Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture takes place at the first, second or third-year level.

Admission to third year requires completion of a minimum of 54 credits of university study, see Program Outline. In addition, admission to the B.Sc. program (including the practicum courses, FISH 371/372) will require an interview with the faculty that can be arranged during the second year. The interview will determine the student’s understanding of the current fisheries and aquaculture industry. This interview is necessary, as these two courses involve considerable work with institutions or companies outside VIU. Advanced standing may be granted for previous course work.

Courses in first year have prerequisites. To satisfy all first-year course prerequisites, students must complete the following B.C. Secondary School courses, or equivalent:

  • English 12 with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Biology 11, Chemistry 12, and Principles of Physics 11, all with a minimum grade of “C+”.
  • One of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum grade of “B”.
  • Biology 12 and Physics 12 are recommended but not required.
  • Some seats are available for students who have completed Chemistry 11 with a “C+” but have not completed Chemistry 12.

Students who are lacking any or all of the above-noted prerequisites for first-year courses should speak with a VIU Advisor about upgrading courses.

About the BSc

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture

is comprised of courses offered in the 2-year diploma program, upper-level lecture & research based Fisheries and Aquaculture courses,english, biology, chemistry, math, physics courses and non-science and free electives. If you are currently enrolled in the B.Sc. See a list of upper level science course suggestions.

In order to graduate, students must meet with the Department Chair to verify all course requirements have been completed. See all courses required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture. If you have taken courses at another BC post-secondary institution visit the BC Transfers web page to see if your courses are equivalent (and therefore transferable!) to required courses for the B.Sc degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture at Vancouver Island University.

Just to clarify ...There are two options for completing the Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture. The most popular option is students first complete the 2-year diploma and then begin the B.Sc. degree. Alternatively, students can enroll directly in the B.Sc degree.

Upper Level Science Elective Suggestions

*Note - students that have completed the diploma have all the prerequisites (min. "C-") to take the below listed courses.

ASTR 311 Exploring the Universe
ASTR 312 History of Astronomy and Cosmology
BIOL 305 Animal Physiology
BIOL 315 Parasitology
BIOL 320 Aquatic Ecosystems
BIOL 322 Terrestrial Ecosystems
BIOL 329 Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 351 Population and Community Ecology
BIOL 354 Bryophytes and Vascular Plants
BIOL 357 Entomology (students - start collecting bugs over the summer!)
BIOL 358 Comparative Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 360 Intro to Animal Behavior
BIOL 395 Tropical Ecology
BIOL 415 Ecological Parasitology (* Biol 315 is a pre-req)
GEOL 301  Cave & Karst Landscapes and Systems
GEOL 412 Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
GEOG 350 Natural Resource Management
CHEM 301 Aqueous Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 302 Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 312 Principles of Instrumental Analysis (*Chem 311 is a pre-req)
FRST 351 Forest Pathology
FRST 352 Forest Insect Pest Management
INTD 494 Integrated Seminar in Natural and Cultural Resource Management
MATH 346 Mathematical Biology
RMOT 423 Fisheries Management (different topics covered than in FISH 423)
RMOT 306 Environmental Monitoring
RMOT 357 Research Methods in Natural Resource Management
RMOT 401 Wildlife Management
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