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Bachelor of Arts, University Transfer

*Please note that sequencing is designed for transfer to the University of Alberta unless otherwise noted.

Arts students at GPRC choose from a wide selection of majors, and study with highly qualified faculty.  The small class environment is an excellent foundation for a choice of transfer options to a four-year institution, such as the University of Alberta.

Many students, with one to two years of course work in University Transfer, Arts at GPRC have successfully transferred to universities both within the province and in Canada.  Students wishing to begin their arts program at GPRC and then transfer to an institution other than the University of Alberta are encouraged to consult with a College advisor who can assist them with course selection and with the interpretation of university requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta is 120 credits of course work that includes basic requirements, and a major and a minor subject of concentration. 

The University of Alberta requires, as do most other degree-granting institutions, that students complete at least half (60) credits of degree requirements in courses offered through the University of Alberta, and that (normally) these will be the final (senior) courses in the program.  This is called the Residence Requirement.

Normally, no more than 48 credits at the junior level (courses usually transferring to the University of Alberta at the 100 level) may be taken for degree credit.  You will not be permitted to take junior courses in the fourth year (last 30 credits) of your program; and you will normally take junior level courses only in the first year of your program.

To complete this 120-credit degree in four years requires that you complete five courses per semester, over two semesters each year, or 30 credits per year for four years.  You may extend this program over a longer period of time or complete some course work during Spring and Summer Sessions at the University of Alberta and Grande Prairie Regional College.  The University of Alberta will accept your application as a transfer student upon completion of a minimum of 24 university transferable credits.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts programs requires an overall average of 60 percent in the following five Alberta Education courses:

  • English 30-1
  • Four subjects chosen from Biology 30, Chemistry 30, a Fine Arts (only one fine arts subject may be presented), Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2, Mathematics 31,  Physics 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1, 30-level language other than English.

Students pursuing a Psychology major must present a minimum of Mathematics 30-2 for admission.  If you are considering a major in either Economics or Mathematics, you must present Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 31.

If your plans are to transfer to an institution other than the University of Alberta, the admission criteria may vary.  Check with the Associate Registrar, Admissions or an advisor in Student Services.

Mature Student

If you are 21 years of age or older and do not have a high school diploma, you may still be eligible for admission as a Non-Matriculated Adult (NMA).  Admission to the University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts program requires an overall average of 60% on the following two courses or their equivalents:

  • English 30-1
  • One other 30-level subject from Group A, B, or C as per the Classification of Alberta Education Courses.

Regardless of admission requirements, you must still have the 30-level subjects specified as prerequisite to the courses that you are required or wish to take in your program.

Program Curriculum

The Basic Requirements are designed to give the foundations of a liberal arts education, and you are encouraged to complete the majority of the basic requirements for the degree in the first two years (60 credits) of your program. 

No one course may meet more than one of the basic requirements listed below:

  • Junior English (6 credits)
  • One Language other than English (6 credits)
  • Study of Science (6 credits)
  • Breadth and Diversity (18 credits), of which (6 credits) must be chosen from each Group

The following is a list of basic course requirements available at GPRC. For course descriptions and prerequisites, check the Course Descriptions section of this calendar.

Junior English (6 credits)

One Language Other than English (LOE) (6 credits)
Language courses may vary from year to year and not all language courses may be offered every year.

* FR0120 and FR0130 will transfer for 6 university credits only if credit has not been received for French 30 or equivalent. FR0120 and FR0130 transfer to University of Alberta as FREN100 (6) and may be used to fulfill this requirement if you do not have credit in French 30, or equivalent, and if these are part of 24 transferable credits.
** Transfer credit will be allowed only if you do not present a 30-level German high school course.
*** For transfer of NT1521 and NT1522 as a language, both courses must be taken, as it transfers as one 6 credit course to the U of A

Study of Science (6 credits - normally, junior level)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology chosen from PY1040, PY2750, or PY2810
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Breadth and Diversity Group One (6 credits)

  • Art, Art History  
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Writing, chosen from EN2950 or EN3950

Breadth and Diversity Group Two (6 credits)

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • Languages (modern)

Breadth and Diversity Group Three (6 credits)

  • Anthropology 
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (not PY1040, PY2750, PY2810)    
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies

Additional Information

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Majors and Minors
Areas of Concentration

You may complete one to two years of Arts, University Transfer in the specific areas of concentration. The maximum curriculum available at GPRC is articulated for each area.

Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta requires a minimum of 30 credits to a maximum of 42 credits at the senior level for the major and requires a minimum of 12 credits to a maximum of 42 credits at the senior level for the minor area of concentration. At least 15 senior credits of the major and at least 6 senior credits of the minor must be completed at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts.

Honours Bachelor of Arts programs are available at the University of Alberta and admission to these is usually at the second year level. If you are interested in this option, GPRC can offer one year (30 credits) toward the Honours B.A. for some majors. Consult an advisor for further details.

Contact Information

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Office: B301
Phone: 780-539-2995
Fax: 780-539-2732
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10726 - 106 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta
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