Program Highlights

Are you curious about the living world? If you want to understand how life works and open the door to diverse career opportunities in the life sciences, consider an Associate of Science Degree - Biology at CapU.

Biology is the science that explores and explains the life within and around us, investigating everything from how molecules move within cells to how ecosystems flourish in varied environments.  An Associates of Science Degree - Biology provides a firm foundation in the broad, exciting, and rapidly growing fields of life science. Our multidisciplinary and lab-focused curriculum emphasizes both the academic and applied skill sets you need to pursue opportunities in a range of fields including health, biotechnology, and conservation and resource management. You can also transfer 60 credits to other BC universities to continue your studies after graduation from CapU.

  • Use the scientific method - generate hypotheses; predict outcomes; collect, analyze and interpret data; compile and interpret graphs and figures; draw sound conclusions; modify predictions and identify knowledge gaps.
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques - conduct planned experiments, operate laboratory equipment, prepare dissections.
  • Communicate scientific information effectively - research and write annotated bibliographies, research and write essays and laboratory reports.
  • Explain and apply the core biological concepts of evolution, structure and function, information flow, the transformation of energy and matter, and systems functioning and interconnections.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSummerBoth
North VancouverFallBoth
North VancouverSpringBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,423 $1,638 $6,061
Year 2$4,423 $1,638 $6,061
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$8,847 $3,276 $12,122

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

English requirement

Total credits: 6.00

ENGLEnglish 100-Level6.00 credits


Mathematics requirements

Total credits: 6.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
MATH 108Calculus I for Business, Social Sciences and Life Sciences3.00 credits
MATH 116Calculus I - The Mathematics of Change4.00 credits
MATHMathematics3.00 credits


Biology requirements

Total credits: 8.00

Choose 8.00 credits from the following list:
BIOL 106Introductory Biology I1.50 credits
BIOL 107Introductory Biology II4.00 credits
BIOL 110General Biology I4.00 credits
BIOL 111General Biology II4.00 credits


Chemistry requirements

Total credits: 8.00

CHEM 110Bonding and Structure4.00 credits
CHEM 111Chemical Dynamics and Energetics4.00 credits


Physics requirements

Total credits: 4.00

Choose 4.00 credits from the following list:
PHYS 110General Physics I4.00 credits
PHYS 114Fundamental Physics I4.00 credits


Biology electives

Total credits: 14.00


14.00 credits of Biology at the 200-level

BIOLBiology 200-Level14.00 credits


Science electives

Total credits: 6.00

Choose 6.00 credits from the following list:
Science at 200-Level3.00 credits
Science at 200-Level (other than Biology)3.00 credits



Total credits: 6.00

Choose 6.00 credits of electives:
University Transferable Electives6.00 credits


Arts Electives (excluding English and any courses that have transfer credit in both Arts & Science)

Total credits: 6.00

Choose 6.00 credits of electives:
University Transferable Arts Electives6.00 credits


Total program credits: 64.00

Program Notes

Please see Classification of Subjects for Associate Degrees in the University Calendar for clarification of Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Science electives.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Feb 2, 2021 - Dec 7, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 15, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 20, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 1, 2021 - May 3, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 7, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

May 2, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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