General Studies

General Studies Students may choose courses from the following disciplines:

Adult Education
Art History
Bachelor of General Studies
Business Administration
Child & Youth Care
College and Career Prep
  (see individual subject areas)
Computer Information Systems
Computing Science
Criminology/Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Education and Career Planning
English as a Second Language
Family Childcare
Fashion Design
First Nations Studies

General Studies diploma
Indo-Canadian Studies
Kinesiology and Physical Education
Latin American Studies
Library and Information Technology
Mathematics and Statistics
Media and Communications
Political Science
Religious Studies
Social, Cultural, & Media Studies
Social Services / Social Work
Speech and Language

Teaching English as a Second Language
Women's Studies
Visual Arts





Note: Students may enrol in courses for which they meet the prerequisites. Some certificate, diploma and degree program courses may be more difficult to gain access to as seats are reserved for students admitted to the program. General Studies students may be able to enroll in these courses if there are vacancies in courses after program students have registered. Refer to the course descriptions for prerequisite information.

Many non-credit courses are available through the Continuing Studies division. Refer to the course offerings at

General Studies allows you to:

• take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for a program
• take courses to fulfill the first- or second-year requirements for professional programs
• explore various disciplines before choosing a program
• enrol in courses or a UCFV program, or for transfer to another institution
• take upgrading and some program courses at the same time
• take courses for interest
• take some of the courses from your preferred program if you have not yet been accepted to the program
• take a few courses to get started if you are not ready to take a program full-time
• choose from College and Career Prep, English as a Second Language, and post-secondary courses.

The General Studies category is designed for students who are not ready to apply to a specific area, are exploring various options, are combining coursework to keep their options open, or who find that a program doesn’t exist which accommodates all their needs. Credits completed while in the General Studies category may be applied to program areas at a later date, assuming the coursework was appropriate. The General Studies category can be as simple or as complicated as the intended goals.

General Arts and General Science are subcategories of General Studies. See this page for details of General Arts and General Science.

Student Services educational advisors can assist you in developing an individual educational plan. Advisors encourage all new students to attend a free “Introduction to UCFV” workshop. “Intro” schedules are published for each campus.
To register for the workshop please call Student Services at 604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack), or 604-826-6000 (Mission).

If you need more individualized assistance after attending the “Intro” session, please contact the above numbers to book a confidential 45-minute appointment with a Student Services educational advisor. These appointments can help you refine your goals and objectives, understand available choices, and select courses which
will apply to your intended program or programs.

For further assistance, please contact Student Services:

Abbotsford 604-854-4528
Chilliwack 604-795-2808

General Arts

General Arts is a category of General Studies, and is designed for students entering UCFV who wish to study humanities or social sciences. After completing nine university-level credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 based on all university-level credits attempted, General Arts students can apply for admission to the Associate of Arts degree.

General Science

General Science is a category of General Studies, and is designed for students entering UCFV who wish to study science. After one year of studies (28 credits), General Science students can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science program (see BSc Entrance Requirements).

Entrance requirements for all General Studies categories

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.

Note: You must meet the prerequisites for your course(s). Please read the course descriptions to determine which prerequisite courses are needed. If a placement test is required, please make arrangements early in the year to write it.

How to apply to any of the General Studies categories

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at, or see the Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Proof of graduation (an official high school transcript) if you are under 19 and no longer in school.
• A transcript is recommended for students over 19, in order to meet course prerequisites.
•  No documents need to be submitted by students currently in Grade 12, until final grades are available at the beginning of August.

You must show that you meet the prerequisites for each course. All prerequisites must be met when you register, except students currently in Grade 12 will have until the beginning of August to meet high  school prerequisites.

If a UCFV Placement Test or College & Career Prep assessment (CCP) score is required, please make arrangements to write it early in the year.

2.  Upon admission to UCFV, you will be provided with registration information.

You should contact a Student Services educational advisor if you require assistance in choosing your courses and planning your timetable.

3.  For students under 19 years of age, admission is conditional upon B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of graduation is due at the end of the first week in August for the Fall semester. B.C. Grade 12 students can arrange at their schools to have transcripts sent directly to UCFV.

It is essential that you provide your Provincial Education Number (PEN) on the application form.

Admission with registration priority
(Applicable to General Studies, General Arts, and General Science)

Applications for admission with registration priority are accepted for Fall semester only from Feb. 1–30. See Registration Priority for information.

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent

For information about equivalents to B.C. Grade 12 graduation, please refer to the Equivalents to BC Graduation section in this calendar.

Course selection and transferability

You may register for any course for which you meet the course prerequisites. Prerequisites are listed for each course in the Course Description section of this calendar. Be sure to consult an educational advisor in Student Services if you are planning to transfer courses to another university, or check transfer information in the online B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide at We also suggest you pick up your free copy of the Transfer Tips handbook available from Student Services or online through Some courses carry transfer credit only to certain universities, and careful planning is important. Courses numbered 300 and 400 will be considered for transfer on a course-by-course basis by the university to which you are transferring.

For further information on transferring credit, please see Transfer to other Institutions.

Continuance in General Studies categories

Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA will result in loss of registration priority for subsequent courses.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course.


First-year courses can be completed at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus. Currently, all courses beyond first-year are only offered at the Abbotsford campus.

Visiting students

Students from other institutions may wish to take courses in the UCFV program in order to complete their studies at their institution. This requires a Letter of Permission from their institution as well as an application to UCFV as a visiting student. Students should consult the Registrar’s office at their institution. Visiting students may not receive the same priority in registration as UCFV students.

General Studies diploma

Current requirements

Students in most of UCFV’s programs are eligible to complete the General Studies diploma. Students do not need to apply to this diploma program, rather can graduate from it as soon as all program requirements have been met.

The requirements for the diploma were changed in 2006. Students may graduate under the old requirements if they qualify before 1 September, 2007 and were admitted to a program before 1 September, 2006. Students admitted since 1 September, 2006 must meet the new requirements.

You may request a General Studies diploma upon completion of the following requirements:

• A minimum of sixty (60) UCFV credits in courses numbered at the 100-level or higher
• A minimum of eighteen (18) credits in courses numbered at the 200-level or higher
• No more than 45 credits from any one department
• At least three credits of any ENGL course numbered at the 100-level or higher or any CMNS course numbered 115 or higher
• At least three credits in one of the following courses which foster skills in “information management:
    •  LIBT 145, LIBT 280, MACS 130, MACS 240, MATH 104, MATH 106, MATH 108, MATH 214, CMNS 251, SCMS 255, CRIM 220, PSYC 110, CIS 230, COMP 251
• At least 15 credits (25% of the total) must be completed at UCFV
Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on all courses that count toward the diploma.

Students must submit a Request for Graduation form, and the graduation fee to the Admissions and Records office by April 1.

Changing programs

When you are ready to apply to a different program, see an educational advisor in Student Services for assistance and planning. You may need help with your transition, application, and course selection.

Contact Student Services in Abbotsford at 604-854-4528 or Chilliwack at 604-795-2808.

Bachelor of General Studies

Please refer to BGS section for information on this program.

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