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What types of questions can I ask?
If you have a medical issue or personal problem that is affecting your academic life, come see us as soon as possible! Don't wait for exams. Our advisors can connect you with resources to help you cope with extenuating circumstances. We can also help you with general inquiries like applying for a minor, taking a term off, Faculty level requirements, taking summer courses, determining if you're eligible to graduate, and more.
What types of questions can't you answer?
As much as we want to help, we can't help you select a program specialization in second year, or with course selection once you're in a major. Picking a program is something you need to do on your own. Think about your interests and strengths. What career would you like to pursue? Are you passionate about one subject or a broad range of science disciplines? Remember that your time in university is not only about learning, but also self-discovery. So go to program information sessions (often put on by science clubs), workshops (such as Beyond First Year) and career expos. We're the office to go to if you have questions about Faculty requirements, but your program advisor is the expert on requirements specific to your degree.
What should I do before visiting Science Advising?
Look through the online UBC Academic Calendar (the official book of rules) and search the UBC Science Student website. We expect you to have completed a little bit of research before contacting our office--just like you wouldn't show up at your professor's office asking questions to which the answers can easily be found in your lecture notes or textbook! Resourcefulness is an important skill to develop and hone during your university years.
UBC Science Advising
A150 Chem/Physics Building
6221 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Hours: 9:30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and statutory holidays.