Faculty Requirements


All Bachelor of Science students must fulfill Faculty requirements to graduate.

Communication Requirement

  • 6 credits of communication coursework must be completed before promotion to Year 4
  • View eligible courses in the UBC Academic Calendar

Learn more about your eligibility to take English courses.

Science and Arts Requirement

At least 72 credits must be in Science courses. 12 credits of Arts courses are required, separate from any English courses taken for the Communication Requirement. Students can take courses in the humanities, social sciences, and languages to fulfill the Science and Arts Requirement.

Science Breadth Requirement

Students in a major or honours specialization must successfully complete at least 3 credits from any 6 of the 7 categories. Students in a combined major or combined honours specialization must successfully complete at least 3 credits from any 5 of the 7 categories.

Find detailed info on the Science Breadth Requirement.

Lower Level Requirements

Students must complete the Foundational and Laboratory Science Requirements.

First year students can review the course planning guide to determine which courses to take based on their high school record.

Third and Fourth Year: Upper-level Requirements

At least 48 credits must be in upper-level courses (300- and/or 400-level). At least 30 of those must be Science courses, but your program may require more than 30. The remaining credits can be electives in any field or faculty. Learn more.

Free Electives

A major in Science may include up to 24 credits from another faculty other than Science or Arts (e.g., Land & Food Systems, Commerce, Forestry). They may also be chosen from Science or Arts. These credits may also count toward the minimum 48 upper-level credits for the degree. The Honours degree and other options have slightly different requirements - check with your Program Advisor.

Musqueam First Nation land acknowledegement

UBC Science acknowledges that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

Learn more: Musqueam First Nation

Faculty of Science

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