Second Year Specialization Application: Requirements

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The 2020 UBC Science Second-Year Application will open at 9AM on June 12, 2020 and close at 11PM on June 22.
You must complete 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, 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. Courses that make up each program specialization are listed in the Calendar.

Can I complete the requirements for my chosen specializations over the summer?

No. The listed specialization application requirements must be completed before you apply.

What’s the difference between the course requirements listed in the Calendar and the application requirements below?

The courses listed in the Calendar are required to graduate with that program specialization. They include a suggested set of courses that you can take in first year, but are not required to be taken in first year—you may choose to take them in second year, for example. The shorter list of requirements in the UBC Science Second Year Application is what you need to have completed before you apply to a specialization.

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**

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**
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 131 or PHYS 106 or 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 131 or PHYS 106 or 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 131 or PHYS 106 or 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)
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.
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**


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**
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

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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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


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 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 (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