Biology Department

Studying biology at CapU will prepare you for a career in life sciences, in areas including health, ecology and biotechnology, as well as conservation, education and resource management.

Why study biology at CapU?

Biology is the science of life, exploring how organisms develop, function and interact with other living things. It’s a wide-ranging area of study that extends from the microscopic to the global view. 

This incredibly varied subject offers a rich diversity of sub-disciplines and many pathways for exploration. Biologists increase our knowledge of the natural world and human wellbeing, and their work is at the forefront of contemporary global issues ranging from gene therapy to climate change.

Small classes, hands-on experience

At Capilano University biology courses are taught in small, interactive classes that emphasize hands-on experience both in the laboratory and out in the field. Student-centred learning is enriched by one-on-one mentoring from instructors. 

You’ll find additional opportunities to broaden your skills outside the classroom through Capu’s EarthWorks program. A multidisciplinary organization for students and staff, EarthWorks addresses environmental issues on campus and across the wider community.

Career paths and further education

Many students use their studies at CapU as a launchpad for a future in a wide variety of medical fields.

After completing CapU’s Associate of Science Degree – Biology, you may choose to further your studies by transferring to the third year of a Bachelor of Science program at another post-secondary institution. Find out more in the BC Transfer Guide's Biology Flexible Pre-Major Transfer Agreement.

Biology programs

CapU's biology department offers two programs: the Associate of Science degree, and the Associate of Science degree - Biology. Both are two-year academic credentials. 

The Associate of Science degree offers the flexibility to study a broad range of science courses along with general electives. You can transfer 60 credits to other BC universities to continue your studies after graduating from CapU. 

The Associate of Science degree - Biology gives you a strong foundation in the latest biological tools, technologies and practices, along with core skills in physics and chemistry. 

Upon graduating with an Associate of Science degree - Biology you may choose to transfer into the third year of a Bachelor of Science program at another post-secondary institution. Find out more in the BC Transfer Guide's Biology Flexible Pre-Major Transfer Agreement.

Alice Pletcher
DDA 1, STEM, School of, Emergency Floor Warden Fir
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics & Statistics
Engineering
Physics
Computing and Data Science

604 984 4955 ext. 4955
Fir Building, room FR471
apletche@capilanou.ca
Ann Meitz
Lab Convenor, Biology
School of STEM
Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 983 7565 ext. 7565
Fir Building, room FR309a
ameitz@capilanou.ca
Bradley Fessenden
Lab Supervisor, Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 3026
Fir Building, room FR309A
bradleyfessenden@capilanou.ca
Elaine Simons Lane
Biology Lab Technician
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 2331
Fir Building, room FR305A
elainesimonslane@capilanou.ca
Eugene Chu
Coordinator/ Instructor, Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 3492
Fir Building, room FR486
eugenechu@capilanou.ca
Eunice Chin
Instructor, Biology
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 3476
Fir Building, room FR480
eunicechin@capilanou.ca
Lindsay Bird
Biology Lab Technician
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 7318
Fir Building, room FR305a
lindsaybird@capilanou.ca
Marja de Jong Westman
Instructor, Biology
School of STEM
Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 3478
Fir Building, room FR484
mdejong@capilanou.ca
Michael Kiraly
Instructor, Biology
School of STEM
Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 2430
Fir Building, room FR493
mkiraly@capilanou.ca
Michelle Gunness
Instructor, Adult Basic Education
School of Access & Academic Preparation - Adult Basic Education
School of STEM
Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Access & Academic Preparation
Faculty of Education
Health and Human Development

604 986 1911 ext. 2552
Birch Building, room BR370
mgunness@capilanou.ca
Nazar Kovalevskyy
Biology and Chemistry Lab Technician
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology
Chemistry

604 986 1911 ext. 3497
Fir Building, room FR308A
nazarkovalevskyy@capilanou.ca
Noriko Cool
Department Assistant - STEM, Emergency Floor Warden Fir
School of STEM
Biology
Chemistry
Engineering
Computing and Data Science
Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604 986 1911 ext. 7420
Fir Building, room FR471
norikocool@capilanou.ca
Paul McMillan B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD
Chair Sch. of STEM, Instructor, Biology
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 2445
Fir Building, room FR475
pmcmilla@capilanou.ca
Rachel Clearwater
Instructor, Biology
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 2418
Fir Building, room FR309A
rachelclearwater@capilanou.ca
Thomas Flower B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., PhD
Instructor, Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Biology

604 986 1911 ext. 3495
Fir Building, room FR494
thomasflower@capilanou.ca
Wendy Dansie
Divisional Supervisor, STEM, School of, Move Up Executive Councillor/Staff Rep., Emergency Floor Warden Fir
MoveUP Union Office
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of STEM
Mathematics & Statistics
Engineering
Physics
Computing and Data Science
Chemistry
Biology

604 990 7856 ext. 7856
Fir Building, room FR471a
wdansie@capilanou.ca

Contact

Have questions about this department?

Biology Department


604 986 1911, ext. 4955
Fir Building, room FR471
sciences@capilanou.ca

Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
registration@capilanou.ca