Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts program provides you with a broad academic education to prepare you for upper-level university study and the workforce.

Use credits from this program toward completing a degree, increasing employability, or simply enjoying the experience of university.

Program requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Admission requirements

Open admission

Please include the Program Admission Form with your application.

Residency requirements

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

Degree requirements

Sixty credits total of first- and second-year (lower-level) courses and some upper-level courses, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses

Eighteen credits in first-year arts other than English, including six credits in social sciences and six credits in humanities (including creative and performing arts but not studio courses)

Eighteen credits of second-year arts in two or more subject areas

Nine credits in natural science (physical anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, physical geography), including three credits in a first-year hands-on laboratory science, such as BIOL 1113 (3) and BIOL 1115 (0), and three credits in mathematics, statistics or computer science

Nine credits of first- or second-year courses

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

The first-year science requirement includes a hands-on laboratory course that accompanies the three-credit course; for example, BIOL 1115, BIOL 1215, GEOG 1221, GEOL 1111, PHYS 1105, PHYS 1205. Any credits earned in first-year hands-on lab courses do not count toward the 60 credits required for program completion.

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

Student responsibility

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. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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