Second Year Specialization Application: Requirements

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The 2020 UBC Science Second-Year Application will open Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9AM well before 2020 registration.
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 the following Mathematics AND Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Major (0167): Atmospheric Science (ATSC)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Mathematics AND Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Major (3502): Behavioural Neuroscience (PSYC)
  • SCIE 001 and BIOL 140
OR the following Chemistry AND Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 121 and BIOL 140
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Major (0244): Biochemistry (BIOC)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry, Biology AND Mathematics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 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
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Major (3095): Biology (BIOL)
  • SCIE 001 and BIOL 140
OR the following Chemistry AND Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 140 and one of BIOL 112 or BIOL 121
  • oror 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**

 

 

 

 
Major (0409): Chemistry (CHEM)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry AND Mathematics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Major Cognitive Systems (1225): Cognition and Brain
  • No specific prerequisites required
Major Cognitive Systems (1226): Computational Intelligence and Design
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming

 

 
Major (0376): Computer Science (CPSC)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
Major (1223): Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOSC)
A course each from TWO of the following three areas: Mathematics, Chemistry OR Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • CHEM 121 or CHEM 111 or 4 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • PHYS 117 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 107 or 3 transfer credits of PHYS 1**
Major (1263): Environmental Sciences (ENSC)
  • No specific prerequisites required
Major (3428) Geographical Sciences (GEOB)
SCIE 001
OR one of the following Biology OR Geographical Sciences OR Geographical Sciences + Physics
  • BIOL 121 or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
  • OR
  • GEOB 103 (or transfer equivalent)
  • OR
  • GEOB 102 (or transfer equivalent) AND one of PHYS 117 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 107 or 3 transfer credits of PHYS 1**
Major (3193): Geology
  • SCIE 001
A course each from TWO of the following three areas: Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • CHEM 121 or CHEM 111 or 4 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • PHYS 117 or PHYS 101 or PHYS 107 or 3 transfer credits of PHYS 1**
Major (0001): Geophysics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or PHYS 102
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Major (1682): Integrated Sciences (INSC)
  • No specific prerequisites
 
Major (0456): Mathematics (MATH)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Mathematics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Major (0185): Mathematical Sciences (MASC)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science and Mathematics
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Major (1153): Microbiology and Immunology
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry and Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**

 

 
Major (0311): Pharmacology (PCTH)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry and Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Major (0524) Physics (PHYS)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Mathematics and Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Major (0562): Statistics (STAT)
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Mathematics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Combined Major (3096): Combined Major in Science (CMSC)
No specific prerequisites.

 

 

 

 
Combined Major (3382): Biochemistry and Chemistry
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112 or BIOL 121
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)

 

 

 

 
Combined Major (3340): Chemical Biology (CHEM, BIOL)
SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112 or BIOL 121
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 100 or MATH 102 or MATH 104 or MATH 110 or MATH 120 or MATH 180 or MATH 184
  • or 3 transfer credits of MATH 1** (differential calculus)
Combined Major (3096): Combined Major in Science (CMSC)
No specific prerequisites.
 
Combined Major (1370): Computer Science and Biology
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112 or BIOL121
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Combined Major (3401): Computer Science and Chemistry
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Combined Major (1429): Computer Science and Mathematics
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science and Mathematics
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Combined Major (1371): Computer Science and Microbiology and Immunology
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 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 the following Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Combined Major (1375): Computer Science and Statistics
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Computer Science and Mathematics
  • CPSC 103 or CPSC 110
  • or 3 transfer credits of systematic computer programming
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Combined Major (3144): Microbiology and Oceanography
  • SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry and Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 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 the following Chemistry and Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112 or BIOL 121
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
Combined Major (3383): Oceanography and Chemistry
SCIE 001
OR the following Chemistry and Mathematics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
Combined Major (3126): Oceanography and Physics
SCIE 001
OR the following Mathematics and Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component

 

 

 

 
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
  • Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 70% and 3 cr ENGL 1** and another 3 cr of ENGL 1** or SCIE 113.
  • AND the following Biology + Chemistry + Mathematics + Physics
  • 6 credits from BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 121
  • or or transfer equivalents
  • AND
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 100 or MATH 102 or MATH 104 or MATH 110 or MATH 120
  • or 3 transfer credits of MATH 1** (differential calculus)
  • AND
  • Physics 12 or PHYS 100
  • or 3 transfer credits of PHYS 1**
Honours (3221): Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS)
  • Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 75%
  • AND
  • SCIE 001
OR
  • Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 75%
  • AND the following Chemistry + Biology
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112
  • or 8 transfer credits of 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
  • 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
  • MATH 121 or MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • 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 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • BIOL 112
  • or 8 transfer credits of BIOL 1**
Honours (0344): Physics (PHYS)
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND
  • SCIE 001
OR
  • 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 the following Mathematics + Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component

 

 

 

 
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
  • Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 70% and 3 cr ENGL 1** or SCIE 113
  • AND the following Biology + Chemistry + Mathematics
  • BIOL 121
  • or transfer equivalent
  • AND
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 100 or MATH 102 or MATH 104 or MATH 110 or MATH 120 or MATH 180 or MATH 184
  • or 3 transfer credits of MATH 1** (differential calculus)
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 3 transfer credits of MATH 1** (integral calculus)
Combined Honours (3676): Biophysics (BIOP)
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND
  • SCIE 001 and BIOL 140
OR
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND the following Chemistry + Mathematics + Biology + Physics:
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • BIOL 112 and BIOL 140
  • or 8 transfer credits BIOL 1**
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or 8 both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component

 

 
Combined Honours (0206): Chemistry and Mathematics (CHEM, MATH)
  • Science honours requirements
  • AND
  • SCIE 001
OR
  • Science honours requirements
  • AND the following Chemistry + Mathematics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)

 

 

 

 
Combined Honours (3508): Biochemistry and Forensic Science
Science honours requirements, sessional avg >= 70% and 3 cr of the Communication Requirement
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. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND
  • SCIE 001
OR
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND the following Chemistry + Mathematics + Physics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Combined Honours (0517): Chemical Physics (CHEM, PHYS)
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses ( except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND
  • SCIE 001
OR
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses ( except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND the following Chemistry + Mathematics + Physics
  • One of CHEM 111 or 121 AND one of CHEM 113 or 123
  • or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**
  • AND
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component
Combined Honours (0014): Physics and Math (PHYS, MATH)
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND
  • SCIE 001
OR
  • Science honours requirements. Minimum of 68% in all MATH 1** courses (except MATH 120 and 121, which require 60%). At least 68% in all PHYS 1** courses.
  • AND the following Mathematics + Physics
  • MATH 101 or MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 121
  • or 6 transfer credits of MATH 1** (3 credits of differential calculus and 3 credits of integral calculus)
  • AND
  • One of PHYS 108 or 118 AND one of PHYS 109 or 119
  • or both of PHYS 158, 159
  • or PHYS 102 or PHYS 153
  • or 6 transfer credits of PHYS 1** including a lab component

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.