Arts and Sciences - University Studies
Liberal Arts Associate Degrees (AA)

All College of the Rockies associate degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in Arts or in Science. Students should plan carefully to ensure that all degree requirements are met. Education Advisors are available to assist students in planning their course selections for associate degrees.

General Requirements

  1. Sixty semester credits of first- and second-year courses.
  2. An average overall grade of C+ or better calculated on all courses counting towards an associate degree, with a minimum grade of C in any one course.


  1. A first-year course is defined as a course which has assigned transfer credit at the 100 level at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC.
  2. A second-year course is defined as a course which has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200 level or higher at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC.
  3. An Arts course is a course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts degree at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC. These institutions are responsible for determining the Humanities (including Creative and Performing Arts) and Social Science course requirements.
  4. A Science course is a course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science degree at UBC, SFU, UVic or UNBC.

College of the Rockies offers associate degrees in both Arts and Sciences.

Associate of Arts Degree (AA)

General Requirements

60 semester credits of first and second year courses. These must include a minimum of 18 credits in Arts at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas.

Specific Requirements

A. 6 credits in first- year English; and
B. 9 credits in Science which shall include at least:

  • 3 credits in Mathematics, or Computing Science or Statistics (Statistics courses taught in subject areas such as Business, Commerce, Economics, Psychology, etc. may also be used to meet this requirements);
  • 3 credits in a laboratory science, and

C. 36 credits in Arts which shall include:

  • 6 credits in the Social Sciences;
  • 6 credits in Humanities (including the Creative and Performing Arts) other than English;
  • 24 additional credits in Arts, and

D. 9 credits in Arts, Science, or other areas.

Associate of Arts (AA) -Pre-Majors

Students who complete the Economic and Commerce pre-major program or the Social Work pre-major program receive an Associate of Arts degree. Associate of Arts degrees have guaranteed 60-credit transfer to BC universities and students have guaranteed admission to Art degree programs at the University of Victoria; for more information see the UVic guaranteed admission page.

Associate of Arts (AA) -Journalism/Writing Pathway

The AA- Journalism/Writing Pathway program identifies a recommended pathway for the first two years of study towards a four-year degree in Journalism. This pathway also maps the strongly recommended course prerequisites for admission into the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Bachelor of Arts-Creative Writing degree. Students who complete all requirements of this pathway will earn a College of the Rockies Associate of Arts degree.

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