Planning for September 2021

Students » Planning for September 2021

We know UBC Science students have questions about what to expect for your studies this fall and we want to keep you updated to help guide your plans.

As September approaches, we know UBC Science students have questions about what to expect for your studies, and we want to keep you updated to help guide your plans.

In early March, UBC announced that we are planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September. This decision was not made lightly, and the health and wellbeing of our UBC community remain our first priority and are a key focus for our current planning to increase activity on campus for fall. Over the past weeks, planning has accelerated, with a range of safety measures now in place at UBC, including:

  • The province announced a mask mandate that applies to all indoor public areas on post-secondary campuses including classrooms, labs, lobbies, hallways, stairwells and elevators—as well as public transit. 
  • BC announced that proof of vaccination is required for students in university housing, and for entry to restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues, including sports and clubs. 
  • A confidential program is being developed for faculty, students and staff to self-declare their vaccine status. Those who are not fully vaccinated or who decline to disclose their status will be required to undergo testing.
  • COVID-19 rapid testing is available for students, faculty and staff in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.

We’ve made significant progress in implementing measures that will help keep students, staff and faculty safe in the classroom, and other areas of campus. What does this mean for UBC Science?

  • We are primarily offering courses with in-person activities and limited courses are available fully online. To maintain a typical timeline for degree progression, students likely need to be on campus and taking in-person courses. 
  • UBC Science is planning to primarily offer courses with in-person activities. Courses offered fully online will be limited.
  • If you are unable to come to campus for reasons beyond your control, we’ll do our best to support your degree progress but there is no guarantee the courses you need will be available online.

Continue to visit to get the latest updates from the University, along with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Meanwhile, we are working across the campus to provide specific course information in advance of your registration date.

We recognize that this continues to be a challenging and uncertain time and your wellbeing may be impacted – you’re not alone and we encourage you to access the support resources available to you as a UBC student at

As a community we will need to continue to uphold our individual responsibility to work together to navigate our safe return to on-campus activity – from maintaining health and safety practices to exercising kindness and empathy for each other.

From our homes to yours, we look forward to seeing you on campus this fall, the team at UBC Science:

Dean Meigan Aronson
Associate Dean Students Ian Cavers
Associate Dean Academic Sara Harris
Science Advising and Student Engagement

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