Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Science, General Program

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science, General Program concentrates study in one subject to the level required for a minor (18 upper-level credits). No labs are required.

TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill the specific lower-level requirements of the degree. Because TRU-OL's offering of upper-level science courses is limited, students should expect to complete a significant number of courses through other institutions. New courses are continually in development at TRU-OL, however; thus, it is important to monitor TRU-OL's website for new course offerings.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Many Science graduates are highly successful and have gone on to science careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, medical genetics, elementary and high school teaching, resource management, high tech industry, biotechnology, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, wildlife management, respiratory therapy and more.

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 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower-level or upper-level university courses.

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

6 credits in humanities other than English

6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science

6 credits in social science

Lower-Level Requirements (24 credits)

MATH 1141, Calculus I (3) and 1241, Calculus II (3) or equivalents ( MATH 1157, 1171 and 1901 do not meet this requirement)

18 credits in first-year or second-year science, with a minimum of 6 credits in any three of the following subject areas:

Life science (biology, genetics, zoology, botany, microbiology, biological oceanography, plant and animal physiology, such as BIOL 1113, 1213, 2131, 2341, 3021, 3101, 3131, 3231, 3431

Chemical science (chemistry, biochemistry: CHEM 1503, 1523, BIOL 3131, 3231)

Physical science (astronomy, physics: PHYS 1103, 1203)

Earth science (geology, atmospheric science, physical geography, geophysics, physical oceanography: GEOG 1221, GEOL 1111)

Mathematics (including statistics: MATH 1101, 2111 or MATH 2121)

Applied science (bioresource, chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering science; forensic, forest or agricultural science)

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

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

30 credits in two areas of science (18 credits in one area, 12 credits in the other two areas)


30 credits in three areas of science (18 credits in one area, 6 credits in each of the other two areas)


15 upper-level elective credits (may be science or non-science courses)

Students must select their distinct subject areas in consultation with their program advisor.

Elective Requirements (27 credits)

May be lower-level or upper-level science or non-science courses (students must check with a program advisor to ensure course selection meets degree requirements)


30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper-level) may be applied studies, such as fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

No single course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements. Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Campus-based equivalents to most course requirements are available.

Students are responsible for consulting with their program advisor to ensure that the courses they choose are appropriate for their program of study and their 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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