Entering your first year at UBC Science

Welcome to UBC Science! Let's dive in and start looking at your first year, whether its your first year of university or if you're transferring from another institution.

Things to Think About in Your First Year

Before School Starts

Looking forward to starting university and want to find ways to prepare? We have some helpful links to check out before school starts. You can also read more about studying, academic support, and learn more about getting connected through our blog. 

Your Orientation to UBC Science

Jumpstart is UBC’s immersive, multi-day orientation is designed to introduce you to the University, your faculty, and new friends. Can’t attend Jump Start? Don’t worry - your UBC orientation will begin with Imagine UBC. You’ll be paired with a Science Imagine Orientation Leader and connect with the Science community at UBC.

Have questions and don't know who to ask?

Your Orientation Leader is also your primary peer support person; they can support you to figure out where to find the (official) answers to your questions. They're also here to share their own experience and what has been helpful to them along the way. Science Advising is here to support undergraduate with course planning, degree progression, and other academic questions. Enrolment Services Advisors are your key contact for financial advising and support.

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  1. Second Undergraduate Degrees

     Students with a recognized undergraduate degree may be eligible to pursue a BSc as a second degree, or the Bachelor of Computer Science.Students with a recognized undergraduate degree may be eligible to pursue a BSc as a second degree, or the Bachelor of Computer Science. Students will not be… read more

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    Developing Your Career: It All Begins in Year One

    First year is where you get your first glimpse of the possibilities that a science degree can bring.Keep these 5 points in mind as you consider your specialization options:The specialization you pursue will have an impact on your professional and personal development. It will influence the… read more

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    First Year Required Courses & Specialization Admission Pre-requisites

    There is a difference between specialization admission pre-requisites and required first-year courses for a specialization.As a Science first year student, you'll be told to check out the UBC Calendar to see which courses you’ll be required to take to meet a specialization’s requirements, and… read more

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    Vantage Students Entering UBC Science

    Vantage students can use this handy guide to select courses for UBC Science.1. Review the courses that you successfully completed in your year at Vantage, as pre-requisites for second year.2. Look at your specialization* (“major”) on the UBC Calendar.Visit the UBC Calendar, scroll down, and find… read more

Latest events

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    First Year Course Registration Webinar

    Getting ready to choose your courses for first year? Learn more through this webinar.About the WebinarBuilding from the First Year Course Registration information online, learn how to choose and register for your first year Science courses.Join Science Academic Advisors for details on how to… read more

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    Start Off Strong

    Get ready for midterms and start your term off strong! Learn how to best prepare for midterms from UBC Science profs.In this session, join UBC Science profs and the Science Peer Academic Coaches to proactively prepare for your first midterms.Plan ahead to adjust to the differences from high… read more

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    Study Hall

    Just like in the movies - except with more (effective) studying. Looking for a study space and resources to maximize your potential with university-level academics? Science Study Halls are designed specifically for UBC Science students. Come for the dedicated study space, the study… read more

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    Science Case Competition

    Solve a real-world science case together with your friends and compete for prizes.Love competition? Want to practice your analytical, problem solving, and presentation skills? SCI Team is presenting the annual Science Case Competition where you can flex your Science muscles and synthesize your… read more

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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