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Students with a recognized undergraduate degree may be eligible to pursue a Major BSc as a second degree, or the Bachelor of Computer Science.

The pursuit of an honours, General Science, or Integrated Sciences program as a second degree is normally not permitted. Various departments in UBC Science have special requirements (such as having your program approved in writing) and you are encouraged to consult with the appropriate advisors early in your program.


For a major second degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at UBC while enrolled in their second degree program and must satisfy all Faculty and program requirements. All upper-level Faculty and program requirements must be met through second degree credits only. Specific program requirements completed prior to commencement of the second degree may not be repeated, and must be replaced by additional courses in order to satisfy the 60-credit and upper-level requirements. The remaining degree requirements and course prerequisites can be satisfied by any combination of first and second degree credits. Students with limited background for their chosen program may find it necessary to complete more than 60 credits to fulfill all degree requirements. Students will not be permitted to undertake a second degree program that overlaps significantly with studies for a previously granted degree. Since no transfer credit appears on the transcript, students admitted to a second degree must consult with UBC Science and the appropriate department regarding specific second degree requirements prior to commencing their program. Any second-degree student who has not completed the English requirement upon admission must complete it within the first 30 credits completed at UBC.

Promotion Requirements

The standard promotion requirements apply only to students admitted from high school or on transfer from another post-secondary institution. Students admitted on the basis of prior study (i.e. completion of a first degree) are subject to special promotion requirements based on the year level to which they were admitted. For students admitted into first year, promotion to second year requires completion of at least 12 lower-level Science credits (either with UBC credits or from prior study). For students admitted into or promoted to second year, promotion to third year requires completion of any of the following that were not met with prior study: at least 3 credits of English requirements, the lower-level Science requirements, and a total of at least 30 Science credits. For students admitted into or promoted to third year, promotion to fourth year requires completion of at least 18 UBC credits including any remaining part of the English requirement and at least 9 credits of Science courses numbered 300 or above.

FAQ for Second Degree Students
This is to go over second degree requirements (i.e. must complete 60 UBC credits or half the degree, a minimum of 48 upper level credits, 6 credits of First Year English if not completed in your first degree, etc.) Also, you need to be aware that your second degree specialization cannot have significant overlap with your first degree. Please use the 2nd degree requirements checklist.
Try registering for courses through the SSC. Sometimes the SSC will allow you to register for courses and give you a warning to check your pre-requisites with the department. If you are unable to register for courses, you need to get approval from the department in which the course is offered.
Promotion from one year level to the next is based on what courses you have completed towards your chosen specialization, not just on the total number of credits completed. Many 2nd degree students start their BSc in Year 2. However, if you fulfill all the 2nd and 3rd year requirements in Year 2, you may be promoted directly to Year 4 in May of the following year. Check out UBC Science promotion requirements.
You can view the checklist of degree requirements and see what you have done already and what you need to do. If you have been admitted and have paid the registration deposit, you may fill in and submit a request form to the Science Student Information Centre and have your requirements checked.
Second degree students may request permission from the Associate Dean to count up to a maximum of 12 unclassified credits towards their second BSc degree.
You must take 6 credits of 1st year English in your second degree. In order to be eligible to register in them or in any courses, you need to have at least a 75% in senior level English from secondary school (in an English speaking school, in an English speaking country), or have obtained a level 5 on the essay section of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI).

Getting into a specialization can be done in 1 of 2 ways.

  1. Applying through the Common Application: this is for students going into 2nd year. (Students are given only a brief window of time, in the month of June, in which they can apply to these programs, so watch for e-mails pertaining to this.) They list their top 3 choices in order of preference. Then they are placed in programs based on their marks and pre-requisite courses completed. If a student does not meet the requirements for their first choice, they will be considered for their second choice, and so on.
  2. Applying directly to the department: this is for students going into 3rd year.

Please Note: There are a limited number of seats available in specializations for students who have completed Year 2. Those wishing to pursue a specialization after Year 2 are advised to take the courses required by the desired program.