Associate of Science Degree Framework


The Associate of Science degree consists of two years of university course work where students are able to complete their lower-level requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree if they plan effectively. According to the BC Transfer Guide, Universities will guarantee 60 transfer credits to holders of an associate degree, even if all the courses taken towards the degree do not transfer individually to that institution. For more information see 

KPU currently offers two pathways for an Associate of Science Degree:

  1. Associate of Science in General Science
  2. Associate of Science in Mathematics

Students are responsible for ensuring their courses are granted transfer credit at SFU or UBC or UNBC or UVic  by checking the online transfer guide from the BC Council on Admission and Transfer at 

Faculty's website:

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing an Associate of Science Degree must be admitted to the Faculty of Science.

Curricular Requirements

Students are required to complete 60 semester credit hours of first-year and second-year courses. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required, with a minimum grade of D in each course counting towards the Associate of Science Degree.

The Associate of Science Degree follows the standards published by the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) Accordingly, all courses used as part of the degree must be transferrable to one of the following BC universities:

  • Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver or Okanagan Campuses) (UBC)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
  • University of Victoria (UVic)

Specific Requirements

English Requirements
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing3
Select one additional first year ENGL course
Math Requirements 1
Select six credits of university level mathematics, which shall include at least three credits in Calculus.6
First Year Science Requirements
Select six science courses from the following (at least one must be a lab science course):
Introduction to Astrophysics
Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology II
Introductory Chemistry 2
The Structure of Matter
Chemical Energetics and Dynamics
Introduction to Computer Literacy
Principles of Program Structure and Design I
Principles of Program Structure and Design II
Physical Geography
Pre-Calculus 2
Statistics I
Matrix Algebra for Engineers (if not already counted)
Introductory Physics 2
Physics for Life Sciences I
Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences I
Mechanics I
Physics for Life Sciences II
Physics for Physical and Applied Sciences II
Second Year Science Requirements
Select six science courses taken in a minimum of two different subject areas from among the following:
Cell Biology
Cellular Biochemistry
Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
Physical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Data Structures and Algorithms
Environmental Toxicology
Quantitative Methods in Geography
Introduction to GIS
Linear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
Multivariate Calculus (Calculus III)
Multivariate and Vector Calculus
Introduction to Analysis
Statistics for Life Sciences
Introduction to Statistics for Business
Discrete Mathematics
Vector Calculus (Calculus IV)
Ordinary Differential Equations
Modern Physics
Classical Mechanics
Thermal Physics
Intermediate Mechanics
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
Additional Courses Requirements
Select two courses in Arts3, not counting English (ENGL)
Select two additional two courses that are designated as university transferable

Most Science degrees require both Calculus I and Calculus II.  Institutions have the discretion to set higher standards, including not recognizing MATH 1112.


Institutions have the discretion to not recognize CHEM 1105, MATH 1112 or PHYS 1100.


Any Arts subject area not noted in the science categories above, and includes all geography courses not specified in the science categories above.

Students lacking the appropriate prerequisites will likely require more than two years to complete the Associate of Science. Since the Associate of Science represents completion of one half of a Bachelor of Science degree, as long as appropriate courses are completed at KPU, students should ideally be able to complete their Bachelor of Science in a further two years at the receiving University.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Science degree in their chosen subject area.

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