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Alexander College helps young people benefit from participating in the higher education community. We provide the first two years of university study leading to an Associate degree and university transfer in a student-centered and supportive environment.
Provide a serious and supportive learning environment where students with a variety of cultural backgrounds and language abilities can begin university study while simultaneously improving their English-language skills.
Provide academic preparation that is recognized by other academic institutions throughout North America and beyond, and that provides a foundation for successful progress through more advanced studies.
Foster individual growth and development by supporting each student’s academic achievement and involvement in the community life of the College.
Establish and maintain a reputation for excellence in the academic community in every aspect of College programs, activities, and services.
China's drive for modernization is explored with reference to the role of the Communist Party, the government and the individual. A survey of domestic policy and international relations. Students will draw upon a variety of sources: text readings, scholarly journals, popular literature, film/video assignments, and internet (www) sources in this interdisciplinary study of Chinese society.
Students not only learn about life in biology, but also develop their ability to ask questions, judge evidence, and solve problems.As a result, students completing a biology degree are able to make informed decisions about personal health, goods and services, and environmental issues. Some biologists use their knowledge to help people in the health care field. Others biologists complete research outdoors or in labs, or become involved in consulting and education.
An introduction to more advanced statistical techniques including econometrics and operations research. Students will be required to apply the statistical techniques covered in the course to data they collect in order to analyze problems of individual student interest.
Students not only learn about matter and energy in chemistry, but also develop their analytical, mathematical, and problem solving skills. As a result, students completing a chemistry degree can work in any industrial, education, scientific, or government field. Some chemists work in chemical companies doing research and analysis, while others become involved in law, finance, medicine, engineering, and pharmacy.
Commerce is an exciting field. The subjects that are taught are very useful – whether you are seeking to transfer to another university for your 3rd or 4th year, or whether you plan to use the skills and knowledge you gain to further your business career.
This webpage lists the courses that are offered as well as the instructors for each course. It also shows the transfer credits at selected universities in Canada that are popular transfer destinations for students at Alexander College.
To help you assess each course, the instructors each provide a description of their own background and qualifications, the content of the courses they teach, and why they like teaching.
Students not only learn about computer hardware and software; they also develop their ability to logically and creatively solve problems in an organized manner. As a result, students completing a computer science degree are valuable in many career paths. Some computer scientists create computer models for scientific research. Others work in management, business, or accounting.
Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. The economic way of thinking can help us make better choices.
Introductory courses in Economics provide individuals with a logical and consistent framework for understanding concepts like market equilibrium, social welfare, inflation, and the function of money. By acquiring a basic knowledge of economic analysis, students who take Economics courses are better prepared to think critically about the issues debated in the mass media.
Many careers that require the understanding and analysis of contemporary events will be enhanced by the study of economics. These include such professions as law, journalism, public policy, diplomacy, education, environmental science, medical administration, and international affairs. Economics provides a strong insight into the economic and public policy environment in which virtually every profession will be pursued. Hence, economics courses are an integral part of any undergraduate course of study.
Our English for Academic Purposes Program is primarily for students who want to attend college and university, but who are not quite ready to do so because they do not have the English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills they need to succeed. We help students cultivate these skills in the context of instruction in university subjects such as business, the humanities, and the sciences, which students will take when they transition to college and university. Unlike most other colleges, we allow students who are enrolled in our senior level EAP courses to take some college-level courses. We stay true to the AC Motto: Your road to university starts here.
The University Transfer Program
The AC English Department also offers university-level courses, which are accredited by the other colleges and universities in British Columbia, including UBC, SFU, and UVic. Our Strategies for University Writing course, ENGL 100, prepares students for the academic writing assignments they will have to undertake when they transfer to UBC, SFU or another college or university.
Our other UT courses are in literature. Many universities require their students to take a writing course, such as ENGL 100, plus one literature course to complete their first-year English requirements. Most AC students take ENGL 101 — An Introduction to Fiction — or ENGL 102 — An Introduction to Poetry — to complete their first-year English requirement.
We are currently developing our second-year literature course offerings, which will allow AC students to take more advanced courses in Canadian, British, and American literature.
This course examines selected historical and aesthetic developments in world cinema, with an emphasis placed on learning how to appreciate the medium of film. Students will become familiar with and learn to critique various directorial styles and film genres. The cultural, artistic and political contexts of national cinematic movements will also be examined. A series of foreign and North American feature and documentary films and clips will be screened during class.
The Professional & Practical Side of Historical Studies
Some professional historians practice their occupation directly as writers, educators or researchers. People in other professions also use their historical education as an essential foundation for their careers as diplomats, lawyers, business people, politicians, filmmakers and journalists. Many historians work as entrepreneurs and independent contractors while others are employed by business, government or other institutions and organizations. There are business historians, military and political historians as well as historians of medicine, art, sports, religion, technology and science – and in many other, often surprising, fields.
Historians increasingly work closely with other disciplines such as archaeology, anthropology, and sociology. Modern historians now frequently employ the tools and methodologies of the chemist, biologist, astronomer, geologist, statistician, geneticist and forensic scientist. Working with these other fields of knowledge can reveal new and exciting layers of history well beyond what is ordinarily found in books, manuscripts, primary source documents and oral traditions, the traditional raw materials of the historian’s craft.
With the increasing importance of science and information technology, prospects for careers in mathematics are very good.
Analytical and quantitative skills are sought after by a wide range of employers. Almost all industries require mathematicians in some capacity, including science, business, finance, manufacturing, government, management, and education.
A strong background in mathematics can lead to actuarial sciences, which involves statistical analysis and risk assessment for insurance companies and other large corporations.Many professional graduate schools, particularly law schools, look favourably on applications from mathematics students because of their logical reasoning skills. Mathematics teachers are in great demand in high schools and elementary schools across the country.
An introduction to some of the central problems of philosophy. Topics to be discussed include theories of reality; the nature and sources of knowledge, truth, evidence, and reason; the justification of belief and knowledge about the universe. These topics and problems are considered as they arise in the context of issues such as: relativism versus absolutism; the existence of God; personal identity; the nature of the mind and its relation to the body; free will and determinism; the possibility of moral knowledge.
Students not only learn about science and technology in physics, but they also develop their analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills. As a result, students completing a physics degree are prepared for almost any career. Some physicists work with computers and in labs to test theories, make new discoveries, develop new applications, or improve the efficiency of older technology. Others become involved in law, finance, medicine, engineering, computer science, and biology.
The AC Psychology Department typically offers about 20 Psychology courses per year at both the Burnaby and Downtown Vancouver campuses. Several sections of the two introductory first year courses are offered each semester, while the second-year psychology courses are offered less frequently. For instance, PSYC217 (Research Methods) and PSYC218 (Data Analysis) are normally offered in alternate semesters. Course outlines and Curriculum Guides are available online (see http://www.alexandercollege.ca/academic-programs/university-transfer/psychology/). All of AC’s psychology courses transfer to equivalent courses at other BC postsecondary institutions.
Graduates with a sociology degree are equipped for employment in a wide range of industries. These include but are not limited to: work in government, education, human resources and marketing. Sociology provides the foundation training for occupations such as policy analyst, social worker, actuarialist, labor relations officer, employment counselor, market researcher, etc. A degree in sociology also prepares students for graduate studies in fields such as Law, Social Work, Education, Health Administration, Counselling, and Urban Planning.
Statistical research methodology and associated analysis techniques aimed at a non-mathematical audience (non-calculus based). This course introduces procedures that are most commonly used in the investigation of survey and experimental data.
The Alexander College Library plays a key role in achieving the educational directives of the college by serving as an information centre in which students engage in academic, cultural and social activities. The Library is dedicated to providing the highest level of resources (whether traditional or digital) and instructional services so students and faculty can perform research, study, and surf the web with confidence. Services are thus patron-oriented, and are under constant re-evaluation to ensure that patron needs are consistently met. Services are arranged to serve you!!
The College Library has extensive collections of books, journals and audio-visual material that support the research and information needs of our students. Students have easy access to all materials. Library services can also be accessed from remote locations through the Web. The Library’s Web page contains links to periodical indexes, full-text journals and a variety of World Wide Web sites. Databases available through the library website provide access to online journals, newspapers, and magazines.
We provide access to the newest materials for the range of courses being offered as well as planning for new course offerings. We work with curriculum experts in various fields of study to ensure we have excellent curriculum-specific materials for our students.
The Alexander College Writing & Learning Centres provide free, ethical tutoring at both AC campuses. We provide in-person and online tutoring services for academic writing and all English, Humanities, Math, Sciences, Economics, Commerce & Business courses offered at Alexander College as well as in-class and campus-wide workshops. We help you develop your study and writing skills for success in your courses at Alexander College and beyond.
Alexander College students are eligible for up to 10 free, on-site, Health and Wellness Counseling sessions each academic year. These sessions are designed to provide students with a safe, supportive, and confidential space in which to discuss issues that may be causing distress and personal struggle. Some examples of common issues that are discussed with a Health and Wellness Counselor include anxiety, depression, relationships, stress, loneliness, substance misuse, or adjustment to new surroundings.
The college also provides workshops on topics such as stress management, body image, and healthy relationships, and can provide referrals to off-campus resources for ongoing services.
Alexander College’s Registered Clinical Counselor provides Health and Wellness Counseling services at both campus locations.
Canadian homestay placements are ideal for those students wanting a truly Canadian experience. Homestay families provide security, protection, and care for their host students, making them feel a part of the family, and integrating them into Canadian culture.
Students studying at Alexander College may choose their housing options in Vancouver depending on their preferences. The two main choices for housing are to stay in a homestay (with a local family) or rent an apartment. Since Alexander College does not have student residences, some students prefer to share apartments with friends or rent on their own.
For students who are under 19 years old, it is required by law in British Columbia that they stay in a homestay with a family and have a local, legal guardian. Homestay companies provide guardianship services for international students if required. Students over 19 years old may also choose to stay with a homestay family if they so desire.
Homestay Company Partners
Alexander College has partnerships with three local homstay companies that provide excellent accommodation for students with families who reside in the Greater Vancouver area. Below you will find relevant information about each company. For prices and procedures, simply follow the links provided below each company name. Please make sure to verify the application procedure and fees with a homestay company of your choice well before you arrive. It is highly recommended that you contact a homestay company via their website and receive application instructions directly from their staff.
Getting to know the Alexander College Student Association (ACSA)
ACSA is a group of students united by a desire to make a positive and substantial difference in the lives of other students here at Alexander College. ACSA provides its members with regular and dynamic opportunities to get involved in event planning, budgeting, acquisition of resources for the student body, creating activities that help students positively engage with life in Canada, and helping their fellow students make new friends, create new connections, and generally enhance the student experience at Alexander College.
In addition to playing an integral role in the enhancement of life at Alexander College, students who participate in ACSA gain invaluable experience in leadership, developing initiatives, and helping shape the Association’s policies and processes. Membership in ACSA counts as volunteer experience and is eligible to be included in your Co-Curricular Record – a benefit to you, as it can greatly improve your application for further studies and your career interests.
ACSA conducts weekly meetings at our Burnaby campus (typically Fridays at 1:00 pm) with lunch provided. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to come out to these meetings for an excellent chance to meet new people and get involved with shaping your experience at AC for the better!
I am not sure what career to choose. What assistance is available to help me?
Are you unsure what you want to major in? Are you confused about your career goals? A Career Advisor can help you explore what opportunities are out there for you, create some educational and career goals and help you to discover and explore your interests, values, personality and abilities.
Alexander College’s Career Advising service also offers students a variety of vocational assessments that may provide you with some valuable information about yourself and are a great way to start your career exploration journey.
Students are strongly advised to obtain medical insurance before travelling to Canada. Accidents and unexpected illness can occur at any time, and having insurance in place before you leave home is the best way to protect yourself and your family. If planning to purchase insurance once in Canada, this should be one of the first things done upon arrival.
Medical insurance coverage is mandatory for all residents of British Columbia. The College provides information and assistance by helping students to secure access to provincial healthcare or by connecting students with a suitable insurance provider.
Proof of medical insurance coverage is mandatory for all students prior to course registration, and must be maintained while attending the College. All students are expected to maintain valid medical insurance for the duration of their studies.
The College is not liable for any medical or dental expenses. Students from outside British Columbia, particularly international students, must obtain Visitors to Canada medical insurance to provide them with coverage for the first 90 days upon arrival in Canada. This 90-day waiting period is required by the BC government in order to process the student’s application for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) and is governed by the BC MSP Act. The BC MSP card becomes effective 90 days after your arrival in BC and the temporary Visitors to Canada medical insurance expires accordingly. Students from other Canadian provinces must also obtain BC MSP, and should check with their respective provincial medical services plan to verify what coverage would apply until they receive their new BC MSP card.
Attending a Workshop
Most workshops are scheduled throughout each term; keep an eye out on the notice boards and our social media sites for dates, times, and locations. In addition, you can request a workshop for your class or outside of your studies and our staff in Student Support will be happy to assist you. Simply visit the Student Life or Student Support office at either campus to get started.
Workshops on Student Support
Immigration: We regularly invite certified immigration specialists to speak with our students on topics pertaining to study permit renewal, student visa renewal, post-graduate work permit applications, and the processes involved in applying for permanent residency.
Medical Insurance: From time to time we offer information sessions on the different types of medical insurance available to (and required for) students.
Health and Wellness: Our Health and Wellness Counselor provides a number of workshops for classes and students on a wide variety of topics. Click here for the full list of topics to choose from and contact information to get you started.
Well qualified, fully engaged staff and instructors available to provide student-centered support.
Small class sizes, with limits set at 35 students or less for all subjects.
Full transferable courses within the BC Transfer System to colleges and universities within BC.
Personalized academic planning and advising services.
Free tutoring for all courses.
Individualized support in the Writing and Learning Centre.
Consideration of international course work and credentials.
An urban experience, with campuses located in central Burnaby and Vancouver.
Inclusive and interactive clubs, events, and indoor/outdoor activities.
Affordable fees compared with public colleges and universities.