Two-year associate 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.
If you want to keep your university and degree options open, an associate degree is the way to go. Universities will guarantee 60 transfer credits to holders of an associate degree, even if all the courses taken toward the degree do not transfer individually to that institution. There are specific policies at each institution. Students are advised that they must still complete all outstanding requirements of their baccalaureate degree program not already completed within the courses taken for the associate degree.
Associate degrees also offer a great deal of flexibility. You can choose your preferred courses from a specific list of eligible courses, making it possible to focus your studies in one specific area or explore a variety of subjects. Distance education options are available for some courses, allowing you to start or finish your degree wherever you are.
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.
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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.
Students are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Science degree. See "eligible associate degree courses" below.
Students may complete a general Associate of Science degree, or work with an educational advisor to develop a study plan focused in one of the following subject areas:
Consider including: BIO-102/BIO-103, BIO-200, BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-211, BIO-215 and BIO-230.
Consider including: CHE-103 LAB, CHE-104 LAB, CHE-110 LAB, CHE-111 LAB, CHE-200 LAB, or CHE-201 LAB.
Consider including: PHY-100 LAB, PHY-101 LAB, PHY-120 LAB, PHY-121 LAB, or PHY-141.
Consider including: MAT-102, MAT-115, MAT-133, MAT-151, MAT-162, MAT-163, MAT-181, MAT-182, MAT-190, MAT-191, MAT-200, or MAT-210.
Please note* Always check website for course offerings as some Math/Sciences courses are offered on a rotational basis.
The following university transfer courses are eligible for credit toward completion of the Associate of Science degree:
Arts (includes both Humanities and Social Sciences)
Please Note* Always check website for current offerings as some Math/Sciences courses are offered on a rotational basis.
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
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