Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts program provides a broad academic education to prepare students for the workplace and for upper-level university study.
What Can You Do With This Credential?
Course credit may be used to complete other OL degree programs.
If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, please complete and submit a Program Admission form to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions about program admission.
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
Program requirements may be met through university transfer courses at OL or other recognized post-secondary institutions in BC. Refer to BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) for 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 either that 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 program or any other Open Learning program.