The Associate of Science Degree is a two-year undergraduate degree offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.
For full program description, requirements, and policies, see the Academic Calendar.
Our Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science concentrations:
The Associate of Science Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 60 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. The credits must include a minimum of 36 credits in science at first and second-year level in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering physics.
Transfer to 3rd/4th Year at a University
Upon completion of the Associate of Science Degree program, students may choose to enter the workforce or continue their undergraduate studies. An Associate of Science Degree may be transferrable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university.
Some BC universities accept Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Science Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Enter the Workforce
International students completing the Associate of Science Degree program at Alexander College are also eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Our Associate of Science Degree Program will enhance skills as well as provide experiences and aptitudes in the following areas:
Knowledge of natural and applied sciences
Ability to apply scientific methods of inquiry
Proficiency in the interpretation of data and measurements
Understanding of real-world applications
Ability to express insight and to hypothesize based upon complex reasoning
The Associate of Science degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 6 credits in mathematics
III. 36 credits in science which shall include:
IV. 6 credits in arts, science, or other areas
V. 6 credits in arts
A concentration in the Sciences provides students with the flexibility to explore a range of scientific disciplines while preparing for entry-level positions in a number of industries.
The degree can also qualify graduates for positions that demand greater responsibility than those achievable with a high school diploma.
With an Associate of Science Degree, students can seek entry-level positions in any industry that employs scientific exploration, such as biochemistry and biotechnology, fisheries and aquaculture biology, health, sports and nutrition consulting, medical research, pharmaceutical research, and environmental research and preservation.
Examples of positions in these sectors include, but are not limited to:
Agricultural and Food Science Technician
Environmental Protection Technician
Occupational Health and Safety Technician
Research or Laboratory Assistant
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