Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Science, Major Program

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science, Major program is designed for students wanting to specialize in biology/life science. Communication skills and computer literacy are promoted.

TRU-OL defines the program requirements but does not offer the entire required curriculum at this time. You must complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and apply to transfer the credit to the Bachelor of Science, Major Program. New courses are continually in development; thus, it is important to monitor TRU-OL's website for new course offerings. At this time, students need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and apply to transfer the credit to the Bachelor of Science, Major Program.

Students in this program have the option to do Directed Studies (see below).

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Meaghan Buisson, an 11-time international medalist and World Record holder in the sport of inline speed skating, juggled professional sport with online education to gain a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology/Life Sciences. Buisson is using this degree to pursue graduate level studies.

Maureen Huggard used her Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology/Life Science degree to help her gain acceptance into a Masters in Land Reclamation, Remediation and Restoration program.

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 this 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, e.g. ENGL 1001, 1011 or 1101; Note that 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 (these meet lower-level requirements)
6 credits in social science
Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Lower-Level Requirements (27 credits)

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

STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) or equivalent

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): 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, PHYS 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.

A grade of C or higher is required in lower-level courses in the discipline of the major (biology/life science).

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

30 credits in the area of the major (biology/life science); 3 credits of Directed Studies

A grade of C or higher is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (biology/life science)

15 upper-level elective credits (may be science or non-science courses; please check with your Program Advisor to ensure your course selection meets the degree requirements)

Directed Studies

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of the major.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Science, Major Program (Biology/Life Science) offered through Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL), are required to complete a Directed Studies course.

Students who are ready to register in a directed studies course are required to consult with their program advisor about registration procedures.

Elective Requirements (24 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 select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet these requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


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