Information for Biology Students

This page contains general information useful for Biology students.

  • For the Fall 2020 semester, all courses will be BIOL courses will be offered ONLINE, except for the courses listed below. The delivery for the Spring 2021 semester has not yet been finalized. 
    • BIOL 325 (Ornithology), BIOL 357 (Entomology) - optional face-to-face activities (field and/or lab).
    • BIOL 375 (Ecological Methodology), BIOL 491 (Undergraduate Research Projects) - required face-to-face activities. Students who are unable to attend campus should consider alternative upper-level BIOL electives.
    • See also similar information for other science courses.
  • As many courses will be offered in alternate delivery mode due to COVID-19, students are expected to have access to adequate technology, which include:
  • Please make sure to check your email regularly because this is the main mode of communication from the university, VIU Registration and your instructors. We recommend that you check email at least once each day while taking courses and every few days outside of school time.
  • Many instructors use VIULearn Announcements to communicate course information, which you can receive via email. However, it’s important that you set up VIULearn to send you notification emails. See instructions below.

Setting Up VIULearn Email Notifications

  1. Log in to VIULearn (
  2. Click on your name at the top right of the VIULearn header.
  3. Select Account Settings followed by the Email tab.
  4. Under Forwarding Options at the bottom of the page, check the box for “Forward incoming messages to an alternate email account” and make sure that the address in the "Forwarding Email Address" box is correct and current.
  5. Select the Forward and mark read in the Inbox folder option.
  6. Click the Save and Close button.
  7. Click on your name at the top right of the VIULearn header.
  8. Select Notifications.
  9. Under Instant Notifications, make sure to check the boxes for "Announcements - announcement updated” and “Announcements - new announcement available”.
  10. You can also check the boxes for any other items for which you would like to receive email notifications (e.g. “Assignments - assignment feedback released”, “Grades - grade item released”).
  11. Click the Save button.
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