University Arts and Sciences - General Arts and Sciences Certificate

Program Description

The University Arts and Sciences (UNAS) program at Northern Lights College (NLC) serves individuals and communities by providing university-level learning opportunities that reflect the intellectual and creative modes of inquiry practiced in the arts and sciences.  A wide variety of first and second-year courses enable learners to pursue numerous credential and career options, and to engage in personal enrichment.

A University Arts and Sciences Certificate is awarded to students who complete 30 credits of UNAS courses. The certificate is intended to allow students to explore the Arts and Sciences, and to potentially prepare students for continued university-level studies leading to a Bachelor's Degree.

Career Prospects

By taking a planned combination of Northern Lights College courses, students may complete a full year of university-level courses and then transfer to a number of university degree programs.


Location: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and Tumbler Ridge campuses (NOTE: all courses are not available at each campus). Satellite campuses in Dease Lake and Atlin can also receive some courses by distance delivery.

Length: The UNAS Certificate involves 450 hours of class time and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Where learners are attending full time, the credential may be completed in 30 weeks.

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Requirements

A. Domestic Students: While there are no specific admission requirements for Domestic Students, it is suggested that they heed the standard UNAS English Requirement: Grade 12 English, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, English 050, or English 099 with a "B" grade or higher, or any university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher.

B. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following:

English Requirement: An IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0. Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete English 099 with a "B" grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program. The necessity for upgrading can extend the length of the program.

*Note that some University Arts and Sciences courses elective courses have specific pre-requisites. Meeting the entrance requirements for the University Arts and Sciences program does not ensure course pre-requisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans for Domestic Students. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the current Program Guide.

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Program Contact: Chair, University Arts and Sciences
(Cindy Broberg, Dawson Creek campus; Issoufou Soumaila, Fort St. John campus)


A minimum of 30 credits (normally 10 courses) of college-level, arts and science courses.

Note: A minimum of 50% of the course work applicable to subsequent credentials must be from courses that were not used to satisfy the requirements for the initial credential.