KPU launches two new bachelor of science degree programs in biology and health science

Mon, Apr 22, 2013


For immediate release

April 23, 2013

KPU launches two new bachelor of science degree programs in biology and health science

(Metro Vancouver, BC) - Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is proud to announce the addition of two new degree programs: bachelor of science (B.Sc.) major in biology and B.Sc. major in health science.

With these new degree programs, KPU addresses the gaps in science education within the South Fraser region. First year courses in the two programs will be offered this fall, 2013. Applications are currently being accepted.

“Our biology program is founded on the idea that the best way to learn science is by doing it,” said Dr. Carl Whitney, co-chair, biology department, KPU. “We have excellent laboratory facilities, and students will begin learning skills of scientific investigation straight away in their first year. Our graduates will be well-prepared to enter the job market or to pursue further education.”

Students pursuing the B.Sc. major in biology will undertake a rigorous course of study that requires laboratory work and undergraduate research. The program will equip students for graduate study, health professional and teacher certification programs, or jobs in industry, government or academic research.

The B.Sc. major in health science includes a core of basic science, health science and elective courses that will provide graduates with not only a solid science foundation but also critical health research, communication, and management skills. Graduates will be prepared for careers in health care and research practice, and will also meet the prerequisites to qualify for entry into health professional schools or graduate studies.

“KPU’s basic health science degree will offer students an opportunity to integrate a solid lab-based science education with courses geared toward providing an overview of the Canadian health care system,” said Dr. Jane Hobson, biology instructor, KPU. “Electives within the degree offer students the opportunity to aim toward one of many post graduate health care career pathways.”

KPU’s science programs provide students with an education beyond classroom learning, in a scholarly discipline that prepares them for professional careers. For more information visit,, or contact Dr. Carl Whitney at or Karen Vance at

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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