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Equivalencies and Advanced
Placement Program

Table of B.C. Secondary School Course Equivalencies

This table includes B.C Secondary School courses that may be listed in this Calendar as prerequisites to VIU courses or programs. B.C. Secondary School courses which are not listed as prerequisites, or which do not have an equivalent through one of these alternatives, are not included.

British Columbia Secondary School

VIU Adult Basic Education 1

Thompson Rivers University–Open Learning Division

Biology 11

BIOL 047

BIOL 0500

Biology 12

BIOL 067

BIOL 0600

Chemistry 11

CHEM 047

CHEM 0501

Chemistry 12

CHEM 067

Computer Studies 11

COST 047

English 11

ENGL 047

ENGL 0501

English 12 (see English Requirement below)

ENGL 067

ENGL 0601 OR ENGL 0641

Mathematics 11

MATH 045/046 or MATH 047

MATH 0523 OR MATH 0510 (A)

Mathematics 12

MATH 065/066 or MATH 067

MATH 0633

Physics 11

PHYS 047

PHYS 0501

Physics 12

PHYS 067

PHYS 0601

Notes

1 VIU recognizes Adult Basic Education courses completed at other B.C. post-secondary institutions to meet B.C. high school equivalencies.

English Requirement

Many programs require completion of a first–year English course. First–year English courses have a prerequisite of English 12, with a minimum grade of "C".

Acceptable alternatives to English 12 include First Peoples' English 12, VIU's ENGL 067, or ESLA 050.

Students who do not meet the English 12 requirement for admission to a program or course at Vancouver Island University may write the ACCUPLACER or Language Proficiency Index (LPI) assessment tests.

If selecting the LPI, the combination of an Essay Level of 4 or better, plus a minimum total of 20/40 on the Sentence Structure, English Usage, and Reading Comprehension scores is considered by VIU to be equivalent to English 12 with a grade of "C+”. If selecting the ACCUPLACER, a combined average of 85 or above in the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills sections (with individual scores of 65 or above) and at least 5 on the Writeplacer section is considered by VIU to be equivalent to English 12 with a grade of "C”.

High School Mathematics Courses

High school mathematics courses are key courses that are often used to determine if a student meets program admission requirements or course registration pre-requisites.

Our calendar course and program information sections contain the most up-to-date information on the acceptability of these new courses.

With respect to BC Secondary School (BCSS) mathematics courses, VIU states course and program requirements in the form of the recommended course. This is our opinion of the best course to take to prepare for a specific course or program.

Starting September 2010 the BC Ministry of Education began implementation of a new BC Secondary School mathematics curriculum for high school grades 10 to 12. In some cases Vancouver Island University also offers mathematics courses within our Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation (Adult Basic Education - ABE) and our Faculty of Science which are considered equivalent to BC Secondary School (BCSS) mathematics courses. For more information on equivalencies between BCSS, VIU ABE and VIU Faculty of Science mathematics courses please refer to the British Columbia Secondary School and VIU Math Course Equivalencies chart.

British Columbia Secondary School and VIU Math Course Equivalencies chart

Unless otherwise specified, we allow for substitutions according to the following chart:

Required Course

Alternate Acceptable Courses

Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10

Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10

Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11

Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11

Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 12

Foundations of Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11

Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus 10

No BCSS substitution available

Foundations of Mathematics 11

Pre-calculus 11

Foundations of Mathematics 12

Pre-calculus 12

Pre-calculus 11

No BCSS substitution available

Pre-calculus 12

No BCSS substitution available


Undergraduate Degree English Requirements

All students in undergraduate degree programs at VIU are required to complete 6 credits of first–year English composition and literature courses.

Undergraduate Degree English Requirement – Effective September 2009

Any two of the following courses:
ENGL 115* - (University Writing and Research), or INTR 100 - (Popular Culture and University Writing)
ENGL 125 - (Literature and Culture)
ENGL 135 - (Literature and Criticism)

6

OR

LBST 111 - (Ways of Knowing I) and,
LBST 112 - (Ways of Knowing II)

12

OR

Only for programs that require ENGL 204 (Business and Technical Writing):
ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research) or INTR 100 - (Popular Culture and University Writing), and,
for programs that require Business and Technical Writing:
ENGL 204 - (Business and Technical Writing) (effective September 2012) or,
ENGL 225 - (Business and Technical Writing) (prior to September 2012)

6

Note 1: Students who have already completed ENGL 111, 112, or 116 can still use these courses to meet the Undergraduate Degree English Requirements.

Note 2: In addition to undergraduate degrees, other programs may require these requirements to be met.

Undergraduate Degree English Requirement – Prior to September 2009

ENGL 115* - (University Writing and Research)
and one of the following courses:
ENGL 116 - (Intro to Literature) (recommended)
ENGL 111 - (Literature and Writing I)
ENGL 112 - (Literature and Writing II)
ENGL 225 - (Business and Technical Writing) for programs that require ENGL 225.

6

OR

ENGL 111 - (Literature and Writing I) and,
ENGL 112 - (Literature and Writing II)

6

OR

LBST 111 - (Ways of Knowing I) and,
LBST 112 - (Ways of Knowing II)

12

* In some Bachelor of Arts, Majors and Minors, students with a minimum "B+" in ENGL 115 are granted an exemption and are not required to complete any further credit towards the English requirement.

ACCUPLACER or the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Test

Students who do not meet the English 12 requirement for admission to a program or course at Vancouver Island University may write the ACCUPLACER or Language Proficiency Index (LPI) assessment tests.  For further information please visit viu.ca/assessments/lpi or call 250-740-6416.

International Baccalaureate Program

VIU recognizes the International Baccalaureate program. Courses at the Subsidiary Level are roughly equivalent to enriched versions of B.C. Grade 11 courses in academic disciplines. Courses at the Higher Level are roughly equivalent to enriched B.C. Grade 12.

Advanced Placement Program

Advanced Placement Program courses are generally considered to be enriched versions of B.C. grade 12 courses. In some cases a supplemental exam must be written before any advance credit can be given, however the maximum amount of advance credit to be granted on the basis of APP courses is 30 credits. A grade of 4 or higher on the exam is required for credit consideration. Courses with exam grades of 3 or less will not be eligible for credit or advance standing.

Individual courses from the Advanced Placement Program will qualify for specific advanced credit, as follows:

APP Course

VIU Credit

Art History

Arts 111 & 112 (6 credits)

Art Studio – Drawing

Individual Assessment

Art Studio – General

Individual Assessment

Biology

Biology 121 & 123 (8 credits)

Calculus A/B

Math 121 (3 credits)

Calculus B/C

Math 121 & 122 (6 credits)

Chemistry

Chemistry 121 & 122 or
Chemistry 111 & 112 (8 credits)

Comparative Government & Politics

Political Science 101 (3 credits)

Computer Science A

Computing Science 160 (4 credits)

Computer
Science A/B

Computing Science 160 (4 credits)

Economics

Economics 211 & 212 (6 credits)

English Language

English 115
(3 credits)

English Literature

English 115
(3 credits)

Environmental Science

Geography 101
(3 credits)

French Language

Individual Assessment
(maximum 6 credits)

French Literature

Humanities, 1st year unassigned
(6 credits)

German

Humanities, 1st year unassigned
(6 credits)

History – American

History 131 & 132 (6 credits)

History – European

History 221 & 222 (6 credits)

Human Geography

Geography 100 (3 credits)

Latin

Humanities, 1st year unassigned
(6 credits)

Music – Literature

Individual Assessment

Music – Theory

Individual Assessment

Physics B

Physics 111 & 112 (8 credits)

Physics C (Electricity)

Physics C (Electricity) and
Physics C (Mechanics) together will receive Physics 121 & 122
(8 credits)

Physics C
(Mechanics)

Physics C (Electricity) and
Physics C (Mechanics) together will receive Physics 121 & 122
(8 credits)

Psychology

Individual Assessment

Spanish – Language

Spanish 100 & 101 (6 credits)

Spanish

Humanities, 1st year unassigned
(6 credits)

U.S. Government

Political Science 220 (3 credits)

Updated July 27, 2015