Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts program provides a broad academic education to prepare you for upper-level university study and the workplace.
What Can You Do With This Credential?
Use the credits you attain in this program toward completion of an OL degree program, increase your employability, or simply enjoy the experience of post-secondary education.
Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).
A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)
60 credits total of first-year and second-year (lower-level) courses (upper-level courses may also be used), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:
6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical and business writing courses
18 credits in first-year Arts other than English, including 6 credits in the social sciences and 6 in humanities (including creative and performing arts but not including studio courses), with no more than 6 credits are in any one subject area
18 credits of second-year Arts in two or more subject areas
6 credits in natural science (anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, physical geography), including 3 credits in a laboratory science
3 credits in mathematics, statistics or computer science
9 credits of first- and second-year university-level courses
Some interdisciplinary areas of studies may be allocated to more than one of the subject areas, depending on course content.
The first-year science requirement includes a 1-credit, hands-on lab component that accompanies the 3-credit course; for example, BIOL 1113/ BIOL 1115, BIOL 1213/ BIOL 1215, GEOG 1221, GEOL 1111, PHYS 1103/ PHYS 1105, PHYS 1203/ PHYS 1205.
Additional credits (if any) earned in first-year lab courses do not count toward the 60 credits required.
No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.
Transfer Credit Options
Courses used to complete the Associate of Arts program must have transfer credit to one other BC university, including Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and University of Victoria (UVic).
Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.
Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).
If you proceed otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.
Please see Tuition and Fees for details.
Email Student Services or call us for more about this or any other Open Learning program.