Biology, Associate of Science Degree

From the molecular to the global

Program at a glance

Credential

Associate Degree

Area of Study

Natural Sciences

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Open to International

Yes

Length

Two years

At a glance image

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An interconnected web of life

Start in September, January or May!

Biology surrounds us, sustains us, is us. Biology is the study of life from the molecular to a global perspective. It is the science that studies living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution. As a graduate of the two-year Associate of Science Degree in Biology program, you'll have a well-rounded education and you'll be ready to meet new challenges in employment or further education.

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A well-rounded start in biology

Biology is the study of life from the molecular level to a global perspective. This is an exciting and dynamic area of study. Get grounded in the basics with 20 fully transferable courses that will help you meet your goals for further education or employment. This Associate Degree program is designed to meet the provincial Associate Degree requirements while providing an appealing package of courses with maximum transferability to BC universities.

From microbiology to ecology

Camosun offers a full range of biology courses. You'll get one-on-one learning with our dedicated teaching faculty, as well as access to many teacher-taught seminars and labs.

As a biologist you'll have career opportunities in education, medicine and health, biotechnology, forestry, fisheries, and agriculture. This Associate Degree provides a solid academic foundation for further university studies, opening doors to employment in teaching, laboratory or field research, medicine and dentistry, and scientific writing in both the private and public sectors.

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What to expect

Located at our Lansdowne campus, the Associate of Science Degree in Biology is a focused, two-year program. You'll get to know your instructors as your classes, labs and seminars are all faculty-taught. During your program, you can choose to take an optional internship or co-op work term.

This program contains a blend of Arts and Science courses to support the concept of a broad education. 

Year 1

In your first year, you will take courses in biology, chemistry, English, math and physics.

Year 2

In your second year, you will take courses in organic chemistry, biochemistry, ecology, cell biology and genetics, and electives.

Optional Co-op or Internship

After you have completed at least eight courses, you can choose to complement your associate degree with a work term.

Transfer your credits to university

After graduation, you can transfer your course credits to continue your educational journey at a university in British Columbia or beyond.

Camosun has an agreement with Royal Roads University that will allow you to transition smoothly and finish your degree. When you graduate with the appropriate prerequisite qualifications, you'll receive full block transfer into the third year of the BSc Environmental Sciences or BSc Environmental Management degree or any program within the School of Environnmental Sustainability.

An investment in your career

Invest in yourself! Two years at Camosun can prepare you for a career or further university studies in biology.

Biology teacher and student

Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

$10,137 (domestic)
$33,520 (international)

Additional Student Fees

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

There are many financial resources to tap into while you are at college to help with your education and living costs. Apply for scholarships & awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Arts and Science.

You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.

A well-rounded start in biology

Biology is the study of life from the molecular level to a global perspective. This is an exciting and dynamic area of study. Get grounded in the basics with 20 fully transferable courses that will help you meet your goals for further education or employment. This Associate Degree program is designed to meet the provincial Associate Degree requirements while providing an appealing package of courses with maximum transferability to BC universities.

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School of Arts & Science

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September, January or May intake.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

One of:

  • C+ in Pre-calculus 11
  • C+ in MATH 073 
  • C+ in MATH 077 
  • C+ in MATH 137

And one of:

  • C in Biology 12 
  • C in BIOL 090 
  • C in BIOL 103 
  • C in Chemistry 12
  • C in CHEM 090 
  • C in CHEM 110 
  • C in Physics 12
  • C in PHYS 104 

For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Kate Pettem

Kate Pettem

Chair, Biology

I have a bachelor's in biochemistry, PhD in neuroscience, graduate certificate in teaching in higher education…and a passion for sharing science with ... Read more

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Sue Askew

Sue Askew

Lab Technologist, Biology

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Dominic Bergeron

Dominic Bergeron

Instructor, Biology

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Laura Biggs

Laura Biggs

Instructor, Biology

I've been instructing at the post-secondary level since 2005, starting out as an undergraduate laboratory instructor. After completing my Bachelor of ... Read more

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Brooke Cameron

Brooke Cameron

Instructor, Biology

I have been a science and biology educator since 2013 and strive for engagement, inquiry, and curiosity in my students. Prior to my time at Camosun, I ... Read more

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Sarah Cockburn

Sarah Cockburn

Instructor, Biology

I began teaching at Camosun College in 2013. Prior to that, I worked as a Senior Lab Instructor at the University of Victoria and as a researcher ... Read more

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Annette Dehalt

Annette Dehalt

Instructor, Biology

I am a marine zoologist with a background in whale and krill ecology. Integrated with earlier work in eco-tourism, environmental consulting and public ... Read more

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Jane Gair

Jane Gair

Instructor, Biology

My name is Jane Gair and I started teaching at Camosun College in January 2013. I have a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics and a PhD in Medical Ge ... Read more

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Jennifer Giuliani

Jennifer Giuliani

Instructor, Biology

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Leslie Glover

Leslie Glover

Lab Technologist, Biology

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Peggy Hunter

Peggy Hunter

Instructor, Biology

Studied Biology at the University of Calgary where I pursued lab work and graduate studies in the field of lipid metabolism at the Heritage Medical re ... Read more

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Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis

Instructor, Biology

Academic Training Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Colorado State University Masters of Science in Renal Physiology, University of Calgary ... Read more

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Charles Molnar

Charles Molnar

Instructor, Biology

I have been fortunate to be at Camosun College for 25 years, which has allowed me to live in a beautiful place, grow in many ways and be nourished by ... Read more

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Geoff Morris

Geoff Morris

Instructor, Biology

I have been a post-secondary educator since 2012 and started teaching at Camosun College in 2015. I have a BSc and MSc (Biology) from the University o ... Read more

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Thuy Nevado

Thuy Nevado

Instructor, Biology

I have a BSc from UBC and an MSc and BEd from McGill. I've been teaching General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology at Camosun since 1999 and find tea ... Read more

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Doug Panton

Doug Panton

Instructor, Biology

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Scott Parks

Instructor, Biology

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David Raju

David Raju

Instructor, Biology

A main goal of a Raju biology course is to create a community of learners. Case studies, labs, story exchanges and other group activities are conducte ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Lab Technologist, Biology

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Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Kate Pettem, Program Chair

General Program Questions

Campus location

Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Road
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Fisher 314A

250-370-3250

pettemk@camosun.ca

 

International students contact Camosun International