Not all centres offer all courses listed in the calendar and courses may vary each semester. Contact your local Okanagan College campus for up-to-date course offerings.
Definitions for understanding course descriptions
Concurrent Registration: Compulsory registration for credit (audit registration is specifically precluded) in two or more courses at the same time even though one or more of the courses may have been previously successfully completed.
Corequisite: A course required to be taken at the same time as another course (audit registration is precluded) unless the course has been successfully completed before.
Prerequisite: A course that must be successfully completed before registration in a given course. Courses without a prerequisite statement indicate that no prerequisite is required for enrolment.
Second-year Standing: Second-year standing requires successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits at the 100 level or above.
Third-year Standing: Students will be granted third-year standing after completing 48 credits towards a diploma or degree program.
Prerequisite Waiver: Students who wish to have the course prerequisite waived, as indicated in this calendar, must receive permission from the department offering the course. A prerequisite waiver form must be signed by the department and forwarded to the Registrar's Office.
Credit: A credit is an assigned unit of value granted for successful completion of a course, which are used for diploma, and degree graduation requirements and/or transfer credit to another institution.
Elective: A course freely chosen from a restricted list of all Okanagan College courses, which is used to fulfill credit requirements in addition to the courses specified in the program outline.
First-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the admission requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more courses which are identified as constituting the first-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed fewer than 80% of the credits or hours toward the first-year requirements of that program.
Second-year Student (associate degree and diploma programs): A student who meets the entrance requirements for a specific program; has applied and been formally admitted to that program; is registered in one or more of the courses which are identified as constituting the first-year or second-year requirements of that particular program; and has completed 80% or more of the credits or hours towards the first-year requirements of that program.
Full Course Load: For degree programs (years one to four), 15 credits per semester. For diploma and vocational programs, all courses listed in the program outline in this calendar on a semester basis.
- Associate of Arts or Associate of Science: nine credits
- Adult Academic and Career Preparation: three or more courses or 15 hours of instruction per week.
- International Education: one ESL course
- Business Administration diploma program: four or more courses
- Business Administration certificate programs: four or more courses
- Civil Engineering Technology: five or more courses
- Computer Information Systems: four or more courses
- Electronic Engineering Technology: five or more courses
- Water Engineering Technology: five or more courses
This definition is for statistical and registration purposes only. Financial Aid recipients must comply with definitions required by Federal and Provincial guidelines.
Part-time Enrolment: Enrolment in any number of courses that is less than that indicated under the definition for Full-time Enrolment.
Registered Student: A registered student is one who has completed the admission and registration procedure and who has paid or made appropriate arrangements to pay the required fees.
Transfer Credit: Credit given by an institution for work successfully completed at a different institution.
University Transfer: Credit programs of study, generally arts and science courses, which are transferable toward degree programs at Okanagan College and other institutions.
Letter of Permission: A document issued by a dean which permits an Okanagan College student to take one or more courses at another institution to be used for credit toward an Okanagan College degree or diploma.
Transferability of Okanagan College courses: Students planning on transferring Okanagan College courses to another institution are encouraged to check the calendar of the institution to which they plan to transfer to determine the amount of transfer credit permitted in any chosen program.
Students should visit the online transfer guide at http://www.bctransferguide.ca/ for complete transfer information.
Sustainabilty and Courses at Okanagan CollegeSustainability “incorporates economic and social change to protect the natural systems of the planet, so that current and future generations may maintain or improve their quality of life.”
Sustainability definition, Okanagan College Strategic Plan 2010-2015
Sustainability-focused courses either concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
Sustainability-related courses incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.