General Studies

Bachelor of Science, General Studies

The Bachelor of Science, General Studies is appropriate for students planning to continue their studies in professional areas such as post-secondary education, business administration, dentistry, law, medicine, or veterinary medicine. In particular, this program provides excellent preparation for prospective secondary school teachers. It is not generally intended for students planning to continue to graduate studies in science; however, with careful planning and high academic achievement, it is possible to enter a science graduate program, although additional qualifying studies may be required at some universities.

This degree option provides a comprehensive undergraduate science education with the opportunity to complete concentrations in two or three of the following disciplines5:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences (including certain courses in Geography1
  • Economics2
  • Geospatial Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology3
  • Statistics

Students in all B.Sc. programs must complete at least 42 credits at the 300/400 level in any discipline, of which at least 30 credits must be completed at UBC.

Students must see an undergraduate advisor before entering third-year.

In addition to fulfilling the B.Sc. requirements, students completing a B.Sc. General Studies must successfully complete 36 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher by selecting one of the following two options4:

Option A

At least 18 credits in each of any two of the above listed disciplines5,6.

Option B

At least 18 credits in one of the above listed disciplines, at least 9 credits in a second discipline, and at least 9 credits in a third discipline.

Courses selected for either option must be acceptable for a B.Sc. major program in the specific disciplines5,6. Students who successfully complete the B.Sc. General Studies program will have the disciplines recorded on their transcript.

1For a list of Geography courses designated as Science courses, see BSc requirements.

2For students completing the B.Sc. Major in Economics program or the B.Sc. General Studies program with one of their concentrations in Economics, courses in Economics (ECON) are considered Science courses for Science credit. For all other B.Sc. students, Economics courses count as Arts credit.

3Only Psychology courses used in a concentration area can be counted as Science credit and used for the purpose of the General Degree. For all other B.Sc. students, Psychology courses count as Arts credit.

4Students may not complete a major or minor within the General program.

5Students may not complete more than one concentration area of similar nature within the same Science GENP (e.g. CHEM and BIOC, BIOL and BIOC, or STAT and DATA).

6Cross-listed courses can only be used to satisfy the requirements of one concentration (e.g. GEOG 304 and EESC 304).

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