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Associate of Science Degree - General Studies


An Associate of Science Degree is a provincial credential designed to prepare students for careers following graduation or to transfer into a Bachelor’s Degree program. The curriculum comprises of two years of university level studies in a variety of academic areas. Students complete a broad range of courses, balanced with in-depth study of specific disciplines. 

This credential is a key pathway into Biological, Health and Medical degrees. It is also a recognized and credible academic achievement that can be used to increase employability.  Earn the first two years of a four-year Bachelor Degree and then transfer* directly into the third year of a degree program at BC universities.

Obtaining an Associate's Degree from NWCC reduces the total cost of the four-year Bachelor’s Degree and provides a strong academic foundation from which to transition into a university setting

*Students who plan to transfer credit to another NWCC program or postsecondary institution should first consult with the institution to determine admission requirements and appropriate university credit electives. For more information about course transferability visit  

See also the Associate of Science Degree - Environmental Geoscience Specialization.

Core Course Guarantee

Northwest Community College offers a core set of 1st year courses that allow students to complete the first year of an Associate of Arts Degree in one full academic year at Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace campuses. NWCC also offers a core set of 2nd year courses required for completion of a two-year Associate of Arts Degree or Science Degree in two full academic years at both Prince Rupert and Terrace, and those required to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in three years at Smithers (this can be shortened if combined with online courses).

Program Outline 

General Requirements:

To obtain an Associate of Science Degree, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credits of first or second year courses.

These must include a minimum of 18 credits in Science at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas.

Specific Requirements:

6 Credits in First Year English AND
6 Credits in Mathematics which shall include at least 3 credits in Calculus AND
36 Credits in Science which shall include at least 3 credits in a Laboratory Science AND 
6 Credits in Arts other than English (excluding Math and Lab based science courses) AND
6 Credits in Arts, Science, or other areas. 
Admission Requirements 
  1. Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
  2. Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
  3. Once admitted, register in the courses required for General Studies.

Course prerequisites include:

  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Pre-Calculus 12
  • Physics 11

The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.  

Campus locations:  Prince Rupert and Terrace.

Field School courses available in the spring and summer.  

Study on a full or part-time basis.  Some courses are available online and by teleconference.

Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.

Concurrent Studies for High School Students
Grade 12 high school students may enrol in NWCC University Credit courses and earn credit toward both their high school diploma and Associate or University Degree.  Concurrent Academic Studies is approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Visit the NWCC Website for the Concurrent Academic Studies policies or talk to a NWCC Educational Advisor and your high school counsellor.

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