Second, Third, and Fourth Years

In the years between getting accepted into your specialization and your graduating year, you will have the opportunity to develop your career, excel in your studies as you accelerate towards graduation. 

By this point, the majority of students in UBC Science will be settled in their program specialization. The start of third year is a good time to review Faculty and program specialization requirements (refer to your program specialization in the UBC Academic Calendar). Both sets of requirements must be fulfilled before you graduate with a BSc.

  • Term 1: Apply for a minor (Arts, Land and Food Systems) if interested
  • Many departments formally 'accept' students into their program specializations based on second-year grades
    • If you haven't been able to gain admittance to the program specialization of your choice, consult the program specialization advisors for other specializations you may be interested in
  • Pharmacology and biochemistry students: Apply for Science Co-op if interested
  • Make a checklist of all the requirements for your program specialization
    • Plan out your third and fourth years and be sure that you've got your list covered
    • Science Breadth Requirement is met by taking courses in the 7 categories
  • See a program specialization advisor to go over your specialization

Careers and beyond

  • Figure out how to tell your story to employers, from your degree experience to your skill sets
  • Browse on-campus student jobs to gain work experience
  • Students considering graduate studies should get to know professors and gain research experience in labs. You'll need solid academic references by first term of fourth year
  • Read advice on planning your third year and beyond

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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

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