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The ultimate guide to these requirements is the UBC Academic Calendar, but we hope this section of the website helps you advance smoothly.

Basic Credit Requirements

To graduate with a BSc you must meet all Faculty requirements, continuation,  communication, and promotion requirements. On top of that, your specialization will have specific requirements too.


Number of Credits

Total Credit Requirements

120 credits

Science requirement

Minimum 72 credits fulfilled in the Faculty of Science

Upper-level requirement

Minimum 48 credits in upper-level courses numbered 300 and above (including minimum 30 upper level credits in Science courses)

Lower-level requirement

Various 100-level courses within specific fields of study

Arts requirement

Minimum 12 credits in the Faculty of Arts, not including any English courses used to fulfill the Communication requirement

Breadth requirement

Minimum 9 credits in an area outside the specialization (either in another Science discipline or in Arts beyond the 12 credits for the Arts requirement). These credits cannot also be applied to the Arts and Communication requirement

Communication requirement

Minimum 6 credits of communication coursework must be completed before promotion to Year 4

Minors, Second Majors and Honours

Different requirements apply for students adding a minor or a second major in Science to their program or for students in an Honours program. For example, honours students must obtain a minimum of 132 credits, and at least 42 of the 48 upper level credits must be in Science. Honours students and students completing a second major may not need to meet the breadth requirement. Check with your program for exact requirements.

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