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Flexible Pre-Major

Required first and second year courses for admission into year three of a major.

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Focus on majors including anthropology, biology, economics, English and sociology.
  • Transfer directly into the third year of a degree program by completing required first and second year courses in your major.
  • Complete both the Flexible Pre-Major and Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree to maximize your opportunities at BC universities
Transfer Possibilities. Thanks to a special province-wide collaboration, students can easily transfer first and second year courses to a major at the third year level. A full list of transfer possibilities is available at BCCAT.

 

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Same degree, save $20,000. By completing a Flexible Pre-Major at NIC, you will spend approximately $20,000 less for the first two years of your studies (tuition, fees, books, transport, housing and food) compared to students attending an urban university.
  • Keep your options open. Since Flexible Pre-Majors transfer to institutions throughout BC, you can expect full credit for your coursework no matter where you choose to continue your studies.
  • Strengthen your Associate Degree. By working with NIC's educational advisors you may be able to develop a study plan which allows you to achieve both the Flexible Pre-Major and an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, which truly maximizes your opportunities in BC.
  • In good company. Graduates tell us that NIC classes feel like interactive work groups, where everyone has a chance to contribute ideas and get to know instructors and classmates.
  • 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 get you where you want to go.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

If you are planning to study anthropology, biology, economics, English or sociology at NIC, there is a Flexible Pre-Major established to ensure you have met the lower level program requirements for your major prior to transfer into third year. 
 
While the Flexible Pre-Major is intended to assist you in progression through a major, you should be aware of other majors, double majors, joint majors and minors in your prospective receiving institution. To ensure that you are on track with admission requirements at your chosen university, you should consult with an advisor at that institution.
 
You can complete the associate degree pathway at the same time, which recognizes successful completion of 60 credits of study, or approximately 20 courses. With full-time study, you can choose to complete an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree within two academic years. Part-time study options are also available.
 
If you plan to transfer between BC post-secondary institutions in order to undertake a major (typically after the second year of study), a Flexible Pre-Major clarifies the transfer agreement and simplifies the process. 
 
If you plan to attend a particular university and end up not doing so, completion of the Flexible Pre-Major for your chosen major will allow you to complete your major at another participating institution.
 
By working with NIC's educational advisors, you can develop a study plan which allows you to achieve both a flexible pre-major and an associate degree, which truly maximizes your opportunities at BC post-secondary institutions. Read more about Flexible Pre-Majors at BCCAT
 
Be competitive. Completion of the flexible pre-major does not guarantee acceptance into degree programs. Acceptance depends on your obtaining a competitive GPA and meeting any other admission requirements specified by the receiving institution.
 
 
 

 

Admission Requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for Flexible Pre-Majors. 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. Students should apply to the University Studies Program.

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 and will help you get started on the right track.
  • You are responsible for selecting only courses that are eligible for the Flexible Pre-Major. Always review your study plan with an educational advisor before registering in courses.
  • If you intend to transfer your flexible pre 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 a Flexible Pre-Major. However, choosing the right combination of courses will depend on a number of factors. NIC's educational advisors can help you develop a study plan to complete a Flexible Pre-Major in one of the following subject areas:

Limitations and caveats of Flexible Pre-Majors:

You are responsible for selecting the correct combination of course to complete your Flexible Pre-Major. You can also maximize your options by working toward an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at the same time. It is important that you work with an educational advisor to examine the total program requirements at your university of choice prior to applying for transfer, noting that:

  • none of the courses constituting the requirements for a Flexible Pre-Major substitute for upper-level requirements at the institution you transfer to. Completion of your Flexible Pre-Major does not guarantee acceptance into your university of choice.

  • acceptance depends on your maintaining a competitive GPA and/or meeting any other admission requirements.

  • you may also need to fulfill non-discipline specific requirements, such as English, humanities or science credits.

Anthropology flexible Pre-Major

The Anthropology Flexible Pre-Major consists of five courses (15 credits), including:

  • one lower-level (first or second-year) anthropology course (three credits minimum) in each of these three areas:
    • social/cultural anthropology 
    • biological/physical anthropology 
    • archaeology 
  • one second-year general, introductory research methods course (three credits minimum).

If such a course is not available in the anthropology department, a comparable course provided through another discipline such as sociology or psychology may be substituted.

  • five or more lower-level (either first or second year) anthropology courses (15 credits minimum) including the courses listed above.

If you plan to transfer into programs with anthropology majors that require six lower-level anthropology courses, you may take the additional course or credits in year three of your program.

Eligible Flexible Pre-Major courses include:

First Year:
introductory/social/cultural: 
ANT-150
introductory/biological/physical: ANT-151

Second Year:
archaeology: 
ANT-251
research methods: ANT-290ANT-291

Make sure to review the limits and caveats of your Flexible Pre-Major. A full list of transfer possibilities is available at BCCAT

Biology Flexible Pre-Major

The Biology Flexible Pre-Major requires you to successfully complete 14 courses (42 credits), including
  • two introductory (first-year) majors biology courses, with labs 
  • two introductory (first-year) chemistry courses, with labs
  • two introductory (first-year) calculus courses
  • two introductory (first-year) physics courses, with labs
  • one second-year course in genetics 
  • one second-year or higher level course in cell biology 
  • one second-year or higher level course in biochemistry 
  • one second-year course in ecology
  • two courses in organic chemistry, with labs
First Year:
majors biology: BIO-102BIO-103
chemistry: CHE-110CHE-111
calculus: MAT-181MAT-182 or MAT-102MAT-151
physics: PHY-101PHY-102 or PHY-120PHY-121
 
Second Year:
organic chemistry: CHE-200CHE-201
cell: BIO-200
genetics: BIO-202
ecology: BIO-230
biochemistry: BIO-201
other: BIO-211 (Inverts), BIO-215 (Micro)
 
​​Make sure to review the limits and caveats of your Flexible Pre-Major. A full list of transfer possibilities is available at BCCAT

Economics Flexible Pre-Major

The Economics Flexible Pre-Major consists of six courses (18 credits) or, for UVic, 15 credits or 7.5 units, including:

  • one principles of microeconomics course 

  • one principles of macroeconomics course 

  • two post-principles of economics courses, i.e., courses for which principles of microeconomics and/or principles of macroeconomics are pre-requisites. 

  • one calculus course, such as Calculus I or equivalent; or for UBC, two calculus courses, such as Calculus I and Calculus II 

  • one statistics course, such as Statistics I or equivalent, except at UBC and UVic.

Eligible Flexible Pre-Major courses include:
 
First Year:
microeconomics: ECO-110
macroeconomics: ECO-111
calculus I: MAT-102MAT-181
calculus II: MAT-182
statistics I: MAT-115
 
Second Year:
post principles of economics: ECO-245ECO-270
 
Make sure to review the limits and caveats of your Flexible Pre-Major. ​​A full list of transfer possibilities is available at BCCAT

English Flexible Pre-Major

 
The English Flexible Pre-major consists of six courses (18 credits), including:
  • nine credits from second-year courses;
  • one second year historical survey course (three credits) and,
  • two other second-year English literature courses (six credits), which could include more survey courses
  • one (three credit) creative writing course and one academic (three credit) writing course can also be counted toward the required 18 credits of the English Flexible Pre-Major.
Eligible Flexible Pre-Major courses include:
 
First Year:
general first year courses: ENG-120ENG-121ENG-125ENG-126
creative writing: ENG-107ENG-108
academic writing: ENG-115ENG-117
 
Second Year:
genre/cultural/critical study: ENG-224ENG-225ENG-230
historical survey: ENG-202ENG-203ENG-212ENG-213
creative writing: ENG-207ENG-208ENG-209, ENG-216
academic writing: ENG-215
 
Make sure to review the limits and caveats of your Flexible Pre-Major. ​​A full list of transfer possibilities is available at BCCAT

Sociology Flexible Pre-Major

The Sociology Flexible Pre-Major consists of six courses (18 credits), including:

  • two introductory level (first-year) sociology courses (each three credits minimum) or one introductory level (first-year) sociology course and a second year course dealing with Canadian society.
  • one lower-level sociology theory course (three credits minimum). An upper-level theory course can be substituted for a lower-level theory course, but the upper-level course will not be permitted to fulfill any upper-level theory course requirement at a receiving institution. 
  • one second-year (three-credit) general introductory research methods course. In some cases, a similar research methods course from a different department, such as criminology or psychology, may be substituted.  A third-year research methods course can be substituted for the second-year research methods course, but the third-year course will not be permitted to fulfill any third-year research methods course requirement at the receiving institution.
  • five lower-level (either first or second year) sociology courses (minimum total of 15 credits), including the courses listed above.

  • additional lower level course credits can be taken, if your university of choice requires six lower-level sociology courses, and you are transferring into that program with five lower-level sociology courses. It is highly recommended that your Sociology Flexible Pre-Major includes six lower-level sociology courses.

  • one, ​​first or second-year introductory (three credit) course in statistics for the social sciences. This course, though necessary, will not count as one of the 15 lower-level sociology credits required for the Sociology Flexible Pre-Major.

Eligible Flexible Pre-Major courses include:
 
First Year:
introductory: SOC-110SOC-111
math/statistics: MAT-115

Second Year:
research methods: SOC-220

Make sure to review the limits and caveats of your Flexible Pre-Major. A full list of transfer possibilities is available at BCCAT

 

What is a Flexible Pre-major?
According to BCCAT, a 'pre-major' as a defined as the set of first and second year courses in a discipline or subject area which you are required to complete in order to be admitted to a major within a degree program, with admission usually occurring at the end of the second year of a four-year degree. 
The intent of a Flexible Pre-Major (FPM) agreement is for programs and institutions to identify and agree upon the set of lower-level courses in a discipline or subject that you will need to complete if you wish to transfer directly into the third year of a degree program, ideally without having to take additional courses at the receiving institution. The FPM is a formal inter-institutional agreement facilitating student transfer into programs offering a major in a discipline or subject. The agreement is usually accompanied by a grid identifying courses at each participating institution that fulfill each component of the first two years of the major. Read more about Flexible Pre-Majors at BCCAT

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