Associate of Science Degree

Start your degree at NIC and receive two years (60 credits) of 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, mathematics, physics and more.
Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
Length: 2 years
Tuition: $3,025 approx per year

The NIC Foundation has provided three bursaries over the past two years for me and it's helped pay off my tuition and for some books. It's definitely helped.

Kala Dawn Larsen, NIC Associate of Science degree alumna (transferred to UBC for a Bachelor of Science)

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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 toward 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:

Eligible Associate Degree Courses

You may also choose elective courses in the following university-transferable subject areas for credit toward the completion of your Associate of Science degree:

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

Admission Requirements

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.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC's supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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.

Michael Willers

Michael Willers

michael.willers@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8729 | Location TEB - C135
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Aisling Brady

Aisling Brady

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

PhD, Marine Biology (University of Calgary, 2012)

Subjects: Biology
aisling.brady@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8718 | Location CEN - 109
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4104

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 250-334-5000 ext. 4083 | Location TTB - 122

Jason Diemer

Jason Diemer

jason.diemer@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9768 | Location CWG - 230
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5041

Jennifer Fallis Starhunter

Jennifer Fallis Starhunter

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

PhD in Physics (University of Manitoba, 2009)

Subjects: Physics
Jennifer.FallisStarhunter@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4092 | Location RAV - 207
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Darren George

Darren George

darren.george@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9762 | Location CWG - 236

Georgie Harrison

Georgie Harrison

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc, Biology

Subjects: Biology
georgie.harrison@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4215

Kathleen Heywood

Kathleen Heywood

kathleen.heywood@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8719
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc, Botany (University of British Columbia)

 

Subjects: Biology
michele.jones@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5043 | Location RAV - 203
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Mt. Waddington Regional Campus 250-949-7912
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711

Dennis Lightfoot

Dennis Lightfoot

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc in Agricultural Engineering (McGill University, 1992)

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

Frank Lu

Frank Lu

Faculty

Business Administration, Computer Science Technology, Fine Arts, Mathematics-Science

MSc (Business Admin) in Management Info Systems (UBC, 1992)

Subjects: Business, Info Tech & Comp Science, Interactive Media, Mathematics
frank.lu@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121

Sandra Milligan

Sandra Milligan

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

MSc in Anatomy and Neurobiology (University of Ottawa, 1998)

 

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

Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison

Faculty

Adult Basic Education, Mathematics-Science

MSc in Biology (Carleton University, 1986)

william.morrison@nic.bc.ca
Ucluelet Centre 250-726-2697 | Location BCC
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711 ext. 8788


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 toward 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.

 

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, 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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $3,025
NISU Fees $130
Lab Fees $65
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,180
Tuition 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 ($275).

International Fees

per Year
Tuition $12,984
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $60
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,969
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application 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 ($275).