Post-Secondary Course Equivalencies

In place of the high school entrance requirement, BCIT may accept 3.0 credits of post-secondary education from a recognized institute in the same subject area.

The 3.0 credits is based on a standard course that is part of a four year, 120 credit bachelor's degree. Credit calculations may vary by post-secondary institution. Generally, an acceptable course is three hours of lecture per week for one 12 – 15 week term (i.e. 36 – 45 hours of instruction).

Note: If you have completed an upgrading course at a post-secondary institution, contact Program Advising to determine if the course will be acceptable to meet your program's entrance requirements. You may be required to submit a detailed course outline. Upgrading courses are at the high-school level (i.e. equivalent to a Grade 11 or Grade 12 course), and are usually 0-level and 0.0 credits.

Course equivalencies

BCIT Requirement Post-Secondary Equivalency
English 12
Communications 12
English 11
3.0 credits of English, humanities or social sciences
  • Language of instruction must be English and the post-secondary institution must be in an English-speaking country
Math: Grade 10, 11 or 12 level
  • All programs
3.0 credits of linear algebra, pre-calculus or calculus
  • Statistics is not acceptable
Math: Grade 11 or 12 level
  • School of Business programs only
3.0 credits of business math and 3.0 credits of statistics
Biology 11 3.0 credits of biology
Biology 12 3.0 credits of human biology
Chemistry 11
Chemistry 12
3.0 credits of chemistry
Physics 11
Physics 12

3.0 credits of physics

Grade equivalencies

Percentage required by BCIT
(50% pass scale)
Acceptable percentage from post-secondary
(50% pass scale)
Acceptable course GPA from post-secondary
(if percentage is not available)
Acceptable letter grade from post-secondary
(if percentage and GPA are not available)
86% 86% 4.00 A
73% 73% 3.00 B
67% 67% 2.33 C+
60% 60% 2.00 C
50% 50% 1.00 C- (Pass)

English, Humanities and Social Sciences

Acceptable Humanities and Social Science subjects:
  • Anthropology
  • Canadian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Education
  • English Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Human Geography
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion Studies
  • Sociology
Subjects that are NOT acceptable:
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses
  • Languages other than English
  • Natural Sciences
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Geography
  • Technical Courses
  • Visual Arts
Note: Humanities and Social Science subjects not listed above (e.g. Art History, Economics) may be acceptable if the course has a substantial essay writing component. If this pertains to you, please submit a detailed course outline along with your application. BCIT Admissions will review the course outline to determine if it is acceptable to meet the English requirement.

Biology for equivalency to Biology 11

The biology course must include the following topics:
  • Process of Science
  • Taxonomy
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
    • Viruses
    • Kingdom Monera
  • Plant Biology
  • Animal Biology

To determine if your post-secondary biology course is acceptable, please submit a detailed course outline to Program Advising. BCIT will review the course outline to determine if it is eligible for equivalency to Biology 11.

Human Biology for equivalency to Biology 12

The human biology course must include the following topics:
  • Cytology
  • DNA structure and function
  • Structure and function of the following organ systems:
    • Digestive
    • Cardiovascular
    • Respiratory
    • Nervous
    • Renal/urinary
    • Reproductive

View list of post-secondary Biology 12 equivalent courses [PDF]

If your post-secondary human biology course is not articulated above, please submit a detailed course outline to Program Advising. BCIT will review the course outline to determine if it is eligible for equivalency to Biology 12.