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Experience VCC Join us at Experience VCC on April 26 for an evening of free workshops, entertainment, and prizes.

Upgrade your science skills to prepare yourself for today’s job market and for higher learning.

These courses include biology, chemistry, physics and general science. They can be used as prerequisites for VCC career and University Transfer programs as well as programs at other colleges and universities.

Scheduled classes include Biology 11 and 12, Chemistry 11 and 12, and Physics 11 and 12.

For information on scheduled classes, phone 604.871.7000, ext. 7293


Ask us about the non-repayable Adult Upgrading Grant.
Contact VCC Financial Aid for more info.
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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Continuous Varies Intermediate or Advanced Certificate or Provincial Grade 12 Diploma Broadway and/or Downtown Full or Part-time

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Program Description

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Students should be 18 years of age or older, or out of the public school system for at least one year.
  • College assessments in reading, writing and mathematics may be required.
  • All students must see an advisor for course placement and permission to register
  • ESL students wishing to register in self-paced:
    • Mathematics must have completed Upper Intermediate English or higher
    • Physics must have completed Upper Advanced English or higher
    • Biology must have completed English 059 or higher, and
    • General Science must have completed Upper Advanced English or higher.

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Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $416 - per course
Student Union Fee $29 - per term
College Initiative Fee $7 - per course
U-Pass Fee $39 - per month subject to eligibility
Other Costs $8 - Campus Resource Fee

Approved Adult Upgrading Grant may cover the cost of these classes. See Financial Aid for Applications

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Earn your Grade 12 diploma, improve your literacy skills or upgrade your academic qualifications to pursue further study and start a new career.

VCC offers a range of academic courses for adults designed to meet individual goals. Attend an information session to learn about our math, science, computer and English courses, meet our teachers, ask questions and learn how to apply.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1120 East 7 Avenue at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.

Adult Upgrading Grants are available to cover tuition for qualified students in 2015-16. Ask us more at an information session or contact VCC Financial Aid to find out if you qualify.





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Course Schedule

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Currently Scheduled in Spring/Summer 2017 (201760)

(BIOL 0861) Biology 11 - Part 1 0.0 credits  course outline



BIOL 0861 is the first half of ABE Advanced level Biology. The course provides an introduction to biology from an ecological perspective. Students study evolution; the origin of life; cell biology; viruses, bacteria, protists and fungi; local land and aquatic ecosystems, including native species identification. Field trips are an important part of this course.

Biology 0861 and Biology 0871 can be taken at the same time or in any order. Both Biology 0861 and Biology 0871 are required for completion of ABE Advanced Biology.

Biology 0861 will include a minimum of four labs and two field trips. When combined with Biology 0871 this will meet or exceed the minimum requirement as outlined in the current ABE Articulation Handbook for Advanced Biology.

Field trips and lab requirements are mandated by the BC Provincial Articulation Committee in order to maintain transferability of Biology 0861/0871. Field trips allow students to explore local ecology in order to meet intended learning outcomes such as - Conduct field procedures safely and ethically - Analyze and interpret data collected - Native species identification (see current BC Articulation guide for details).

Prerequisites: Math 10 (VCC MATH 0751, Foundations of Math & Precalculus 10, or equivalent); English 10 or equivalent.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60492 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0830 - 1029
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Gallagher, Zoe


(BIOL 0871) Biology 11 - Part 2 0.0 credits  course outline



This class-based course is designed to study plants and the diversity of animals, including humans, and examine their structures, functions, evolution and environments, including our interactions with selected species. Field trips are an important part of this course. This self-paced course consists of invertebrates, chordates, evolution, ecology, and a bird identification field trip.

Both Biology 0861 and Biology 0871 are required for Grade 11 Biology equivalency. Biology 0861 and Biology 0871 can be taken at the same time or in any order. Biology 0871 will include a minimum of four labs and two field trips. When combined with Biology 0861 this will exceed the ABE advanced Biology
requirement for a minimum of seven dedicated laboratory and /or fieldwork activities.

Field trips and lab requirements are mandated by the BC Provincial Articulation Committee in order to maintain transferability of Biology 0861/0871. Field trips allow students to explore local ecology in order to meet intended learning outcomes such as - Conduct field procedures safely and ethically - Analyze and interpret data collected - Native species identification (see current BC Articulation guide for details).

While not required, it is strongly recommended that students have English 11.

Prerequisites: Math 10 (VCC MATH 0751, Foundations of Mathematics & Precalculus 10, or equivalent); English 10 or equivalent.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60493 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0830 - 1029
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Kelly, Jennifer


(BIOL 0983) Biology 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits  course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60495 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0830 - 1029
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Lawrence, Gary
  60496 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Lawrence, Gary


(BIOL 0993) Biology 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits  course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60947 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0830 - 1029
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Lum, Elaine
  60948 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Kelly, Jennifer


(CHEM 0861) Chemistry 11 - Part 1 0.0 credits  course outline



This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of chemistry through lecture and laboratory activities.  The content includes the scientific method, measurement, safety measures in a laboratory environment, density, elements and compounds, properties of matter, early atomic theory, atomic mass,  nomenclature, percent composition, mole and molar mass, balancing equations, stoichiometry, gases and heat in chemical reactions.

Both Chemistry 0861 and Chemistry 0871 are required for Grade 11 Chemistry equivalency.

It is recommended that Chemistry 0861 be taken before or at the same time as Chemistry 0871

Pre-requisites: Precalculus 11 (successfully completed within the last 3 years, a minimum score of 72% on the Intermediate Algebra Math Assessment, or equivalent); English 10 or equivalent; If the math prerequisite is not met, MATH 0861 must be taken at the same time as CHEM 0861.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60559 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2159
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Colombo, Greg
  60655 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Moutal, Roland


(CHEM 0871) Chemistry 11 - Part 2 0.0 credits  course outline



This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of chemistry through lecture and laboratory activities.  The content includes the scientific method and measurement, safety measures in a laboratory environment, early atomic theory and structure, modern atomic theory, chemical bonds, organic chemistry, water and liquids, solutions, acids-bases and salts and nuclear chemistry. 

Both Chemistry 0861 and Chemistry 0871 are required for Grade 11 Chemistry equivalency.

It is recommended that Chemistry 0861 be taken before or at the same time as Chemistry 0871

Prerequisite: English 10 or equivalent; Precalculus 11 (successfully completed within the last 3 years, a minimum score of 72% on the Intermediate Algebra Math Assessment, or equivalent); If the math prerequisite is not met, MATH 0861 must be taken at the same time as CHEM 0871.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60950 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Colombo, Greg
  60951 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2159
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Colombo, Greg


(CHEM 0983) Chemistry 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits  course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60561 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Colombo, Greg


(CHEM 0993) Chemistry 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits  course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60945 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Van, Diem Ly


(PHYS 0861) Physics 11 - Part 1 0.0 credits  course outline



This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of physics through lecture and laboratory activities.  Motion is introduced and then gradually, mathematical models are developed allowing the student to quantify observations and predictions.  The content includes measurement, kinematics, dynamics, momentum and energy, and an introduction to special relativity. 

Physics 0861 and Physics 0871 can be taken at the same time or in any order.

Both Physics 0861 and Physics 0871 are required for Grade 11 Physics equivalency.

Prerequisites:  Precalculus 11 (successfully completed within the last 3 yrs., a minimum score of 72% on the Intermediate Algebra Math Assessment, or equivalent); English 10 (ENGL 059, an ELA score of 127, or equivalent).  If the math prerequisite is not met, MATH 0861 must be taken at the same time as PHYS 0861.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60511 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Moutal, Roland


(PHYS 0871) Physics 11 - Part 2 0.0 credits  course outline



This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of physics through lecture and laboratory activities.  Mathematical models are developed allowing the student to quantify observations and predictions.  The content includes vibrations, waves, sound, light, heat, and electricity. 

Both Physics 0861 and Physics 0871 are required for Grade 11 Physics equivalency.

Physics 0861 and Physics 0871 can be taken at the same time or in any order.

Prerequisites: Precalculus 11 (successfully completed within the last 3 yrs., a minimum score of 72% on the Intermediate Algebra Math Assessment, or equivalent); English 10 (ENGL 059, an ELA score of 127, or equivalent).  If the math prerequisite is not met, MATH 0861 must be taken at the same time as PHYS 0871.

In addition to the class lectures, College Foundations ABE courses offer students tutorials for one-on-one support from instructors.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60952 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1030 - 1229
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Farley, Richard


(PHYS 0983) Physics 12 - Part 1 4.0 credits  course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60651 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
01-May-2017
to 28-Jun-2017
Bekirov, Aydan


(PHYS 0993) Physics 12 - Part 2 4.0 credits  course outline
CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60953 BWY-A Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MTWRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1459
04-Jul-2017
to 25-Aug-2017
Farley, Richard


Upcoming Schedules in Fall 2017 (201770)

Course(s)

Biology 11 - Part 1 (BIOL 0861)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits  course outline
Biology 11 - Part 2 (BIOL 0871)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits  course outline
Biology 12 - Part 1 (BIOL 0983)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
Biology 12 - Part 2 (BIOL 0993)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
Chemistry 11 - Part 1 (CHEM 0861)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits  course outline
Chemistry 11 - Part 2 (CHEM 0871)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits  course outline
Chemistry 12 - Part 1 (CHEM 0983)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
Chemistry 12 - Part 2 (CHEM 0993)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
Physics 11 - Part 1 (PHYS 0861)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits  course outline
Physics 11 - Part 2 (PHYS 0871)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits  course outline
Physics 12 - Part 1 (PHYS 0983)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline
Physics 12 - Part 2 (PHYS 0993)
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits  course outline