Arts and Science Designation, BGS

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The BGS - Arts and Science Designation degree is one of the most popular programs at Athabasca University. It provides a framework of individualized study within an Arts and Science or Applied Studies designation that offers students the freedom to choose courses to meet career or educational goals.


The BGS - Arts and Science Designation degree course from Athabasca University requires the completion of 90 credits and is comparable to a three-year program. Students may specialize or diversify their course selection, subject to the following requirements. This degree allows students the freedom to develop their own intellectual and academic interests. This does not mean that course selection should be casual. Students are expected to ensure their vocational or personal needs are well defined.

All courses transferred to this degree must be university-level credit as determined by Athabasca University faculty. Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in their program. The English writing skills requirement is waived for students enrolling in the second undergraduate degree. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment. Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your prior learning and receive credit toward your program.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • show familiarity with disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge sufficient to wield it with confidence and discrimination.
  • show insight into relationships among applicable theories and concepts as well as their connection to disciplinary practices and/or other disciplines.
  • use the tools, mechanisms and processes of critical thinking consciously and systematically.
  • produce organized and sound written work related to the discipline.
  • demonstrate understanding of and use logical argument in a conscious, systematic and productive way.
  • accurately integrate data, research and insights from other disciplines.
  • develop a practical and theoretical grasp of a body of knowledge related to topics of interest.
  • relate practice and/or lessons from the program to goals of the degree.
  • conduct independent research with some complexity and depth.
Possible Career Options

Graduates of general studies are employed in practically all fields, including business, education, public administration, public relations, sales, and social service. A significant number of graduates continue in graduate programs in such diverse fields as business, education, law, ministry, and social work.

  • Researcher
  • work in advertising, marketing, the media and entertainment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 credit hours alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introductory Composition
  • Literature for Children
  • Introduction to Human Health
  • Nutrition for Health
  • Psychology as a Natural Science

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Becoming an Athabasca University student is easy – our open admission policy means if you’re 16 or older, you will be accepted as a student. Paying a one-time application fee lets you register for more than 750 courses, as long as you meet the prerequisites.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) to take Athabasca University courses. AU accepts the following as proof of English Language Proficiency.

  • Completion of high school in an English-speaking country.
  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Minimum score of 60% on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).
  • Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) test.
  • Minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
  • Minimum score of 213 on the computer- or paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • Minimum score of 80 with an essay score of 20 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).

You can apply to AU anytime. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Your program begins when you apply.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11430 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34290 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7940 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23820 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    6670 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20010 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Please note: These costs are estimated. AU can and may increase tuition fees annually. Also, the fees were determined by using 3-credit courses to find the program total. The program fee would be different if, for example, a 6-credit course is used in the program in place of two 3-credit courses


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