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Associate of Science Degree

Two-year associate degree

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Complete the first two years of your university degree at NIC and graduate with two years (60 credits) of block transfer credit toward any BC university.
  • A wide range of courses are available to meet prerequisites of medical, optometry, dentistry and veterinary programs across Canada.
  • Focus on your area of interest or explore biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and more.
  • Save over $20,000 by taking your first two years of courses at NIC.
Transfer possibilities: Qualify for guaranteed admission to UVic, two full years (60 credits) of transfer credit at any BC university, general transfer to universities Canada-wide and the ability to transfer into year three of VIU's Bachelor of Education degree.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Same degree, save $20,000. University transfer students completing an associate degree will spend approximately $20,000 less for the first two years of their studies (tuition, fees, books, transport, housing and food) compared to students attending an urban university.
  • Keep your options open. Universities will guarantee 60 transfer credits to holders of an associate degree, even if all the courses taken toward the degree do not transfer individually to that institution.
  • Freedom to follow your interests. Associate degrees offer direction and flexibility, allowing you to concentrate your studies for a specific degree or explore your interests.
  • In good company. NIC's discussion friendly classes and dedicated faculty provide deep learning experiences to inform academic choices and inspire your future.
  • Be advised, every step of the way. Educational advisors are dedicated to helping you make the most of your course choices. With one-on-one personal advising, you can be assured that your classes at NIC will help you get where you want to go.

Program Highlights

Explore your interests. Discover biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics as well as electives in English, French, Chinese, anthropology, FIrst Nations studies, philosophy, business, criminology and more.

Associate degrees are offered at many colleges and universities throughout BC. They recognize successful completion of 60 credits of study, which is approximately 20 courses. With full-time study, you can complete an associate degree within two academic years. Part-time study options are also available.

If you want to keep your university and degree options open, an associate degree is the way to go. 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. There are specific policies at each institution. Students are advised that they must still complete all outstanding requirements of their baccalaureate degree program not already completed within the courses taken for the associate degree.

Associate degrees also offer a great deal of flexibility. You can choose your preferred courses from a specific list of eligible courses, making it possible to focus your studies in one specific area or explore a variety of subjects. Distance education options are available for some courses, allowing you to start or finish your degree wherever you are.

 

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing Associate of Science degree as the program name.
  2. There are no formal admission requirements for the Associate of Science degree. However, courses will have specific entry requirements called prerequisites, which are listed under each course description. To meet prerequisite requirements, submit transcripts or complete English and/or Math assessments.

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International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • Your first and most important step as a university transfer or associate degree student is to call, email, or visit an educational advisor at your nearest NIC campus or centre. Educational advisors have extensive knowledge of programs, funding options, career paths and post-secondary transfer agreements to help you get started on the right track.
  • You are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Science degree. Always review your study plan with an educational advisor before registering in courses.
  • NIC also offers high school-level upgrading options if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses or if you want to refresh your math and science skills.
  • If you intend to transfer your associate degree as credit toward a four-year degree, review the Steps to University Transfer on the NIC website.

The following overview describes the general requirements for an Associate of Science degree. However, choosing the right combination of courses will depend on a number of factors. NIC's educational advisors will work with you to personalize these general requirements to meet your goals.

Associate of Science Degree - General Requirements

Students are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Associate of Science degree. See "eligible associate degree courses" below.

  • 6 credits in first year English
  • 6 credits in mathematics, which shall include at least 3 credits in calculus
  • 36 credits in Science, which shall include at least 3 credits in a laboratory based science and must include a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 level taken in two or more subject areas
  • 6 credits in Arts other than English (excluding mathematics and laboratory-based science courses)
  • 6 credits in Arts, Science or other academic areas

Completion Requirements

  • You must achieve an overall average grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses counting towards the associate degree. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific associate degree requirements.

Sample Study Plans*

Students may complete a general Associate of Science degree, or work with an educational advisor to develop a study plan focused in one of the following subject areas:

Biology
Consider including: BIO-102/BIO-103, BIO-200, BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-211, BIO-215 and BIO-230.

Chemistry
Consider including: CHE-103 LAB, CHE-104 LAB, CHE-110 LAB, CHE-111 LAB, CHE-200 LAB, or CHE-201 LAB.

Physics
Consider including: PHY-100 LAB, PHY-101 LAB, PHY-120 LAB, PHY-121 LAB, or PHY-141.

Math
Consider including: MAT-102, MAT-115, MAT-133, MAT-151, MAT-162, MAT-163, MAT-181, MAT-182, MAT-190, MAT-191, MAT-200, or MAT-210.

Please note* Always check website for course offerings as some Math/Sciences courses are offered on a rotational basis.

Eligible Associate Degree Courses

The following university transfer courses are eligible for credit towards completion of the Associate of Science degree:

Arts (includes both Humanities and Social Sciences)

Humanities

  • Chinese: CHN-101, CHN-102
  • Education: EDU-101, EDU-102
  • English: ENG-107, ENG-108, ENG-109, ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, ENG-160, ENG-202, ENG-203, ENG-207, ENG-208, ENG-209, ENG-212, ENG-213, ENG-214, ENG-215, ENG-216, ENG-224, ENG-225, ENG-230, ENG-260 
  • Fine Arts: FIN-100, FIN-101, FIN-110, FIN-111, FIN-115, FIN-120, FIN-121, FIN-130, FIN-131, FIN-135, FIN-140, FIN-145, FIN-205, FIN-206, FIN-210, FIN-211, FIN-215, FIN-220, FIN-221, FIN-235, FIN-236, FIN-245, FIN-246, FIN-250 
  • First Nations Studies: FNS-160, FNS-200
  • French: FRE-100, FRE-101, FRE-120, FRE-121, FRE-145, FRE-146, FRE-265, FRE-266, FRE-281 
  • History: HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-120, HIS-121, HIS-122, HIS-130, HIS-135, HIS-205, HIS-210, HIS-215, HIS-216, HIS-220, HIS-225, HIS-231, HIS-232, HIS-250, HIS-251, HIS-260
  • Interactive Media: IMG-102, IMG-103, IMG-105, IMG-110, IMG-202, IMG-204, IMG-208, IMG-209, IMG-214, IMG-215, IMG-220
  • Media Communications: MCS-110, MCS-130, MCS-200, MCS-280
  • Philosophy: PHI-100, PHI-101, PHI-150, PHI-211, PHI-220, PHI-230, PHI-240, PHI-260
  • Spanish: SPN-100, SPN-101, SPN-200, SPN-201
  • Women's Studies: WST-100

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology: ANT-150, ANT-151, ANT-250, ANT-251, ANT-252, ANT-253, ANT-290, ANT-291, ANT-292
  • Criminology: CRM-101, CRM-131, CRM-135, CRM-220, CRM-230, CRM-241, CRM-251 
  • Economics: ECO-110, ECO-111, ECO-245, ECO-270
  • Equity and Social Justice: ESJ-100, ESJ-101
  • Geography: GEO-105 LAB, GEO-106 LAB, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-200, GEO-209, GEO-210, GEO-211, GEO-214, GEO-205, GEO-206 LAB, GEO-215
  • Human Services: HSW-160, HSW-192
  • Political Science: POL-109, POL-111, POL-119, POL-151, POL-200, POL-201, POL-203, POL-209
  • Psychology: PSY-130, PSY-131, PSY-202, PSY-204, PSY-215, PSY-235, PSY-245, PSY-250, PSY-251, PSY-260
  • Sociology: SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-130, SOC-210, SOC-212, SOC-220, SOC-230, SOC-240
  • Social Service: SSW-120, SSW-122 
  • Women's Studies: WST-100, WST-101, WST-110, WST-260

Sciences*

  • Biology: BIO-102 LAB, BIO-103 LAB, BIO-110 LAB, BIO-111 LAB, BIO-160 LAB, BIO-161 LAB, BIO-170 LAB, BIO-171 LAB, BIO-200 LAB, BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-211 LAB, BIO-215, BIO-230 LAB, BIO-240 LAB, BIO-241, BIO-260, BIO-261
  • Chemistry: CHE-103 LAB, CHE-104 LAB, CHE-110 LAB, CHE-111 LAB, CHE-200 LAB, CHE-201 LAB
  • Computer Science: CPS-100, CPS-101, CPS-109, CPS-146, CPS-151, CPS-160, CPS-165, CPS-208, CPS-215, CPS-221, CPS-235, CPS-236, CPS-246, CPS-262, CPS-268, CPS-270
  • Geography: GEO-105 LAB, GEO-106 LAB, GEO-206 LAB
  • Mathematics: MAT-102, MAT-115, MAT-122, MAT-133, MAT-151, MAT-162, MAT-163, MAT-181, MAT-182, MAT-190, MAT-191, MAT-200, MAT-210
  • Physics: PHY-100 LAB, PHY-101 LAB, PHY-120 LAB, PHY-121 LAB, PHY-141 
  • Space Science and Astronomy: SSA-100 LAB, SSA-101 LAB

Business

  • BUS-100, BUS-132, BUS-150, BUS-152, BUS-162, BUS-170, BUS-200, BUS-211, BUS-217, BUS-221, BUS-223, BUS-244, BUS-248, BUS-255, BUS-260, BUS-264, BUS-265, BUS-267, BUS-290, BUS-292, BUS-293, BUS-310, BUS-312, BUS-320, BUS-323, BUS-335, BUS-340, BUS-350, BUS-355, BUS-360, BUS-362, BUS-368, BUS-370, BUS-375, BUS-380, BUS-410, BUS-418, BUS-421, BUS-430, BUS-450, BUS-492 

Please Note* Always check website for current offerings as some Math/Sciences courses are offered on a rotational basis.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $2,850
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,895
Tuition and may vary, depending on the courses chosen. Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have Lab fees.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

per Year
Tuition $12,480
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,375
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee and the $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have lab fees. Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

Jeannie Cameron

Jeannie Cameron

Faculty

Adult Basic Education, Mathematics-Science

MSc, Mathematics (Dalhousie University,1993)

Subjects: Mathematics
jeannie.cameron@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5060 | Location TTB - 117

Dennis Lightfoot

Dennis Lightfoot

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc (Agr. Eng) McGill University, 1992.

Subjects: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
dennis.lightfoot@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5044 | Location RAV - 207

Sandra Milligan

Sandra Milligan

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc University of Ottawa, Anatomy and Neurobiology (1998)

 

Subjects: Biology
Sandra.Milligan@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9759 | Location CWG - 233

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