Associate of Arts Degree

  • An Associate Degree is a formal credential that recognizes the successful completion of sixty (60) credits in the Arts and Sciences program. In addition to general Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, Associate degrees with specializations are offered. Specializations within the Associate Degrees include: Art History, Applied Ethics, Biology, Creative Writing, English and Psychology. 

    Some other universities grant full transfer credit (60 credits) and may grant priority admission for associate degree holders.

    Associate of Arts Degree - General

    To be eligible for the Associate of Arts Degree, a student must have:

    1. Completed 60 credits of courses that have assigned or unassigned Arts and Sciences credit at the 100-level or higher at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, or the University of Northern British Columbia.
    2. Completed at least 30 of these 60 credits within five years preceding the awarding of the Associate Degree.
    3. Completed at least 30 of these 60 credits at Capilano University within five years preceding the awarding of the degree, of which at least 12 credits are in courses that have assigned or unassigned Arts and Sciences credit at the 200-level or higher.
    4. Completed at least six credits in courses that have assigned or unassigned Arts and Sciences credit at the 100-level in English.
    5. Completed at least 18 credits in Arts courses (other than English) that have assigned or unassigned university transferable credit at the 100-level; at least six of these credits must be in the Humanities, and at least six of these credits must be in the Social Sciences, and no more than six credits shall be in any one subject area.
    6. Completed at least 18 credits in Arts courses that have assigned or unassigned university transferable credit at the 200-level or higher, these credits must be in at least two different subject areas.
    7. Completed at least nine credits in Science courses, including at least three credits in Mathematics or\ Computing Science or Statistics (i.e. any statistics course that transfers to a university as a 100-level or higher Science course; Psychology 213 may be used) and at least three credits in a Laboratory Science course (i.e. any course in the Science's list worth three credits or more and with a lab of at least two hours, but excluding any course in Applied Science or Computing Science). 
    8. Completed at least nine credits in courses that have assigned or unassigned university transferable credit at the 100-level or higher; credits may be for Arts and Sciences courses in subjects listed under the Classification of Subjects for Associate Degrees section following, or for university transferable courses in other subjects (e.g. Commerce, Business Administration, Communications).
    9. Achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 over all of the courses counting towards the requirement.

    Note:  History courses are considered as Humanities credits for the purpose of the Associate Degree.  

    General Course Requirements for Associate of Arts Degree*

    ARTS COURSES - 100 LEVEL
    English (6.0 credits) 

    ARTS COURSES -  100 LEVEL - only six credits max. in one subject area 
    Humanities (6.0 credits) - excludes English
    Social Sciences  (6.0 credits)
    Social Sciences or Humanities (6.0 credits) 

    ARTS COURSES 200 LEVEL OR HIGHER (18.0 credits)
    Credits must be in at least two subject areas

    SCIENCE COURSES - 100 LEVEL OR HIGHER
    Mathematics or Comp. Science or Statistics  (3.0 credits) Psychology 213 may be used
    Laboratory Science (3.0 credits)  - requires min. two-hr. lab per week and excludes any course in Applied Science or Computing Science
    Science Courses (3.0 credits)

    ELECTIVES 100 LEVEL OR HIGHER (9.0 credits)
    May be Arts or Science courses or other subjects, e.g. Commerce, Business Administration, Communications with university transfer credits.

    TOTAL CREDITS:  60.0

  • For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.