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Associate of Science Degree

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Associate degrees are offered at many colleges and universities throughout BC. They recognize successful completion of 60 credits of study, which is approximately 20 courses. With full-time study, you can complete an associate degree within two academic years. Part-time study options are also available.

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Admission Requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for the Associate of Science degree. However, courses will have specific entry requirements called prerequisites, which are listed under each course description. To meet prerequisite requirements, submit transcripts or complete English and/or Math assessments.

Course Requirements

The following overview describes the general requirements for an Associate of Science degree. However, choosing the right combination of courses will depend on a number of factors. NIC’s educational advisors will work with you to personalize these general requirements to meet your goals.

Associate of Science Degree - General Requirements

Students are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Science degree. See required courses below:

  • 6 credits in first year English
  • 6 credits in mathematics, which shall include at least 3 credits in calculus
  • 36 credits in Science, which shall include at least 3 credits in a laboratory based science and must include a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 level taken in two or more subject areas
  • 6 credits in Arts other than English (excluding mathematics and laboratory-based science courses)
  • 6 credits in Arts, Science or other academic areas

Completion Requirements

  • You must achieve an overall average grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses counting toward the associate degree. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific associate degree requirements.
  • Courses used to complete the credential must have transfer credit to at least one B.C. research university (SFU, UBC, UNBC, or UVIC).

Associate Degree Courses Options

University transfer courses in the following subject areas may be eligible for credit toward completion of the Associate of Science degree.  For a complete list of courses and their details enter the subject area in the Course Descriptions.  Courses must be at the 100 level or higher and must transfer to one of the following Universities: University of British Coloumbia,  Univeristy of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia.  Confirm transferabilty by clicking on the BC Transfer Guide link within each course description.  

Arts (includes both Humanities and Social Sciences)


  • Aboriginal Leadership (ABG
  • Chinese (CHN
  • Digital Design & Development (DGL)
  • Education (EDU)
  • English (ENG)
  • Fine Arts (FIN
  • First Nations Studies (FNS)
  • French (FRE)
  • History (HIS)
  • Indigenous Language Fluency (ILF)
  • Interactive Media (IMG)
  • Liberal Studies (LIB)
  • Media Communications (MCS)
  • Philosophy: (PHI)
  • Spanish (SPN)
  • Women’s Studies (WST)

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • Criminology (CRM)
  • Digital Design & Development (DGL)
  • Economics (ECO)
  • Equity and Social Justice (ESJ)
  • Geography (GEO)
  • Human Services (HSW)
  • Interactive Media (IMG)
  • Political Science (POL)
  • Psychology (PSY)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Social Service (SSW)
  • Women’s Studies (WST)


  • Biology (BIO)
  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Computer Science (CPS)
  • Digital Design & Development (DGL)
  • Interactive Media (IMG)
  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Physics (PHY)
  • Space Science and Astronomy (SSA)
  • Statistics (STA)


  • Business (BUS)

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