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Deadlines for Minor Applications

  • The application periods for minors in Science, Arts (18 and 30 credit), & Land and Food Systems are from April 1 – May 15 & August 1 - September 30.
  • Applications for Minors in Kinesiology and Commerce are open from April 1 – May 15 only.

What is a minor?

A minor involves taking courses in Science but outside the main area of specialization, or in another faculty (Arts, Land and Food Systems, Commerce, or Kinesiology). It allows students to focus their electives in a single subject or field of specialization. Apply directly to Science Advising via the links below.

Course Change Form for Minors in Science and 30 Cr Minor in Arts

If you make any changes to your list of previously approved courses for your minor, you must submit a Course Change Form for approval to still qualify for the minor. Important: 18 credit Minor in Arts and minors in Land and Food Systems do not need to submit a course change form, however you must ensure that any course changes you make still meet the minor requirements per the Academic Calendar. 

» Course Change Form for Approved Minor

Science Minor: Minor in another Science specialization

Students in a major or honours specialization can pursue a minor in Science. Only courses recognized for credit in the Faculty of Science and acceptable for a science major in the proposed subject area can apply towards the minor. All Science minors must be approved by your program specialization (major) and minor advisors before submitting an application to Science Advising.

Application Periods: April 1 to May 15 & August 1 to September 30


Arts Minor

Students should design a course of studies for their proposed Arts Minor, which must be approved by Science Advising at the beginning of Year 3.

18-credit Minor in Arts
Students must submit an application to Science Advising for review.

30-credit Minor in Arts
Students need approval from the appropriate department/program advisor in Arts (not the Arts Academic Advising Office) before submitting the application to Science Advising for review.

Application Periods: April 1 to May 15 & August 1 to September 30


Commerce Minor

Students apply for a Commerce Minor in Term 2 of their second year. You must be eligible for second or third-year standing in UBC Science the next September and have achieved an average of at least 60% in the current academic year. Some COMR courses are offered with 'flexible' online components and less frequent in-class sessions.

Application Period: April 1 to May 15


Kinesiology Minor

Students must have completed PHYS 100 or 101 and be eligible for third-year standing in the Faculty of Science with a cumulative average of at least 68% in the previous two years, and be eligible to enroll in either CAPS 301(6), or BIOL 363(3) and 364(2).

Application Period: April 1 to May 15


Land and Food Systems Minor

A minor in Land and Food Systems may be undertaken by students in a major, honours, General Science, or Integrated Sciences program. 

Land and Food Systems (LFS) minors are available for Science students in the following specializations: 

  • Applied Animal Biology
  • Applied Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Food and Resource Economics
  • Food Science
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Fermentation

Application Periods: April 1 to May 15 & August 1 to September 30