Considering a career in biology? Is there a potential for medical school in your future? You’ll want to make sure to get a strong start on your education. College of the Rockies students completed university with an overall higher grade-point-average (GPA) than did their counterparts at most other BC colleges and universities. We think a big reason for that success is our small classrooms, which allow our great faculty the chance to really get to know you.
Our Biology and Medicine Pre-Major Associate degree helps lay out the courses you may need for the first two years of study toward a degree in Biology. This Associate degree also provides the course prerequisites for admission into the UBC School of Medicine while providing two of the first three required years of study before applying to medical school. Education Advisors are available to assist in course selection to ensure all requirements for your particular path are met.
Have plans to go to university? Our Dual Admission agreements with University of Lethbridge and University of Victoria get you started on the right foot at the College before you transfer into your guaranteed seat at either ULeth or UVIC.
This program is designed to facilitate maximum transferability to a full degree program after two years at College of the Rockies.
Our Education Advisors are available to help you plan your Associate degree course list – and to plan for transferring credits to university to complete your degree. Additional sources include:
This course adopts a holistic approach to understanding health and wellness within Indigenous communities. Students examine many factors and conditions that impact Indigenous community health from a strength based rather than problem focused approach. This course also focuses on Indigenous worldviews in terms of how community health and wellness is articulated and maintained.
Traditional knowledge and Indigenous scholarship are incorporated alongside anthropological perspectives. Whether delivered face to face or online, the course is treated as an interactive lecture series. Indigenous representatives from local communities and scholars knowledgeable about course topics share their valuable insights and knowledge with students.
This course engages students in an in-depth study of the traditional and contemporary approaches used by Indigenous people to support and heal their communities from a contemporary anthropological, decolonized and indigenized approach. Students are challenged to integrate these approaches to examine, articulate and develop their own practice frameworks and ethical perspectives. Elder teachings, engagement with Indigenous community members and indigenous scholarship are integral to this course.
An introduction to the structure and function of organisms with particular reference to molecular, biochemical and physiological aspects of the living world. Designed for students seeking a degree or diploma in a field of science or technology, BIOL 101, with BIOL 102, lays the foundations on which the higher-level courses in Biology are based. It is also suitable as an elective course for general interest or arts students.
BIOL 102 is an introduction to organismic and population biology with emphasis on reproduction, genetics, developmental biology, evolution, diversity and ecology.
Introduction to Microbiology is an introduction to the general principles of microbiology. Lectures and laboratory exercises explore fundamental topics of microbiology, environmental microbiology and molecular microbiology such as diversity of microorganisms, microbial structure, metabolism, genetics and microbial ecology emphasizing applied, medical and environmental microbiology. The laboratory introduces methods for safe handling of microorganisms, techniques of microbial isolation, enumeration and identification as well as experiments relevant to lectures.
This course studies the relationship between cell structure and cell function. The structure/function of the cell membrane and most organelles are covered in detail. Topics also include the evolution of the eukaryotic cell, cell movements, and cell reproduction. An introduction to cytogenetics is also presented. The material in Biology 201 is an integral part of an undergraduate biological sciences program and is especially appropriate for students interested in health-related sciences, microbiology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, botany, zoology, and general biology.
BIOL 202 is a continuation of BIOL 201. Through lectures and labs the course emphasizes the structural and functional aspects of cellular chemistry. Topics include cellular energetics, enzyme kinetics, respiration, photosynthesis, membrane transport, the genetic code, glycobiology, lipid biology, and protein biology. The laboratory exercises emphasize proper experimental techniques, data collection and analysis and technical writing skills.
Genetics is the study and understanding of inheritance and development of organisms. This course will provide an introduction to genes and gene function. Mendelian and extra-mendelian genetics and molecular genetics review and expand on these topics explored in first year biology. Topics in transmission, molecular and quantitative genetics will also be discussed. Lab material will include descriptive aspects, techniques, data analysis and experimentation.
This course studies of the interactions between organisms and their environment at the organismal, population, community and ecosystem levels. Topics considered include energy flow, nutrient cycling, ecological succession, population dynamics and evolutionary processes. Local examples may be used to illustrate some of the principles.
This course covers the evolution and comparative anatomy of cephalochordates, urochordates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The comparative anatomy of major organ systems among fishes, amphibians, birds, and mammals will be studied in the lab via dissection of representative organisms. The lab will emphasize the relationship between structure and function of vertebrate organisms while the lecture will focus on current controversies and discoveries in the scientific study of vertebrate evolution.
This course presents the fundamental principles of chemistry with particular reference to acid-base and redox chemistry, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, properties of liquids, gases, solids and their solutions, phase changes, and thermochemistry. The associated laboratory exercises emphasize proper experimental techniques, data collection and analysis, safety and technical writing skills.
Together with CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 provides a solid foundation in fundamental chemical principles. Topics include equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, chemistry of the main group elements and the chemistry of organic and biomolecules. The associated laboratory exercises emphasize proper experimental technique, data collection and analysis, safety and technical writing skills.
CHEM 201 is an introductory course in organic chemistry including the structure and reactions of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and their derivatives. The laboratory stresses the techniques of preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds
CHEM 202 is a continuation of CHEM 201 involving the structure and reactions of the more complex aliphatic, aromatic and heterocyclic systems including an introduction to natural product chemistry and industrially important organic compounds. The laboratory stresses synthetic methods and some analytical procedures.
English 100 focuses on composition for academic purposes and develops a student’s ability to write clearly and effectively. Students also learn the fundamentals of critical thinking, persuasive writing techniques (including rhetorical appeals and devices), scholarly research, and academic reading.
An introduction to the critical reading of literature through the study and analysis of poetry and drama across historical periods from Shakespeare to twenty-first century poets and dramatists. While this course will teach students how to perform college-level literary analysis of canonical texts, it will also teach them how to question and evaluate the cultural narratives that literature circulates. As such, the class will explore questions of gender, class, race, nationhood/nation building, and the problematic literary canon in order to develop strategies for negotiating complex literary texts and to become better, more nuanced readers.
English 102 introduces students to the genre of literary fiction from the origins of the short story in early nineteenth century to the novels of twentieth and twenty-first century. The aim of ENGL 102 is to read fiction with an understanding of genre, technique and form; to apply various critical strategies to literary texts; and to develop analytical writing skills appropriate to essays at the university level. Ultimately, the course encourages students to consider how narrative forms can shape, challenge and respond to their moral, social, and political contexts
This course is intended for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Topics include: functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, their interpretation, differentiation rules, techniques of differentiation, implicit differentiation, inverse functions, exponential functions, logarithms, applications of differentiation such as linear approximations, Newton’s method, related rates, analysis of graphs, and optimization, the Mean Value Theorem, definite and indefinite integrals, integration by substitution, Riemann sums, and applications of integration. Calculus is a necessary step in any career in the sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics. It is also useful in any field which uses Statistics to analyze data.
Topics include: Logarithmic, exponential and hyperbolic functions, complex numbers, integration techniques (substitution, parts, partial fractions, trigonometric substitution, numerical methods), I’Hôpital’s rule, improper integrals, sequences, series, convergence tests (divergence, integral, comparison, limit comparison, ratio, root, and alternating series tests), Taylor Maclaurin and Fourier series, vectors (dot products, vector valued functions), and polar curves. Calculus is a necessary step in any career in the sciences including Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics. It is also useful in any field which uses Statistics to analyze data.
This course introduces the student to how calculus is used to build physical theory and to solve problems in kinematics, dynamics, momentum, and centre of mass calculations. In addition, the student is introduced to several conservation laws, in particular conservation of mechanical energy and linear and angular momentum.
This course builds on PHYS 103. Electric and magnetic fields are used as examples of vector fields, and the concept of flux and Gauss's theorem are used to calculate the electric field in simple cases. Line integrals and the gradient are introduced as a means of going between electric field and potentials. Students are taught the uses for resistors, capacitors, and inductors and how to do calculations for circuits which use them. Ideas from relativity and quantum mechanics are introduced.
This course provides an introduction to the history, principles, and methods of psychology. Topics may include the brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning and memory, thinking and language, and states of consciousness.
This course is a continuation of PSYC 101. Topics may include development across the lifespan, intelligence, motivation, emotion, stress and health, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social behaviour.
This course introduces the fundamental ideas of statistics and can be applied to any discipline. Topics include: collection, description, and presentation of data; calculating central tendency and dispersion; probability and statistical inference; hypothesis testing (means, proportions, variances, one and two samples); correlation and regression; decision making and sampling, Goodness of Fit Tests, and Contingency Tables.
This course is intended for students who are pursuing Engineering or a Bachelor of Science degree. Topics include probability theory, random variables, expected values, variance, moments, probability distributions (binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, geometric, negative binomial and gamma), estimation (properties of estimators, method of maximum likelihood and method of moments), hypothesis testing (type I and II errors, and generalized likelihood ratio tests), distributions (?2, t and F) and their tests, goodness of fit and contingency tables, regression and ANOVA. Statistics are used to analyze data throughout the sciences, including Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine and Physics.
|Tuition Year 1:||$3375.0|
|Tuition Year 2:||$3375.0|
|Student Association Fee:||$138.0|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$459.0|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
|Tuition Year 1||$11700.0|
|Tuition Year 2||$12650.0|
|Student Association Fee||$138.0|
|Bus Pass Fee||$177.6|
|Health and Dental Fee||$459.0|
*These prices are for international students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.
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