Bachelor of Science: Post Diploma (4-Year)

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits.

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Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 15 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • demonstrate systematic and thorough knowledge of science history in general as well as in detail in specific areas of scientific endeavour.
  • draw accurate conclusions from engagement of scientific endeavour with logical application of scientific method.
  • achieve accurate insights through scientific inquiry in a dependable and consistent manner.
  • usually produce good results from independent lab, field and practice situations related to the discipline.
  • adeptly estimate and use measurement and calculation to reach useful conclusions.
  • project qualities of samples, specimens, environmental experiments and results accurately and in detail.
  • show advanced insight and clever selection of needed equipment.
  • accurately portray, explain and interpret data calculation and results of scientific processes related to the discipline.
  • consistently apply hunches and new insights to create new equipment, combine resources or find evidence supporting new conclusions.
  • provide needed resources, in useful and orderly ways, for scientific processes related to the discipline.
  • create engaging, lively accounts of scientific processes and/or findings.
  • demonstrate skilled, adept presentation of scientific ideas and practices in writing.
  • use advanced, broad skills in oral presentation of scientific information and conclusions.
  • wield computer software and allied equipment and supplies in a skilled fashion.
  • take part in scientific endeavour through literature searches, conference attendance or other intervention in the related scientific disciplines.

Possible Career Options

  • Lab Technologist
  • Computing Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Technical Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Scientific Writer
  • Supervisor or Middle Manager

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies in science, engineering, and other disciplines
  • medicine
  • specialized bachelor degree
  • education: bachelor/master
  • law

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.

Updated August 29 2016 by Web Strategy, Advancement