Associate Degree in Arts - General Studies
Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts Degree is a provincial credential designed to prepare students for careers following graduation or for transfer into a Bachelor’s Degree program. The Associate Degree curriculum comprises two years of university level study in a variety of academic areas. Students complete a broad range of courses, balanced with in-depth study in specific disciplines. They can earn the first two years of a four-year Bachelor Degree and then transfer1 directly into the third year of a degree program at BC universities.
An Associate of Arts Degree is a key pathway to Social Services and Humanities Degrees such as English, History, Psychology and Anthropology. It is also a recognized and credible academic achievement that can be used to increase employability.
Obtaining an Associate Degree from Coast Mountain College 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 CMTN 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 http://www.bctransferguide.ca.
Core course guarantee
Coast Mountain 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. Coast Mountain College 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 on both the Prince Rupert and Terrace campuses, and those required to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in three years on the Smithers campus (this can be shortened if combined with online courses).
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Dates and locations
|September and January||Terrace Campus and Prince Rupert Campus|
To obtain an Associate of Arts 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 Arts at the second-year level taken in two or more subject areas.
|6 Credits of First Year English||6|
|9 Credits in Science which shall include at least:||9|
3 Credits of Math or Computing Science or Statistics 1
3 Credits in a Lab Science
|36 Credits in Arts which shall include:||36|
6 Credits of Social Sciences (CRIM, SOCI, PSYC)
6 Credits in Humanities (including the creative and performing arts) other than English (HIST, ANTH, and any other language courses)
24 Additional Credits in Arts (includes all social sciences in humanities)
|9 Credits in Arts, Science, or other areas||9|
Statistics courses taught in subject areas such as Business, Commerce, Economics, Psychology, etc. may also be used to meet this requirement.
- Apply direct to the University Credit Program
- Submit proof of English Studies 12 or First People's English 12 or equivalent
- Once admitted, register in the courses required for General Studies
English proficiency is required for all students entering CMTN 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.
|Full-time:||30 credits||30 credits|
|Lab Fees (15.54 per credit)1:||$47.55||$47.55|
|Student union fees2:||$83.48||$83.48|
|Books & supplies2:||$2000.00||$2000.00|
|Field School Fees3:||$900.00||$900.00|
|Total Program Cost:||$6,098.83||$15,694.26|
Tuition and fees effective August 1, 2019 for the 2019/20 Academic Year.
1Lab fees are mandatory. All associate degrees require a minimum 3 credits in a laboratory science, and students may take up to 42 lab credits.
2Costs are approximate and may vary depending on courses taken. Student union fees are term based.
3Field schools have additional costs between $100 - $900 per field school, depending on the location and the activities. Field schools are not a mandatory component of all associate degrees, however students are strongly encouraged to attend a field school during the spring/summer semester. Associate Degrees specializing in Environmental Geoscience are encouraged to attend a minimum of two field schools. Field schools are subject to different deposit requirements and refund rules.
4Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.