Complete two years of undergraduate science at VCC, earning a solid foundation for upper-level university programs or a standalone credential.
What you will learn
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Analyze and interpret data collected through research or laboratory experiences
- Apply the core concepts of introductory sciences to real world problems
- Apply competent and relevant technology skills in solving problems
- Work well independently and in a team environment
- Use their scientific educational experiences as a solid foundation for academic readiness to higher level study at the third and fourth year level courses
What to expect
Program Duration and Maximum Time for Completion
The expected length of the program is two years. There is also the option of part-time studies, which would result in a longer time frame for completion of the credential. The maximum allowable time for students to complete the program is four years.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 university-transferable credits at the 1st and 2nd-year level. These must include a minimum of 18 credits in Science at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas (See Specific Requirements C2).
Students can accumulate credits at more than one institution and have them count as transfer credits towards the Associate of Science degree at VCC as long as they are equivalent courses and they meet the general and specific requirements of the credential. Students will be required to complete at least 50% of their course work from VCC.
The courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including lectures, laboratories, online and blending learning, field trips, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, and applied practical experiences.
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
- Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
- English 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade or equivalent, or
- English Language Proficiency at a minimum English 12 'C+' level
- Knowlege of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
- Math 12 Precalculus with a minimum 'B' grade or equivalent, or
- Math Precalculus Test (MPT) with a minimum 72%
- One of the following:
- Biology 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or
- Chemistry 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or
- Physics 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or
- Students are required to have successfully completed prerequisite courses leading to courses in the Associate degree (for example: prerequisite course Chemistry 12 or equivalent needs to be successfully completed in order to take CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1; a minimum of a 'B' grade in English 12 or equivalent is required to take ENGL 1100 English 1). See the requirements for each course.
- Specific post-secondary level courses may be used to substitute for secondary school courses at the discretion of the appropriate departments.
- Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
- International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.
- Motivated and positive attitude towards learning
- Good analytical and critical thinking skills
- Computer literate, with some word processing experience and related technology skills
Check Associate of Science (Computer Science Pathway) Course Registration for important details about prerequisites, course registration and review a sample schedule.
Submit the Associate degree first term course registration form winter if you are applying for a Winter term.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.
Consult the course outlines for the availability of PLAR. Examples of courses that accept PLAR include the following:
- MATH 1100 Calculus 1
- MATH 1200 Calculus 2
- MATH 1111 Introduction to Statistics
Students may complete up to nine program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.
Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations. To request PLAR, contact the appropriate department directly.
See VCC’s D.3.5 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Policy and Procedures for more information.
Students do not have to declare their intention of completing the Associate of Science credential before beginning to take courses. Courses are open to any student who meets the general and specific requirements for the course.
However, students will need to meet the admission requirements to the program before courses can be used to complete the Associate of Science degree.
No course can be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements (for example, MATH 1120 as both a Math requirement and a First Year Science requirement).
The Associate of Science degree requires the successful completion of a minimum 60 credits that have assigned or unassigned credit at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, or the University of Northern British Columbia.
For further details about how a course is defined (e.g. arts/science/other, first-year/second-year, lab science/non-lab science etc.) please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca/learn-more-about/associate-degrees/
Students must complete:
A. 6 credits in first-year English
B. 6 credits in Mathematics which shall include at least 3 credits in Calculus (6 credits in Calculus is recommended)
C. 36 credits in Science which shall include:
C1. A minimum of 3 credits in a laboratory Science
C2. A minimum of 18 credits in second-year Science taken in at least two different subject areas (including additional Mathematics credits)
D. 6 credits in Arts other than English (excluding Mathematics and Laboratory-based Science courses)
E. 6 credits of first or second-year transferable courses in Arts, Science or other areas.
Total Program Credits: 60.0 credits (minimum)
Computer Science Pathway
In order to be eligible for transfer into third year computer science at UBC, SFU, and other institutions, it is recommended that students complete the following courses as part of their Associate of Science degree.
|English (6 credits)||6|
or ENGL 1101 English and ENGL 1001 Integrated Language Support 1
or ENGL 1102 English and ENGL 1002 Integrated Language Support 2
|Calculus (6 credits)||6|
|Lab science (3 credits)||3|
or PHYS 1110 Introduction to Astronomy
or CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1
or BIOL 1100 Biology 1
or BIOL 1120 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
|First-year science (12 credits)||12|
|Introduction to Computer Programming 1|
|Introduction to Computer Programming 2|
|Discrete Mathematics 1|
|Applied Linear Algebra|
|Second-year science (minimum 18 credits from at least 2 subject areas)||18|
|Data Structures and Programming|
|Introduction to Software Engineering|
|Introduction to Computer Architecture|
|Probability and Statistics for Science and Engineering|
|Discrete Mathematics 2|
|Ordinary Differential Equations|
|Electives (15 credits)||15|
Arts other than English (6 credits)
Science (3 credits)
Arts or science (6 credits)
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
Tuition Deposit: $11,650 ($5,000 non-refundable)
Tuition deposits are payable usually within two weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.
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* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for international students. For domestic programs, visit vcc.ca.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's international refund policy.
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