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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Associate of Arts

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Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

Open admission

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.

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