University level courses you can take for transfer or general interest

Where: College Wide, Online College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Transfer seamlessly to university with NIC's exclusive partnership agreements.
  • Same course content, same quality as university - for nearly half the cost* 
  • Take as many or as few courses as you want
  • Explore a wide range of subjects, from anthropology and political science to English, psychology and much more
Transfer possibilities: Universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada and around the world give transfer credit for NIC programs and courses. If you work closely with advisors at NIC and your destination institution, your transfer options are virtually limitless.
* When comparing NIC student costs (tuition, fees, books, transport, housing, food) to those of urban university students



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  • Explore your interests. With University Studies, you have the freedom to explore your interests and keep your options open. You can take as many or as few courses as you want.
  • Discussion-friendly classes. Students tell us that classes at NIC feel like interactive work groups, where everyone has a chance to contribute their ideas and you get to know your instructors and classmates well.
  • Earn transfer credit.  With over 20 study areas in arts, science, business and fine arts you can take as many or as few courses as you want to explore your interest while earning credit toward NIC's associate degree or transfer to a bachelor degree at the university of your choice.

Study Options

Explore a full range of first and second-year courses in more than 20 subject areas including anthropology, business, biology, chemistry, criminology, economics, English, equity and social justice, fine arts, First Nations studies, French, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, space science and astronomy, Spanish and women's studies.

University Studies offers a great deal of flexibility and virtually limitless transfer possibilities. You can take as many or as few courses as you want, choosing from a wide range of subjects available on campus or online. Courses transfer in part or in full to other institutions and may be customized as a study plan and/or applied toward diplomas, associate degrees or bachelor’s degrees at NIC and beyond. And distance education options are available for some courses, allowing you to start or finish your degree wherever you are. 

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees recognize successful completion of 60 credits which is approximately 20 courses. If you study full time, you should be able to complete an associate degree within two academic years. 

If you are working toward a specific area of study or degree, you can focus your studies to finish your degree faster. To ensure you are choosing the right courses for your program of study, please speak with an educational advisor or consult the BC Transfer Guide

NIC's educational advisors can help you customize a study plan for your program or university of choice – potentially minimizing study time and costs. A study plan is a sample list of University Studies courses that can be further customized for transfer to a specific program or university. Educational advisors can develop a study plan with you from NIC to just about anywhere. Choosing a suitable combination of courses, however, may depend on a number of factors. NIC's educational advisors will work with you to personalize an educational or transfer plan to meet your goals.

Pathways & Partners

Dual and Guaranteed Admission
Start at NIC while receiving exclusive admission benefits at designated universities:

  • University of Victoria (dual admission or guaranteed admission)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (dual admission)
  • Vancouver Island University (dual admission)
  • Portland State University (guaranteed admission)
  • Royal Roads University (guaranteed admission)
  • University of Manitoba (student mobility agreement)

Flexible Pre-Major
To maximize your options at BC universities, complete a Flexible Pre-Major and an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. 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. A pre-major is a 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.

General Transfer 
Receive transfer credit from NIC to any institution or program in BC and across Canada.

  • University of British Columbia
  • Simon Fraser University
  • And more


Admission Requirements

  1. There are no formal admission requirements for University Studies. 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.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • If you plan to use your courses as transfer credit toward another program or degree, please review the Steps to University Transfer and contact an educational advisor. They have extensive knowledge of programs, funding options, career paths and post-secondary transfer agreements to help you get started on the right track.
  • NIC also offers high school-equivalent upgrading if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses.


How to Search Courses

  1. Search courses online under the following areas of study as 100 (first year) and 200 (second year) course levels: anthropology (ANT), business (BUS), biology (BIO), chemistry (CHE),criminology (CRM), economics (ECO), English (ENG), fine arts (FIN), First Nations studies (FNS), French (FRE), geography (GEO), history (HIS), mathematics (MAT), philosophy (PHI), physics (PHY), political science (POL), psychology (PSY), sociology (SOC), space science and astronomy (SSA), Spanish (SPN). Search courses by subject, level, keyword, or by transferability, and check the BC Transfers link undercourse descriptions

  2. Have a student advisor at NIC and your receiving institution check your study plan before registering in courses.

Transferable Courses

The following University Studies courses were transferable to AT LEAST ONE other BC post-secondary institution at the time of publishing. Since post-secondary transfer agreements and degree requirements change frequently, students are strongly encouraged to check AND speak to an advisor before registering in classes. 

BUS 100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
BUS 132 Mathematics of Finance
BUS 150 Administrative Principles
BUS 152 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
BUS 162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
BUS 170 Computer Applications for Business
BUS 200 Financial Accounting Fundamentals II
BUS 211 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
BUS 217 Management Accounting
BUS 221 Commercial Law
BUS 223 Taxation 1
BUS 244 Finance
BUS 255 Human Resources Management
BUS 260 Consumer Behaviour
BUS 264 Professional Selling
BUS 290 Management Information Systems
BUS 293 Business Simulation
BUS 312 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
BUS 318 Advanced Cost Accounting
BUS 323 Taxation II
BUS 335 Quantitative Methods
BUS 350 Organizational Behaviour
BUS 355 Managing for Public & Non-Profit Organizations
BUS 362 Market Research
BUS 368 Advertising and Marketing Communications
BUS 380 Globalization and International Business
BUS 390 Directed Field Studies I
BUS 419 Advanced Financial Accounting
BUS 420 Introduction to Auditing
BUS 421 Accounting Theory
BUS 430 Business-to-Business Marketing
BUS 450 Project Management
BUS 452 Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
BUS 490 Directed Field Studies II
BUS 492 Strategic Management


CPS 100 Computer Programming I
CPS 101 Computer Programming II
CPS 109 Computer & Information Systems
CPS 146 Database Fundamentals
CPS 151 Systems Analysis & Design
CPS 160 Integrated Software Tools
CPS 165 Web Design Tools
CPS 208 E-Commerce
CPS 215 Unix Utilities & Unix System Administration
CPS 221 Application & .NET Programming in C#
CPS 235 Advanced Java Programming
CPS 236 Internet Programming
CPS 246 Database Security & Administration
CPS 262 Data Communications & Computer Networks
CPS 268 Systems & Network Security
CPS 270 Software Engineering
CPS 300 Nursing Informatics


ENG 107 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction & Non-Fiction
ENG 108 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama
ENG 109 Introduction to Creative Writing: Journalism
ENG 115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis
ENG 116 Essay Writing And Indigenous Perspectives
ENG 117 Academic Writing
ENG 120 Introduction to Literature: Short Stories and the Novel
ENG 121 Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama
ENG 122 Reading Literature
ENG 125 Composition & Indigenous Literature I
ENG 126 Composition & Indigenous Literature II
ENG 127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada
ENG 160 Effective Organizational Writing
ENG 202 Survey of English Literature I
ENG 203 Survey of English Literature II
ENG 207 Creative Non-Fiction
ENG 208 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 209 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENG 212 An Introduction to Canadian Literature I
ENG 213 An Introduction to Canadian Literature II
ENG 214 Scriptwriting Workshop
ENG 215 Advanced Composition
ENG 216 Travel Writing
ENG 224 Women's Literature & Theory I
ENG 225 Women's Literature & Theory II
ENG 230 Selected Topics in Literature
ENG 260 Advanced Communications and Professional Writing
MCS 110 Media & Communication Studies
MCS 130 Explorations in Mass Communication
MCS 200 Digital Video Production
MCS 280 Communication and Culture

FIN 100 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture I
FIN 101 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture II
FIN 110 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language I
FIN 111 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language II
FIN 115 Introduction to Printmaking
FIN 120 Painting: Colour & Perception
FIN 121 Painting: Methods & Concepts
FIN 130 Foundation Studio in 3-D Materials and Design
FIN 131 Foundation Studio in 3-D Objects and Space
FIN 135 Introduction to Ceramics
FIN 140 Creative Processes
FIN 145 Introduction to Photography
FIN 206 Graphic Arts Production
FIN 210 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language III
FIN 211 Drawing & 2-Dimensional Language IV
FIN 215 Intaglio Printmaking
FIN 217 Serigraph Printmaking
FIN 220 Painting Applications I
FIN 221 Painting Applications II
FIN 235 3-Dimensional Applications (Ceramics I)
FIN 236 3-Dimensional Applications (Ceramics II)
FIN 245 Photography II
FIN 246 Photography III
FIN 247 Introduction to Digital Photography
FIN 250 Modern Art History


EDU 101 Teaching: The Human Interaction
EDU 102 Teaching: Making an Informed Decision
FNS 160 First Nations Education: Traditional and Contemporary
FNS 200 Pre- & Post-Contact First Nations of Canada
FRE 100 Motifs I
FRE 101 Motifs II
FRE 120 Motifs III
FRE 121 Motifs IV
FRE 145 Intermediate French I
FRE 146 Intermediate French II
FRE 265 Advanced French I
FRE 266 Advanced French II
FRE 280 La Traduction: Translation (A)
FRE 281 La Traduction: Translation (B)
HIS 111 Canadian History: Pre-Confederation
HIS 112 Canadian History: 1867 - Present
HIS 120 World History to 1000
HIS 121 World History of the Last Millennium, AD 1000-2000
HIS 122 World History Since 1945
HIS 130 World Religion
HIS 135 World Mythology
HIS 205 Travels in Time
HIS 210 Modern England 1688-1950
HIS 215 History of Modern Europe I
HIS 216 History of Modern Europe II
HIS 220 War, Memory, Myth and History
HIS 225 History of British Columbia
HIS 231 United States History To 1877
HIS 232 United States History Since 1877
HIS 250 History of Women in Canada, 1600-1920
HIS 251 History of Women in Canada, 1920-Present
HIS 260 Historical Reactions to Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
LIB 130 Introduction to World Religions
LIB 131 Eastern and Comparative Religions
LIB 210 Topics in World Civilization
LIB 250 Wisdom of the Ancients  
PHI 100 Introductory Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality
PHI 101 Introductory Philosophy: Values & Society
PHI 150 Critical Thinking
PHI 211 Philosophies of Existence
PHI 220 Philosophy of Love and Sex
PHI 230 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHI 240 Philosophy of Art
PHI 260 Business Ethics
SPN 100 Introductory Spanish I
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish II
SPN 200 Intermediate Spanish I
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish II


BIO 102 Principles of Modern Biology II
BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology I
BIO 110 Concepts in Biology I (Inhabiting the Human Body)
BIO 111 Concepts in Biology II (Inhabiting the Earth)
BIO 160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 170 Foundations of Ethnobotany
BIO 171 Applied Ethnobotany
BIO 200 Cell Biology
BIO 201 Introduction to Biochemistry
BIO 202 Principles of Genetics
BIO 211 Invertebrate Biology
BIO 215 Introductory Microbiology
BIO 230 Principles of Ecology
BIO 240 Applied Ecology: Human Impact on the Environment
BIO 241 Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
BIO 260 Pathobiology I
BIO 261 Pathobiology II
CHE 110 Chemical Principles I
CHE 111 Chemical Principles II
CHE 200 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry II
GEO 105 Physical Geography I
GEO 106 Physical Geography II
GEO 206 Introduction to Geomorphology
MAT 100 Pre-Calculus
MAT 102 Calculus for Life Sciences
MAT 115 Introduction to Statistics
MAT 133 Matrix Algebra
MAT 151 Finite Mathematics
MAT 162 Math for Elementary Education I
MAT 163 Math for Elementary Education II
MAT 181 Calculus I
MAT 182 Calculus II
MAT 190 First Nations Perspective: Math for Elementary Education l
MAT 191 First Nations Perspective: Math for Elementary Education ll
MAT 200 Linear Algebra
MAT 210 Calculus III
PHY 100 Introduction to Physics I
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics II
PHY 120 Principles of Physics I
PHY 121 Principles of Physics II
PHY 141 Mechanics I (Statics)
SSA 100 Introduction to the Solar System and Space Exploration
SSA 101 Space Science and Astronomy: Introduction to Deep Space Astronomy


ANT 150 Cultural Anthropology
ANT 151 Physical Anthropology & Archaeology
ANT 250 Ethnology of North America
ANT 251 Principles of Archaeology
ANT 252 Northwest Coast Prehistory
ANT 253 Seacoasts in Prehistory
ANT 260 Forensic Anthropology
ANT 290 Archaeology Field School
ANT 291 Archaeology Field School
ANT 292 Archaeology Field School
ANT 293 Third Rock Archeology
CRM 101 Introduction to Criminology
CRM 131 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CRM 135 Introduction to the Canadian Law & Legal Institutions
CRM 230 Criminal Law
CRM 220 Research Methods in Criminology
CRM 241 Introduction to Corrections
CRM 251 Introduction to Policing
ECO 110 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 111 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 245 Money & Banking
ECO 270 Environmental Economics
ESJ 100 Equity & Social Justice in Contemporary Canada
ESJ 101 Global Changes to, and Movements for, Social Justice
GEO 105 Physical Geography I
GEO 106 Physical Geography II
GEO 111 Environment, Society and Sustainability 
GEO 112 Introduction to Human Geography
GEO 200 Geography of Canada
GEO 205 Geography of British Columbia
GEO 206 Introduction to Geomorphology
GEO 210 Natural Resources Management I: Introduction
GEO 211 Natural Resources Management II: Wildlife
GEO 214 Biogeography
GEO 215 Society and the Environment
GEO 220 Introduction to Climate Change: Human and Ecological Dimensions
POL 109 Canadian Government
POL 111 Political Ideologies
POL 119 Canadian Politics
POL 151 Law and Politics
POL 200 Introduction to Political Theory
POL 201 Comparative Politics
POL 203 International Relations
POL 209 Government in America
PSY 130 Introductory Psychology I
PSY 131 Introductory Psychology II
PSY 202 Health Psychology
PSY 204 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 215 Biological Psychology
PSY 235 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 245 Psychology of Women
PSY 250 Human Development from Conception through Childhood
PSY 251 Human Development from Adolescence through Adulthood
PSY 260 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology I
SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology II
SOC 130 First Nations Sociology
SOC 210 Ethnic Relations
SOC 212 Issues in Canadian Society
SOC 220 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods
SOC 230 Sociological Explanations of Crime & Deviance
SOC 240 The Sociology of Love and Sex
SSW 120 Foundations of Social Service Practice
SSW 122 Social Welfare in Canada
WST 100 Global Perspectives on Women
WST 101 Issues in Women's Health
WST 110 First Nations Women's Studies
WST 260 Empowered Caring & Feminist Practice 


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

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 tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Course
Tuition $290
NISU Fees $15
Learner Resource $15
Health and Dental $275
Total $595
Tuition fees vary from approximately $285 to $490 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $340 depending on the course. Book costs are specific to each course.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

per Term
Tuition $6,365
NISU Fees $60
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $75
Health and Dental $275
Total $8,305
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Book costs and Lab fees depend on the courses chosen. 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).

For more information or to apply,
visit or call 1-800-715-0914
to speak with an educational advisor today!