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Program overview
4 semesters
Associate's degree
Start dates
January 2021
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description


Gain an excellent grounding in modern scientific methods of conducting lab work and research.

The Associate of Science degree at UFV is a four-semester program that allows you to take the science courses that interest you. For example, you can take first and second year courses in disciplines such as:

  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computing science
  • Mathematics and statistics

Most of the UFV science courses offer a lab component that compliments the lecture component, so that you can practice common lab and experimental procedures that are useful in today's industries.

UFV's small class sizes make it easier to get help from your professors, allowing you to excel in your courses.

After you graduate, you are able to think critically and are aptly prepared to branch directly into a job field or continue your studies in the Bachelor of Science.

You may also choose to use the Associate of Science degree at UFV as a starting point to transfer to a larger, more competitive program.

Admission requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of nine university-level credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all university courses attempted.
  • Mathematics requirement: one of the following:
    • Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12 with a minimum grade of B
    • Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of A
    • MATH 095 with a minimum grade of B
    • MATH 096 with a minimum grade of B
    • MATH 092 and MATH 093, each with a minimum grade of B
    • MDPT score of 70% or better
    • MATH 110 with a minimum grade of C+
    • MATH 111 with a minimum grade of C
  • Science requirement: one course from one of the following disciplines, with a minimum grade of C+:
    • Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 12, Biology 12, BIO 093, or BIO 111
    • Chemistry: Chemistry 12, CHEM 093 (discontinued), CHEM 110, or CHEM 113
    • Geography: Physical Geography 12, Geography 12, GEOG 101 (discontinued), GEOG 102 (discontinued), or GEOG 103
    • Geology: Geology 12 or GEOG 116
    • Physics: Physics 12, PHYS 093, PHYS 100, PHYS 101, PHYS 105, or PHYS 111
  • English requirement: Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement.

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Program content

Year 1:

Semester I

  • Calculus I
  • Three 100-level science courses

Semester II

  • Calculus II
  • Two 100-level science courses
  • One lower-level science course

Year 2:

Semester III

  • Academic Writing
  • One Arts elective
  • Three 200-level science courses

Semester IV

  • One English course (ENGL 120–170)
  • One Arts elective
  • Three 200-level science courses

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 


Associate of Science degree

Career opportunities

According to the B.C. 2028 Labour Market Outlook, British Columbians can expect to see 903,000 job openings in the next ten years as boomers retire. 77% of future jobs will require some form of post-secondary education or training.

The report predicts that occupations in the health sector and in the natural and applied sciences sector will see 153,500 job openings by 2028.

Demand for science, technology, engineering and math skills is spreading to occupations in manufacturing, utilities, transportation and mining, as well as to sales and management. In consequence, an Associate of Science degree can act as a stepping stone to varied, challenging, and fulfilling career opportunities, especially if combined with further studies in a field of specialization.

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About this institute

University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...

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University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia

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