For many online Science courses in 2021 winter session, students are expected to complete major assessments (e.g. midterm, final exam/assignment) in-person. There may be circumstances under which a student is prevented from coming to campus to complete these assessments. In this case, you must apply for an alternate format exam. Students in the local Vancouver area will generally not be eligible for this academic concession for reasons related to distance to campus.
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If you're an international BSc or BCS student who has registered for courses in the 2021 Winter Session, you will receive a request on August 7 to complete a survey to help us plan for your return to Canada and to in-person studies. This survey has gone out to most undergraduate international students at UBC and you can see an example of the email below.
It is essential that you complete the survey so that we can get a sense of your plans for arrival/return and what challenges you’re anticipating that you may encounter.
UBC is currently planning a return to on-campus activity for 2021/22 Winter Session. Courses will be primarily delivered in-person, with the expectation that students will be on campus in September. A limited selection of courses are available with online delivery.
April 16, 2021
Dear UBC Science (BSc and BCS) students,
We know that you have questions about what to expect for your studies this fall and we are writing to share an update to help guide your plans.
During your degree, you might find that the specialization you are in is no longer the one that you want. There are a variety of reasons why you might explore switching your specialization – maybe you’ve changed your mind about the scientific discipline you want to study or you didn’t get into your first choice when you applied in second year. Whatever the reason, switching specializations takes some research and planning.
If you are trying to register in a course that you attempted in term 1 (and did not pass or have a W standing), you may not be able to register yourself into the same course in term 2. Here's what you need to do:
Instructors can seem pretty intimidating, and that might be why some students are hesitant about going to office hours.
All those acronyms behind their names and their seemingly effortless ability to recall a lifetime’s worth of knowledge might make you feel a little dizzy, especially at the thought of talking with them in a small group or one on one.
UBC Science alumni have gone on to build meaningful and fulfilling careers in sectors around the world. Our conversations with alumni have told us that your journey through Science and beyond isn’t a linear path but a complex navigation of right and left turns, and even some dead-ends, that will eventually lead you to where you're meant to be.
Our Science Alumni Spotlight Series will show you the breadth of career paths that UBC Science alumni have pursued, and offer a fresh perspective on new opportunities to discover.
As you know, we have all had to adapt to new teaching and learning practices in the face of a global health pandemic. We recognize that this has created significant challenges, both for students and instructors, as we navigate uncharted terrain and explore new approaches to remain digitally connected. Over the past few months, instructors at UBC Science have put enormous effort into developing virtual resources so that we can continue providing you with a world-class science education. We remain firmly committed to this educational mission.
Honours candidates who register for courses in both terms for the Winter Session are required to complete at least 30 academic credits. For the 2020 Winter Session (only), some students pursuing an Honours specialization may find it helpful to undertake 27 credits of coursework rather than the usual required Honours course load while adjusting to online learning. All other Honours requirements remain unchanged per the information in the Academic Calendar.