Take the first step toward a career as a microbiologist, nature conservation officer, doctor, pharmacologist, marine biologist and more with an Associate of Science Degree in Biology.
Biology is the study of life. It explores the diversity and similarities of living things and the interaction between them and their environments. If you’ve ever wondered how fingerprints are formed or why certain sounds – like nails dragged across a chalkboard – make your skin crawl, Biology has the answers.
Biology is also linked to other sciences, such as Chemistry and Physics, as each depends on the other to create life. For example, Biology depends on Chemistry because living things depend on the interaction of atoms and molecules. Without Physics, space, matter, energy and time and living things could not exist on Earth.
In this program, you’ll study human anatomy and physiology, general biology, microbiology, pathophysiology, marine biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, ecology, zoology and evolution.
An Associate of Science Degree in Biology can lead to a Biology Major or Minor Bachelor of Science Degree program at a university. Many universities prefer candidates with an Associate Degree and will accept students at a lower grade point average. In most cases, this degree will allow you to transfer to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at other universities.
(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)
To complete an Associate of Science Degree with a Specialization in Biology, students must complete:
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Science Degree at any B.C. college:
* English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Science Degree. Please see the Associate of Science Course Classifications table below for further information.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).
For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.