Instructors incorporate a variety of activities that engage students in the learning experience, including case studies, student-led projects, and hands-on laboratory experiments.
Biology courses focus on understanding and appreciation of life through studying structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and sustainability of living organisms.
With the unique needs of international students in mind, courses are structured to be learner-centered, encourage independent learning, and advance critical thinking skills.
The Associate of Science degree serves as the foundation to transfer to a degree granting institution, and further pursue a career in environmental science, medicine, or research.
Students planning to transfer to a university to study biology are encouraged to follow the Flexible Pre-Major plan, and consult with the BC Transfer Guide for current information on transferable courses. The Flexible Pre-Major plan gives students useful information about the core courses that are transferable to receiving institutions in British Columbia.
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Jasmine Hue (PhD, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education)
Dr Jasmine Hue is a passionate educator with experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genetics. Her research interest is in using innovative methods in teaching focusing primarily on gamification and holds 2 Intellectual Property (IP) for education games used in classroom. She received teaching awards from her previous university; Vice Chancellor Education Award 2018 and Pro-Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence in Education 2017 (Early Career Category) for her teaching excellence. Her goal is to make learning science fun again!
Mitra Panahi (PhD, MSc, BSc)
Dr. Panahi obtained her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was a recipient of Ph.D. award from the Genentech Pharmaceutical Company, California, USA. She was also awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Blood Services to perform research on blood coagulation proteins at the Centre for Blood Research of the University of British Columbia.
She has worked as a research associate at the University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia and Health Canada. She has many years of teaching experience teaching many biology courses in various colleges and universities in Ottawa and in Vancouver.
Dr. Panahi believes in involving students in “active learning”. That means that students will learn best if they are given the opportunity to express the concepts and ideas through discussion and experimentation.
To accomplish this goal, Dr. Panahi actively engages them in class participation and discussion in order for them to express their ideas to their peers in a professional and respectful way.
Michael Chua (PhD, BSc)
Dirk VandePol (MSc, BSc, BA)
Sandra Pena-Diaz (PhD, BSc)
Dr. Sandra Pena-Diaz obtained her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. During her PhD studies she discovered her passion for teaching and learned the importance of research-based teaching techniques, which she currently applies in her courses to guide students in their learning. Sandra joined Alexander College in September of 2022, where she is committed to help students succeed in their courses. One of her main objectives as an instructor is to always try to explain complex biological concepts in a way that everyone can understand. Prior to joining Alexander College, she taught Anatomy and Physiology at Vancouver Community College and Gene Regulation at the University of British Columbia.
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