Faculty Requirements

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At least 72 credits must be completed in the Faculty of Science. Learn more.

  • 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.

12 credits of Arts courses are required, separate from any English courses taken for the Communication requirement. You can take courses in the humanities, social sciences, and languages. Learn more.

A major is not as highly specialized as an honours, so every student pursuing a single major must complete at least 9 credits beyond those required by the program in subjects outside the area of specialization. These might be in another science discipline (outside the field of the major) or in Arts (beyond the 12-credit Arts requirement). Courses in faculties other than Arts or Science do not count toward the breadth requirement. The breadth requirement applies to students pursuing a major only—not to honours or General Science students. These credits cannot also be applied to the Arts or Communication requirement.

Find detailed info on the breadth requirements in the UBC Academic Calendar.

Every student must complete (or have advance credit or placement in) the minimum requirements in:

  • Physical sciences
  • Computational sciences
  • Biological or another science
  • Laboratory science.

The BSc lower-level requirements must be completed in the first 60 credits of the BSc degree. Learn more.

Lower-level Requirements to Be Completed in First 60 Credits

Do you have? If you answer No If you answer Yes
Biology 11 or Biology 12 (at least one year of biology during your senior secondary program). Take BIOL 111. Choose one of ASTR 101, ASTR 102, BIOL 112, BIOL 121, EOSC 110, EOSC 112, EOSC 114, GEOB 101, GEOB 102, or GEOB 103.
Math 12 (pre-calculus) with at least 80%
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Take MATH 110* if your pre-calculus grade is under 80% Take ONE of MATH 180,184, 100, 102, 104 or 120** (see next row for how to choose)
Math 12 with at least 80% AND a separate Calculus 12 course
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Take MATH 180 or 184 Take ONE of MATH 100, 102, 104 or 120**
Chemistry 12. Take CHEM 111 and TWO of CHEM 123, PHYS 101 or 117,  PHYS 118 (or PHYS 107** and 108**) Take TWO of CHEM 121, CHEM 123, PHYS 101 or 117, PHYS 118 (or PHYS 107** and 108**)
Physics 12. Take PHYS 100 and TWO of CHEM 121, 123, PHYS 101 or 117, PHYS 118 Take TWO of CHEM 121, CHEM 123, PHYS 101 or 117, PHYS 118 (or PHYS 107** and 108**)
Note: courses marked with an asterisk (*) above are Honours courses.

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.

A major in Science may include up to 18 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.

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