What you will learn
Graduates with an Associate of Science Degree 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
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
- Math 12-Precalculus with a minimum 'B' grade, Math Precalculus Test (MPT) with a minimum 72%, or equivalent
- One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12 or Physics 12 with a minimum 'C+' grade, or equivalent
- 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.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
- Applicants must be 16 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.
- Motivated and positive attitude towards learning
- Good analytical and critical thinking skills
- Computer literate, with some word processing experience and related technology skills
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/associate/requirements
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 (18 credits)||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.
Graduates who complete the Computer Science Pathway are eligible to apply for third-year university programs in Computer Science and/or software systems.
Second-year requirements are not currently available in Biology (BIOL) and Chemistry (CHEM).