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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Associate of Science

Program Description

The academic breadth of the Associate of Science degree program prepares students for the workplace and for upper-level university study.

Degree requirements may be met through TRU-OL's university-level courses, TRU's on-campus courses or transfer courses at other recognized universities.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

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

Associate 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 over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature: ENGL 1001, 1011 or 1101; ENGL 1061 and ENGL 1071 do not meet this requirement)

6 credits in arts other than English, mathematics or lab-based science courses

18 credits in first-year natural science, mathematics (including statistics) or engineering science, of which no more than 6 credits may be in one subject area

6 credits of mathematics (may include MATH 1101, MATH 2121, STAT 1201), of which 3 credits must be in calculus ( MATH 1141 or 1241; MATH 1157 and 1171 do not meet this requirement)

18 credits of second-year courses in two or more of the following subject areas: natural science, mathematics (including statistics) or engineering science

6 credits of first-year 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. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.

The first-year science requirement must include a minimum of one course with a hands-on lab component ( BIOL 1113/ 1115, 1213/ 1215; CHEM 1503/ 1505, 1523/ 1525; GEOG 1221; GEOL 1111; PHYS 1103/ 1105, 1203/ 1205).

Students planning to transfer to a science program at another post-secondary institution are advised to choose courses that meet the requirements of that program.

Campus-based equivalents to most course requirements are available.

Students are responsible for consulting with their 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 course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


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