Degree Requirements for students entering the program in 2020/2021 or later

These are the degree requirements for students entering the program in 2020/2021 or later.

Degree Requirements

To receive a B.Sc. degree, a student must earn at least 120 baccalaureate program course credits subject to the following:

  • at least 78 of the 120 credits must be Science course credits;
  • at least 42 of the 120 credits must be upper-level courses (numbered 300 or higher), of which at least 36 credits must be in Science; and,
  • At least 30 of the 42 upper-level credits must be completed at UBC.

A minimum graduating grade average (GGA) of 60% is required to be eligible for graduation with the B.Sc. degree.

Designation of Science Courses

Courses with the prefixes ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, COSC, DATA, EESC, GISC, MATH, PHYS, and STAT are considered Science courses, unless otherwise noted in the course description. In addition, for students registered in the B.Sc. program in Economics or Psychology, courses taken to complete the requirements for the major are considered Science courses. Otherwise, courses in Economics (ECON) and Psychology (PSYO) count as non-science electives. The following Geography courses are also designated as Science courses:

GEOG 108, 109, 200, 205, 207, 213, 222, 271, 272, 301, 304, 307, 310, 314, 317, 341, 356, 367, 377, 380, 381, 413, 414, 416, 422, 436, 437, and 466.

GEOG 491 and 498 may be taken as Science courses depending on the designated topic.

Credit Requirements


Six credits of English or Communications courses must be completed before promotion to fourth-year standing. Students who have not earned the 6 credits of required English or Communications coursework by the time they enter fourth year will not be permitted to enrol in any courses other than courses that satisfy the English or Communications requirement.


Students must complete 9 first-year Science credits, including:

  • MATH 100
  • 3 credits of program-approved COSC, DATA, STAT, or additional MATH courses; and,
  • At least 3 credits of experimental science in any BIOL, CHEM, EESC, or PHYS courses with labs.


Students must complete:

  • At least 12 credits of non-science designated courses.

See individual major program details or General Science degree program requirements.

1Students are strongly encouraged to take 3 credits of an Indigenous content course to partially fulfill this requirement. Students entering the B.Sc. in 2024 and later will have to successfully complete an Indigenous content course.

Progression Requirements

First Year 0–23 credits
Second Year 24–47 credits
Third Year 48–77 credits
Fourth Year 78 or more credits

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