Why First-Year Focus?


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First-Year Focus makes it easy to meet other first-year students and form connections. 

  • Take your core first-year classes with the same cohort of students – work in consistent, small teams
  • Attend regular events with fellow FYF students to make connecting with friends and peers easier
  • Like to study in a group? Enjoy your own, dedicated study space at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre for you to connect with other FYF students
  • Connect with designated mentors who are upper-year students in computational sciences to help you navigate your first year

"I met many people during FYF who I've managed to become good friends with and I am able to consult them should I need any help with anything in the classes that we have shared"

FYF "allows an easier transition to university and provides and opportunity to meet people with similar interests, taking the same courses"  

Reduced Commute

Save your commute on Tuesdays and Thursdays by doing your courses online. 

  • Cut down on your commute by having some of your courses online – the FYF online courses are all scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday so you can stay close to home on those days

"If I were trying to convince new students to apply to join the program, I'd really just mention the decreased commute time (and more sleep), eased transition from high-school, dedicated study space, and help with establishing connections with peers" 

"Online learning gave me the benefit of staying and home and not needing to do 2-hour transits everyday" 

Foundation in Computational Sciences 

Get introduced to the field of computational and data sciences which have become key to studying complex problems – climate change, food scarcity, pandemics – across every domain of science. 

  • Tackle the computational sciences and explore your career options in a supportive environment
  • Attend specialized workshops, guest lectures and activities designed to teach you computational thinking skills such as problem solving, communication, and critical thinking that are key skills that employers are looking for 
  • Outside the life sciences and medicine, a range of professions and industries feature opportunities for individuals with a background in computational thinking, including urban planning, finance, engineering, mineral exploration, business and marketing, and more

"I would recommend the program to future students because it helps you connect with like-minded students who are as passionate about computational sciences as you are" 

Who should apply?

First Year Focus is open and accessible to any first-year BSc student who has completed Calculus 12 (or equivalent). It's designed for learners who are passionate about applying computational knowhow to a range of problems across the sciences. Space is limited, and the application is designed to help identify students who will benefit most from—and contribute the most to—a supportive, cohort-based first-year experience at UBC Science.

UBC is committed to inclusion and Indigenization, and encourages applications from individuals who identify with diverse groups including Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ+, and first-generation learners.


Start by applying to UBC in the Faculty of Science! You will need to have applied to UBC to apply to join FYF.

Applications for FYF for Winter 2022 are open!

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Info Session 

Join us for an info session on May 19th at 6pm PDT to learn more about the program and ask any questions you may have! 

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If you have any questions about the program, email Beth Dennis, FYF Coordinator at FYF@science.ubc.ca.