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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.
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Academic Foundations

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Certificate in Academic Foundations Program enables students to explore the Arts and Sciences by enrolling in courses in a wide range of disciplines. The program allows flexibility for students to explore their interests and is designed to transfer maximum credits into degree programs at Douglas College or other institutions.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • A minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits


Select any university transferable** ENGL course (CMNS or CRWR can be used if the course transfers as an English course to one of UBC/UBCO, SFU, UNBC, or UVic.)



Select any university transferable** Mathematics, Statistics (MATH 1160, PSYC 2300, BUSN 2429, etc.), or Computing Science (CMPT/CSIS/CISY) course


Lab Science

Select any university transferable** lab science course. (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, GEOG, GEOL, SCIE)


Arts and Sciences Electives

Select a minimum of 12 university transferable** credits in the Arts and/or Sciences.



Select any university transferable** course.


Total Credits


** A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Prerequisites for some courses are:

  • BC Principles of Math 11 with a C (or equivalent), or Foundations of Math 11 with a C (or equivalent), are prerequisites for many Math and Statistics courses
  • Some lab courses have high school prerequisites such as Biology 12, Chemistry 11 or 12 and Physics 11 or 12

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration.

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

block transfer

This program provides block transfer to several Douglas College programs and:

Simon Fraser University
University of Northern BC
University of Victoria