
    • Specific post-secondary level courses may be used to substitute for high school courses.

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(BIOL 1100) Biology 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(CHEM 1121) Chemistry 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(CRIM 1150) Introduction to Criminology
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(CRIM 1160) The Canadian Legal System
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(ECON 1100) Microeconomics
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(ENGL 1100) University Transfer English 1
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(ENGL 1101) English 1101
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(GEOG 1100) Society, Space, Environment: Introducing Human Geography
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(INDG 1100) Introduction to First Nations & Indigenous Studies
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 1100) Calculus 1
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PHYS 1100) Physics 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(POLI 1100) Introduction to Politics and Government
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PSYC 1100) Psychology 1
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(REMA 1100) Global Change
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(SOCI 1100) Sociology 1 - Introductory Sociology
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline


Term 2

(BIOL 1200) Biology 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(CHEM 1223) Chemistry 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(ECON 1200) Macroeconomics
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(ENGL 1102) English 1102
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(ENGL 1200) University Transfer English 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 1200) Calculus 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PHYS 1200) Physics 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
(PSYC 1200) Psychology 2
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(SCIE 1110) Professional Communication
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(SOCI 1200) Sociology 2 - Canadian Society
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline


Term 3

(BIOL 2100) Cell Biology
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(BIOL 2104) Introduction to Ecology
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(BIOL 2134) Genetics 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(CHEM 2130) Organic Chemistry 1
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(ECON 2300) Managerial Economics
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(MATH 1111) Introduction to Statistics
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PSYC 2300) Abnormal Psychology
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline


Term 4

(BIOL 2200) Biochemistry
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(CHEM 2230) Organic Chemistry 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline
(ECON 2600) Environmental Economics
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline
(GEOG 2241) Social Geography
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits  course outline
(PSYC 2320) Research Methods in Psychology
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits course outline