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Associate of Science Degree Framework


The Associate of Science degree consists of two years of university course work where students are able to complete their lower-division requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree if they plan effectively. Holders of an Associate Degree receive full transfer credit of all courses counting towards that degree, even if the receiving institution may not have an articulation in place with each specific course counted by the sending institution towards an Associate Degree. While universities traditionally allow transfer based on GPA cutoffs, some receiving institutions grant a GPA advantage to Associate of Science holders.

KPU currently offers two pathways for an Associate of Science Degree:

  1. Associate of Science in General Sciences
  2. Associate of Science in Mathematics

Students are responsible for ensuring their courses are transferable to other receiving institutions by checking the online transfer guide from the BC Council on Admission and Transfer at

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing an Associate of Science Degree must be admitted to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture.

Curricular Requirements

Students are required to complete 60 semester credit hours of first-year and second-year courses. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required, with a minimum grade of D in each course counting towards the Associate of Science Degree.

The Associate of Science Degree follows the standards published by the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) Accordingly, all courses used as part of the degree must be transferrable to one of the following BC universities:

  • Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver or Okanagan Campuses) (UBC)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
  • University of Victoria (UVic)

Specific Requirements:

  1. English Requirements:
    • ENGL 1100 and
    • One additional first year ENGL course
  2. Math Requirements*:
    • Six credits of university level mathematics, which shall include at least three credits in Calculus.
  3. First Year Science Requirements:
  4. Second Year Science Requirements
  5. Additional Course Requirements
    • Any two courses in Arts‡, not counting English (ENGL), plus
    • Any other two courses that are designated as university transferable

* Most Science degrees require both Calculus I and Calculus II.  Institutions have the discretion to set higher standards, including not recognizing MATH 1112.
† Institutions have the discretion to not recognize CHEM 1105, MATH 1112 or PHYS 1100.
‡ Any Arts subject area not noted in the science categories above, and includes all geography courses not specified in the science categories above, i.e. GEOG 1101, 1160, 2140, 2170, 2185 etc.

Students lacking the appropriate prerequisites will likely require more than two years to complete the Associate of Science. Since the Associate of Science represents completion of one half of a Bachelor of Science, as long as the right courses are taken at KPU, students should ideally be able to complete their Bachelor of Science in a further two years at the receiving University.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive an Associate of Science degree in their chosen subject area.

At a Glance

Faculty of Science and Horticulture

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Associate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 60

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 13-Jun-2018

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