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Associate of Science

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

Use this credential as an entry point and begin your journey toward a career 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

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

Expect to complete some courses through TRU (on-campus equivalents are offered for many OL courses) or through other recognized post-secondary institutions. Then, apply to transfer the credit to the Associate of Science program. Continue to monitor the OL website for the addition of new courses.

Admission requirements

Open admission

Residency requirements

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

Associate degree requirements

60 credits total of first- and second-year courses (upper-level courses may be used to meet program requirements), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

  • Six credits in English — university-level composition and literature (ENGL 1001, 1011, or 1110)
  • Six credits in arts other than English, mathematics or laboratory-based science courses
  • Eighteen credits in first-year natural science, mathematics (including statistics) or engineering science
  • Six credits of mathematics (may include MATH 1101, 2121STAT 1201), of which three credits must be in calculus (MATH 1141 or 1241); MATH 1001, 1091,11571171  and 1901 do not meet this requirement
  • Eighteen credits of second-year courses in two or more of the following subject areas: natural science, mathematics (including statistics) or engineering science
  • Six credits of first- or second-year university-level courses

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

  • MATH 1001, Pre-Calculus Mathematics, cannot be used in any Science program.
  • Some interdisciplinary areas of studies may be allocated to more than one of the subject areas, depending on the content of the course. 
  • No single course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.
  • If you are planning to transfer to a science program at another post-secondary institution, choose courses that meet the requirements of that program.

Student responsibility

Before you register in any courses, 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 (LOP).

If you proceed 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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