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Associate of Science Degree

Uncover the physical and material world through observation, calculation and experimentation. Take courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics and astronomy that . Hone skills in mathematical and scientific reasoning, computer and technological literacy, research and  evaluative skills, analysis, synthesis and integration of knowledge, as well as critical thinking and problem solving.

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Campus

  • Kelowna
  • Vernon
  • Penticton
  • Salmon Arm
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  • Partial program offered

Credential

Associate Degree

Delivery options

Full-Time, Part-Time

  • International students eligible

Tuition and fees

2024-25: $5,244.26 per year

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.

  • Detailed International tuition fees information.

  • Fees listed are for first year (two semesters) for a typical, full-time student taking 5 courses per semester (1 lecture-based course and 4 courses with lab components). Depending on the campus and the courses selected, fees may vary.

  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.

  • Detailed domestic tuition and fees information

Program details

The Associate of Science degree is a provincial credential offered by many institutions in the BC Transfer System. The associate degree provides an educational experience that prepares students for life as an educated person, and lays a solid foundation for further study.

The associate degree curriculum consists of two years of university-level study in a variety of academic areas. ɫɫɫƬ are required to complete a broad range of course offerings balanced with in-depth study in specific disciplines. Since many students will continue their studies, the requirements are sufficiently flexible to enable students to complete the required prerequisites for upper-level course work in their intended major. ɫɫɫƬ will be exposed to a program of study that seeks to develop:

  • an interest in and curiosity about the world around them
  • an understanding of the global context in which they live and work
  • an appreciation of intellectual thought and human creativity
  • an openness to a variety of viewpoints
  • a capacity for and interest in self-directed life-long learning
  • an acceptance of the social responsibilities that come with the benefits of advanced learning.

In addition, the program of study should develop and improve those skills essential for academic success at an advanced intellectual level. They include but are not limited to:

  • advanced reading comprehension
  • effective written and oral communications
  • mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • computer and technological literacy
  • research and evaluative skills
  • analysis, synthesis, and integration of knowledge
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • application of theoretical understanding to practice
  • working collaboratively.

Degree pathways

Take your first or second year at Okanagan College then transfer to a university of your choice to complete your four-year Bachelor of Science degree. When you take our University Transfer courses, it’s as though you were studying in the same course at a university. Smaller class sizes mean you’ll receive more personalized attention from your instructors, helping you to succeed. This is why our students do as well or better than students who go directly to university. Save over $1,800 in tuition and fees as well as significant housing and transportation costs.  

Book an appointment with an education advisor to determine your degree Pathway. 

View pathways for each campus below: 

Kelowna campus 

First year: English, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Math, Physics, Statistics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Environmental Science 

Second year (Associate Degree):  Biology Emphasis, Chemistry Emphasis, Computer Science Emphasis, Mathematics & Statistics Emphasis 

Degree: Bachelor’s Degrees across BC and Canada. If you want to transfer credits from a BC institution, visit the website to see what courses will transfer. 

Vernon campus 

First year: English, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Math, Physics, Statistics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Environmental Science 

Second year (Associate Degree): Biology Emphasis 

Degree: Bachelor’s Degrees across BC and Canada. If you want to transfer credits from a BC institution, visit the website to see what courses will transfer. 

Penticton campus 

First year: English, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Math, Physics, Statistics, Astronomy, Computer Science 

Second year (Associate Degree): Transfer and complete the Associate Degree at OC Kelowna or Vernon campus or transfer directly to a university of your choice. 

Degree: Bachelor’s Degrees across BC and Canada. If you want to transfer credits from a BC institution, visit the website to see what courses will transfer. 

Salmon Arm campus 

First year: English, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Math, Physics, Statistics 

Second year (Associate Degree): Transfer and complete the Associate Degree at OC Kelowna or Vernon campus or transfer directly to a university of your choice. 

Degree: Bachelor’s Degrees across BC and Canada. If you want to transfer credits from a BC institution, visit the website to see what courses will transfer.

Regional delivery of studies can differ according to the campus location, but the first year of study is available at every campus. Some courses are also available by online delivery and distance education and students can combine on campus courses with online and distance courses.

For help with course planning, book an appointment with an Education Advisor.

Campus Start date Schedule
Kelowna Jan. 08, 2024
Kelowna Sep. 04, 2024
Kelowna Jan. 06, 2025
Penticton Sep. 04, 2024

Please note, first year sciences can be taken at the Penticton campus but this Associate of Science Degree can only be completed in full at the Vernon and Kelowna campuses.

Penticton Jan. 08, 2024

Please note, first year sciences can be taken at the Penticton campus but this Associate of Science Degree can only be completed in full at the Vernon and Kelowna campuses.

Penticton Jan. 06, 2025

Please note, first year sciences can be taken at the Penticton campus but this Associate of Science Degree can only be completed in full at the Vernon and Kelowna campuses.

Salmon Arm Sep. 04, 2024

Please note, first year sciences can be taken at the Salmon Arm campus but this Associate of Science Degree can only be completed in full at the Vernon and Kelowna campuses.

Vernon Jan. 08, 2024
Vernon Sep. 04, 2024
Vernon Jan. 06, 2025
Kelowna May 2024

Limited course availability through the summer. Applications open on February 1, 2024.

Kelowna Jul. 2024

Limited course availability through the summer. Applications open on February 1, 2024.

Admission requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English Entrance Requirement:
    • English 12 with minimum 60% or .
    • ɫɫɫƬ who do not satisfy the English entrance requirement will be admissible to the first year of the Associate of Science program, subject to the following conditions:
      • Registration is restricted to courses for which the student satisfies the prerequisites. Registration in first-year English courses is, therefore, prohibited.
      • ɫɫɫƬ must successfully complete the English entrance requirement, as stated above, within their first year of studies.
  • Math Entrance Requirement:
    • A minimum of 50% in any of:
      • Pre-calculus Grade 12
      • Principles of Mathematics 12
      • Adult Basic Education
      • Or a minimum of 64% on the Calculus Readiness Test
      • ɫɫɫƬ who do not satisfy the Mathematics entrance requirement will be admissible to the first year of the Associate of Science program, subject to the following conditions:
        • Registration is restricted to courses for which the student satisfies the prerequisites. Registration in CHEM 111, COSC 111, MATH 112, and PHYS 111 is therefore, prohibited.
        • ɫɫɫƬ who do not satisfy the Mathematics entrance requirement are strongly advised to register in MATH 120 (Pre Calculus). Successful completion of this course will satisfy the Mathematics entrance requirement.
        • ɫɫɫƬ must successfully complete the Mathematics entrance requirement, as stated above, in their first year of studies.

  • Secondary School Calculus:
    • ɫɫɫƬ enrolling for the first time at Okanagan College who have completed or are registered in a secondary-school calculus course are eligible to write the UBC-SFU-UVic-UNBC Calculus Examination. ɫɫɫƬ who pass this examination with a grade of 50% or better will be given the option of receiving credit for MATH 112 with a grade equal to the grade obtained on the examination or taking MATH 112 for credit.
    • There is an $88 non-refundable fee for the Calculus Examination. It must be paid to the sponsoring institution. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the sponsoring institution regarding the dates and locations of the examination, since these will change depending on the sponsoring institution. It is also the responsibility of the student to obtain a letter from the sponsoring institution stating the grade achieved on the examination. This letter is the document that Okanagan College will use to administer the policy.
    • This policy applies to students who are enrolling at Okanagan College for the first time. A student who opts to take MATH 112 for credit cannot, at a later date, request that their grade on the Calculus Examination be used in place of the grade they received in MATH 112, even if the student withdraws.

Program outline

ɫɫɫƬ who plan on transferring to complete a BSc degree should ensure that they complete the following requirements:
Six 100-Level English credits. ɫɫɫƬ must complete two of the following:
ENGL 100 - University Writing
ENGL 150 - Critical Writing and Reading: Poetry and Drama
ENGL 151 - Critical Writing and Reading: Short Fiction and the Novel
ENGL 153 - Critical Writing and Reading: Narrative
Six credits from the following recommended 100-Level Science courses:
Both of:
MATH 112 - Calculus I
MATH 122 - Calculus II
And either of these combinations:
Both of:
CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 121 - Principles of Chemistry II
Or both of:
CHEM 112 - Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 121 - Principles of Chemistry II
And either of these combinations:
Both of:
PHYS 111 - Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 121 - Calculus-Based Physics II
Or both of:
PHYS 112 - Introductory Physics I
PHYS 122 - Introductory Physics II
Six elective Arts or Science credits. The following Science elective courses are recommended:
Both:
ASTR 110 - Astronomy for the Physical Sciences I
ASTR 120 - Astronomy for the Physical Sciences II
Or both:
ASTR 111 - Astronomy I
ASTR 121 - Astronomy II
Or both:
BIOL 111 - Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 121 - Biology for Science Majors II
Or both:
COSC 111 - Computer Programming I
COSC 121 - Computer Programming II
Or:
COSC 122 - Computer Fluency
Or both:
EESC 111 - Earth Science
EESC 121 - Natural History of the Earth
Or both:
GEOG 111 - Introduction to Physical Geography: Climate & Vegetation
GEOG 121 - Introduction to Physical Geography: Water & Landscapes
Second-Year Requirements Specific second-year courses are required for some majors. ɫɫɫƬ planning to transfer after second year, should consult the calendar of the university they plan to transfer to for second-year course requirements.
Courses with Laboratories In many science courses that include both a lecture component and a laboratory component, students are required to complete and pass each part independently in order to pass the course. ɫɫɫƬ should be aware of all the requirements that must be met to attain a passing grade in any course.

The Associate of Science Degree is granted upon completion of 60 credits of prescribed study (below). A student with an Associate of Science Degree if admitted to B.C. universities is guaranteed full transfer credit (60 credits) for the work done for their Associate Degree.

In two B.C. universities (SFU and UNBC), a student with an Associate of Science Degree will be offered priority admission to the Faculty of Science (subject to a minimum GPA determined by the university). Check the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfers website for updated information on B.C. Associate degrees at .

Courses used to complete the Okanagan College Associate of Science Degree must have transfer credit to at least one B.C. research university (Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria).

No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.

The Associate of Science Degree is granted upon the successful completion of the following courses:

  • Two of the following: ENGL 100, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, or ENGL 153.

  • MATH 112 and at least one other three-credit course in Mathematics. MATH 120 (Pre-Calculus) can be used for the second mathematics course, however, the student should be aware that some institutions will not accept this course for credit toward a science degree.

  • At least 12 credits (4 courses) from:

    • BIOL 111 or BIOL 121

    • CHEM 111 or CHEM 112

    • CHEM 121
    • PHYS 111 or PHYS 112

    • PHYS 121 or PHYS 122

  • At least 24 other credits in Science, which shall include a minimum of six courses (18 credits) in Science at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas.

  • At least two three-credit courses in Arts other than English.

  • At least two three-credit courses in Arts, Science or other areas.

A total of 60 credits (at least 20 courses) of first- and second-year courses with a minimum average of 60% calculated from all courses counting towards the Associate of Science degree.

Program specializations

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Science Degree, the student pursuing a Biology Emphasis must complete the following specific courses.

Complete both:
BIOL 111 - Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 121 - Biology for Science Majors II
Complete one of the following pairs:
CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 121 - Principles of Chemistry II
or
CHEM 112 - Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 121 - Principles of Chemistry II
Complete both:
CHEM 212 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II
Complete one of the following pairs:
PHYS 111 - Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 121 - Calculus-Based Physics II
or
PHYS 112 - Introductory Physics I
PHYS 122 - Introductory Physics II
Complete at least 6 of the following:
BIOL 202 - Elementary Applied Statistics
BIOL 203 - Introduction to Ecology
BIOL 211 - Cell Biology
BIOL 220 - Introductory Biochemistry
BIOL 224 - Principles of Genetics
BIOL 228 - Introductory Microbiology
BIOL 251 - Vascular Plants
BIOL 254 - Vertebrate Biology
The choice from these second year BIOL courses should be made based on the requirements of the university to which the student wishes to transfer.

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Science Degree, the student pursuing a Chemistry Emphasis must complete the following courses.

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 121 - Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 211 - Physical Chemistry
CHEM 212 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 211 - Physical Chemistry
CHEM 226 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
MATH 122 - Calculus II
MATH 212 - Calculus III
MATH 221 - Linear Algebra I

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Science Degree, the student pursuing a Physics and Mathematics Emphasis must complete certain courses.

Specifically. as part of the Associate of Science Degree requirements, the student must complete:
MATH 122 - Calculus II
PHYS 111 - Calculus-Based Physics I
PHYS 121 - Calculus-Based Physics II
In place of PHYS 111, a student can complete (with a minimum grade of 68%):
PHYS 112 - Introductory Physics I
In place of PHYS 121, a student can complete (with a minimum grade of 68%):
PHYS 122 - Introductory Physics II
Six second-year MATH and PHYS courses, including at least two MATH (excluding MATH 257) and two PHYS (excluding PHYS 202)

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Science Degree, the student pursuing a Computer Science Emphasis must complete specific courses.

Specifically, as part of the Associate of Science Degree requirements, the student must complete the following:
All of:
COSC 111 - Computer Programming I
COSC 121 - Computer Programming II
COSC 211 - Machine Architecture
COSC 222 - Computer Data Structures
COSC 231 - Principles of Computer Science
MATH 122 - Calculus II
MATH 212 - Calculus III
MATH 221 - Linear Algebra I
Complete at least 1 of the following:
COSC 221 - Introduction to Discrete Structures
MATH 251 - Introduction to Discrete Structures

As a means of satisfying all of the requirements outlined above for an Associate of Science Degree, the student pursuing a Mathematics and Statistics Emphasis must complete the following courses.

Complete All of the following:
COSC 111 - Computer Programming I
DSCI 228 - Introduction to Applied Data Analytics
MATH 122 - Calculus II
MATH 201 - Mathematical Structures and Proofs
MATH 212 - Calculus III
MATH 221 - Linear Algebra I
STAT 203 - Introduction to Probability
STAT 205 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
In place of STAT 203 and STAT 205, a student may complete STAT 230. ɫɫɫƬ planning to transfer after second year, should consult the calendar of the university they plan to transfer to for second-year course requirements in Statistics.
Complete at least 1 of the following:
COSC 221 - Introduction to Discrete Structures
MATH 222 - Calculus IV
MATH 223 - Linear Algebra II
MATH 225 - Differential Equations
MATH 251 - Introduction to Discrete Structures
MATH 258 - Numerical Methods
STAT 310 - Regression Analysis
STAT 311 - Modern Statistical Methods

This university transfer program enables students to enter directly into year two or three of the Honours Bachelor of Science program in Oenology and Viticulture at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. This undergraduate degree program in oenology and viticulture is the only one of its kind in Canada. The program provides students with a comprehensive scientific education and practical skills related to oenology and viticulture, as well as exposure to marketing and tourism. Graduates may choose to work in a vineyard or winery, pursue graduate studies, become researchers or owners and operators of a vineyard or winery.


The Oenology and Viticulture program considers industry experience to be an essential part of the students' preparation. In order to gain that experience, all students must complete three co-op work terms. Each student is required to do one work-term.


These work terms will be paid positions within the grape and wine industry. Most work terms are within Canada, however, suitable international work terms may be used to meet the program requirements. In addition to the current fees for courses and materials, co-op students are assessed administration fees. For more information on co-op education programs at Brock, please contact Brock University Co-op Programs Office at: .


ɫɫɫƬ who have satisfactorily completed all or most of the courses listed below will be admitted directly to the Brock University Oenology and Viticulture BSc program. ɫɫɫƬ in the Okanagan College transfer program must attain a minimum grade of 70% in all courses to be transferred.


ɫɫɫƬ who have completed the courses listed in years one and two apply directly to Brock University for admission as a transfer student. Contact Brock University for entrance requirements. Application to Okanagan College is not necessary.


Courses to be completed at Okanagan College are listed below. Note that Wine 21 and VIT 22 are offered at the Penticton campus. First-year science courses are offered at Okanagan College campuses in Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm. Some second-year science courses are offered at the Kelowna campus and some may be offered at the Vernon campus. BIOL 241 and BIOL 311 are not offered at Okanagan College.


The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University also offers a Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology. This certificate program is intended for those students with a science degree or appropriate grape and wine industry experience who want to improve their academic background in this field. Contact Brock University for more information.


Brock University
Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1
Telephone: 905-688-5550, ext. 4652
E-mail: CCOVI@brocku.ca
Web:

  • Apply for admission to the Associate of Science Degree Program.

  • Apply for admission to the Wine 21 and VIT 22 courses through Continuing Studies. Wine 21 is usually available via Distance Education and at the Penticton campus. VIT 22 is usually only available at the Penticton campus in the winter term.

Year 1

WINE 21 - Introduction to Grapes and Wines & Other Fermented Beverages
BIOL 111 - Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 121 - Biology for Science Majors II
Select either of:
CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 112 - Introductory Chemistry I
And complete all of:
CHEM 121 - Principles of Chemistry II
MATH 112 - Calculus I
STAT 121 - Elementary Statistics
And one of:
PHYS 112 - Introductory Physics I
COSC 122 - Computer Fluency

Year 2

Complete All of the following:
BIOL 211 - Cell Biology
BIOL 228 - Introductory Microbiology
BIOL 220 - Introductory Biochemistry
CHEM 226 - Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 212 - Organic Chemistry I
Plus a maximum of 2.5 Brock credits of the following:
BIOL 251 - Vascular Plants
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II
BIOL 224 - Principles of Genetics
* Two(2) courses in the Humanities or Social Sciences eligible for Brock University credit (Brock: Humanities of Social Science Context Requirement) ** Any course(s) transferable for Brock University credit(s) (Brock: unspecified elective) * Consult the Brock OEVI program advisor for eligible Social Sciences or Humanities courses. The equivalent of 1.0 Brock credits of Humanities courses and 1.0 Brock credits of Social Sciences courses must be taken either at Okanagan College or Brock University to fulfill Brock Program requirements. ** Consult the Brock OEVI program advisor for eligible Unspecified Elective courses
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