Arts and Sciences - University Studies
Science Associate Degrees (ASc)

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. A minimum grade point of C is required in courses counting towards the Associate degree, with an average overall grade of C+ or better.


  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.

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Associate of Science (ASc) - General Degree


Specific requirements:
To obtain the Associate of Science degree, students must take the following courses:

  1. Six credits in Math which shall include at least three credits in Calculus; and
  2. Eighteen credits in first-year Science, of which no more than six credits shall be in any one subject area; and
  3. Eighteen credits in second-year Science in two or more subject areas; and
  4. Six credits in first-year English; and
  5. Six credits in Arts other than English (excluding Mathematics and laboratory-based Science courses); and
  6. Six credits of first- or second-year courses.

(No single course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.)

Associate of Science (ASc)- Biology and Medicine Pre-Major

The Biology and Medicine pre-major program identifies a recommended pathway for the first two years of study towards a four-year degree in Biology. This pathway also maps the strongly recommended course prerequisites for admission into the UBC School of Medicine, as well as providing two of the first three required years of study before applying to medical school. Students who complete all requirements of this pathway will earn a College of the Rockies Associate of Science degree.

Associate of Science (ASc) - Environmental Sciences


The Associate of Science degree in Environmental Science provides the student with the first two years of study towards a Bachelor of Science degree. This program offers cross-disciplinary studies in areas that relate to the local and global environment.

Students who earn an associate degree in Environmental Sciences will generally expect to transfer to university programs in Environmental Sciences. Those who complete the Biology core within their ASc should also be able to transfer into most Biology programs at Canadian universities. Students may also be able to take a directed studies course in Biology and become involved in an ongoing research project in Ecology.