Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Associate of Arts

Program Description

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 degree programs offered through TRU-OL.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must submit a Program Admission form to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding this.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

60 credits total of first-year and second-year courses (upper-level courses may be used to meet program requirements), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature). Technical and business writing courses do not meet this requirement.

18 credits in first-year arts other than English, of which 6 credits are in the social sciences and 6 are in humanities (including the creative and performing arts but not including studio courses), and 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 lab science.

3 credits in mathematics, statistics or computer science.

9 credits of first- and/or second-year university-level courses.


Some interdisciplinary areas of studies may be allocated to more than one of the subject areas, depending on the content of the course.

The first-year science requirement includes a 1-credit hands-on laboratory component ( 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 laboratory courses do not count toward the 60 credits required.

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

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.

Students require a Letter of Permission before registering in a course (not listed on the website) at any other post-secondary institution to complete the credential.

Transfer Options

The degree requirements may be met through TRU-OL's university transfer courses or by taking university transfer courses at other recognized colleges and/or universities in BC. Refer to BC admissions and transfer information. Courses used to complete this degree must also have transfer credit to one other BC university including Simon Fraser University; the University of British Columbia; University of Northern British Columbia; and the University of Victoria.


Email Student Services for more information.