Second Year Specialization Application: Requirements

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The 2018 UBC Science Second-Year Application is now closed.
You must have completed all departmental and faculty requirements listed below by the end of the current Winter Session for any specialization to which you apply.

In addition to the first-year courses required for admission (expand the sections below) specializations may require second-year courses that have additional first year prerequisites. Prerequisites are part of the description of each course, which you can find in the Course Schedule and also in the Calendar. Courses that make up each of the program specializations are listed in the Calendar.

Detailed Specialization Admission Requirements

Major (0030) Astronomy (ASTR)
SCIE 001
OR
MATH 101 or equivalent
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Major(0167): Atmospheric Science (ATSC)
SCIE 001
OR
MATH 101 or equivalent
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119)
Major (3502): Behavioural Neuroscience (PSYC)
SCIE 001 and BIOL 140
OR
(One of CHEM 111, 121 and one of CHEM 113, 123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 121, 140 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Major (0244): Biochemistry (BIOC)
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 121 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
AND MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
Major (3095): Biology (BIOL)
SCIE 001 and BIOL 140
OR
(One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND (BIOL 140 and one of BIOL 112 or 121) or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Major (0409): Chemistry (CHEM)
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111, 121 and one of CHEM 113, 123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
Major Cognitive Systems (1225): Cognition and Brain
No specific prerequisites required
Major Cognitive Systems (1226): Computational Intelligence and Design
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110 or SCIE 001
Major (0376): Computer Science (CPSC)
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110 or SCIE 001
Major (1223): Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOSC)
Select two of:
- MATH 101 or equivalent
- CHEM 121 or CHEM 111
- PHYS 117 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 107
Major (1263): Environmental Sciences (ENSC)
No specific prerequisites required
Major (3428) Geographical Sciences (GEOB)
SCIE 001
OR
BIOL 121 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
OR GEOB 102 and PHYS 117 (or 101 or 107)
OR GEOB 103
Major (3193): Geology
Select two of:
- MATH 101 or equivalent
- CHEM 121 or CHEM 111
- PHYS 117 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 107
Major (0001): Geophysics
MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108, 118 and one of PHYS 109, 119)
Major (1682): Integrated Sciences (INSC)
No specific prerequisites
Major (0456): Mathematics (MATH)
SCIE 001
OR
MATH 101 (or equivalent)
Major (0185): Mathematical Sciences (MASC)
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND MATH 101 (or equivalent)
Major (1153): Microbiology and Immunology
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111, 121 and one of CHEM 113, 123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Major (0311): Pharmacology (PCTH)
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111, 121 and one of CHEM 113, 123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Major (0524) Physics (PHYS)
SCIE 001
OR
MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 (or one of PHYS 108, 118 and one of PHYS 109, 119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Major (0562): Statistics (STAT)
Science One or MATH 101 (or equivalent).
Combined Major (3382): Biochemistry and Chemistry
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or BIOL 121 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
AND MATH 101 or 103 or 105 or 121
Combined Major (3340): Chemical Biology (CHEM, BIOL)
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111, 121 and one of CHEM 113, 123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or BIOL 121 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
AND MATH 100 or 102 or 104 or 110 or 120 or 180 or 184
Combined Major (3096): Combined Major in Science (CMSC)
No specific prerequisites.
Combined Major (1370): Computer Science and Biology
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND (BIOL 112 or 121) or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Combined Major (3401): Computer Science and Chemistry
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND MATH 101 or 103 or 105 or 121
Combined Major (1429): Computer Science and Mathematics
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND MATH 101 (or equivalent)
Combined Major (1371): Computer Science and Microbiology and Immunology
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Combined Major (1391): Computer Science and Physics
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Combined Major (1375): Computer Science and Statistics
SCIE 001
OR
CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
AND MATH 101 (or equivalent)
Combined Major (3144): Microbiology and Oceanography
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Combined Major (3125): Oceanography and Biology
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 121 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Combined Major (3383): Oceanography and Chemistry
SCIE 001
OR
(One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND MATH 101 or 103 or 105 or 121
Combined Major (3126): Oceanography and Physics
SCIE 001
OR
MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Honours (1093): Biophysics (BIOP)
Science honours requirements and at least 68% in all MATH 1** and PHYS 1** courses
AND
SCIE 001 and BIOL 140 OR (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND BIOL 112 and BIOL 140 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Honours (1136): Biotechnology
Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 70% and 3 cr ENGL 1** and another 3 cr of ENGL 1** or SCIE 113.
AND
SCIE 001 OR 6cr from BIOL 111, 112, 121
AND (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND 3 or more credits of MATH 100 or 102 or 104 or 120 or 110
AND Physics 12 or PHYS 100
Honours (3221): Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS)
Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 75%
AND
SCIE 001 OR (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Honours (0166): Mathematics (MATH)
Science honours requirements: Honours degree candidates are expected to maintain an overall 68% average, complete all courses attempted, and complete at least 30 credits in every winter session.
AND
SCIE 001 OR MATH 121 or MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105
To be admitted into an honours mathematics specialization, a student must obtain at least 68% in MATH 121 or average at least 80% in 6 credits of 100-level MATH courses.
Honours (0577): Fisheries Oceanography
Science honours requirements
AND
SCIE 001 OR (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND BIOL 112 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Honours (0344): Physics (PHYS)
Science honours requirements and at least 68% in all MATH 1** and PHYS 1** courses
AND
SCIE 001 OR MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Combined Honours (0206): Chemistry and Mathematics (CHEM, MATH)
Science honours requirements
AND
SCIE 001 OR (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND MATH 101 or 103 or 105 or 121
Combined Honours (3508): Biochemistry and Forensic Science
Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 70% and 3 cr ENGL 1** or SCIE 113
AND
SCIE 001 OR BIOL 121
AND CHEM 121 (or CHEM 111) and CHEM 123 or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND 3 or more credits of MATH 100 or 102 or 104 or 110 or 120 or 180 or 184
AND 3 or more credits of MATH 101 or 103 or 105 or 121
Combined Honours (0009): Physics and Astronomy (PHYS, ASTR)
Science honours requirements and at least 68% in all MATH 1** and PHYS 1** courses
AND
SCIE 001 OR MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Combined Honours (0517): Chemical Physics (CHEM, PHYS)
Science honours requirements and at least 68% in all MATH 1** and PHYS 1** courses
AND
SCIE 001 OR (One of CHEM 111,121 and one of CHEM 113,123) or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
AND MATH 101 or 103 or 105 or 121
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153
Combined Honours (0014): Physics and Mathematics (PHYS,MATH)
Science honours requirements and at least 68% in all MATH 1** and PHYS 1** courses
AND
SCIE 001 OR MATH 101 (or equivalent)
AND PHYS 102 or (one of PHYS 108,118 and one of PHYS 109,119) or PHYS 158,159 or PHYS 153

FAQ on Specialization Requirements

Q. I didn't complete all the first-year prerequisites for my desired specialization in Winter Session but am taking the remainder in Summer Session. Can I be considered?

A. Generally, no. You must have been granted credit for all first-year prerequisites before this application closes. If you wish to be considered again after second year, take all the required courses before the end of the next Winter Session.

Q. What first-year courses must be completed in order to be considered for a second-year specialization?

A. See Detailed Specialization Requirements. Generally, you must have completed first-year prerequisites for second-year courses and met all departmental and faculty requirements for any specialization to which you apply. The prerequisites for BIOL 200, BIOL 204, BIOL 205, BIOL 209, BIOL 210, CHEM 233, CHEM 203, MATH 200, and similar courses in other disciplines are listed in the on-line Course Schedule.

Q. Is there any flexibility in the first-year courses that must be completed in order to be considered for a second-year specialization?

A. The minimum requirements listed above are not flexible.

Q. What if I Haven't Completed the Prerequisites?

A. You may be taking one or more of the prerequisite courses in Summer Session but the admission decision is based almost entirely on prerequisites completed before Summer. The only exception is credit granted for a summer course before the end of the application period, but we can't guarantee that summer grades will be taken into account. Since most of the specializations don't admit a full quota in second year there may be room to move to a different specialization after second year.

If your registration date is early enough you should be able to get space in the required courses to enable you to enter a different specialization in third year. However, you need to enter a specialization before you can register for courses as a second-year BSc student. Specializations that may still be available after the application closes include Earth and Ocean Sciences, Astronomy, Geographical Biogeosciences, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics. Always consider the new Combined Major in Science--it will give you a strong foundation for a career in many scientific fields.