Program Requirements for Canadian Secondary School Applicants

Program Minimum Requirements: Overall Assessment based upon grades in the following courses:
All Recommendation: A minimum of six Grade 12 courses are recommended. Approved equivalent International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, or post-secondary courses may also be used. All Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses1.

Program Minimum Pre-requisite Courses: Core Program-Specific Assessment based upon Grade 11 and Grade 12 course grades1 from the following subject categories:
Arts -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 -Language Arts
-Mathematics and Computation
-Second Languages
-Social Studies
-Visual and Performing Arts
Engineering -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Pre-Calculus 12
-Chemistry 12
-Physics 12
-Language Arts
-Sciences
-Mathematics and Computation
Fine Arts -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 -Language Arts
-Visual and Performing Arts
-Social Studies
Human Kinetics -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Pre-Calculus 12
-Anatomy and Physiology 12
-Chemistry 11 or Physics 11
-Language Arts
-Sciences
-Mathematics and Computation
-Social Studies
Management -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Pre-Calculus 12
-Language Arts
-Mathematics and Computation
-Social Studies
Media Studies -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Language Arts
-Mathematics and Computation
-Social Studies
-Visual and Performing Arts
Nursing -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12
-Life Sciences 11 and Anatomy and Physiology 12
-Chemistry 11 and 12
-Language Arts
-Sciences
-Mathematics and Computation
Science -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Pre-Calculus 12
-Minimum of one Grade 12 Science
-Chemistry 11
-Language Arts
-Sciences
-Mathematics and Computation
Sustainability -English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
-Pre-Calculus 122
-Minimum of one Grade 12
-Science
-Language Arts
-Sciences
-Mathematics and Computation
-Social Studies

1 Does not include any courses classified as Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies, Career Education, Physical and Health Education, or Faith-based.

2Outstanding applicants missing Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The following presents categories of courses (by subject area) where course grades may be used in the overall or core academic assessments. Courses are typically presented at the Grade 11 or 12 level, although approved equivalent International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, or post-secondary courses may also be used. Subject areas below are presented as examples and do not constitute a comprehensive list of courses that may be considered in a particular category.

Language Arts Category

Includes courses that focus on language and literacy. Examples of subject areas include (but are not limited to): English; English First Peoples; English/French Literature; Creative Writing.

Mathematics and Computation Category

Includes courses that focus on numeracy, numerical methods, and symbolic computation. Examples of subject areas include (but are not limited to): Mathematics1; Pre-Calculus; Calculus2; Computer Science3; Statistics.

Visual and Performing Arts Category

Includes courses focused upon artistic expression. Examples of subject areas include (but are not limited to): Drama; Music, Media Arts.

Sciences Category

Includes courses that help us better understand our natural world. Examples of subject areas include (but are not limited to): Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Physics; Geology.

Second Languages Category

Includes all second language courses, excluding Introductory Language 11 courses. Examples of subject areas include (but are not limited to): French; Spanish; Japanese.

Social Studies Category

Includes courses that focus on individuals, human society and culture. Examples of subject areas include (but are not limited to): Comparative World Religions; Contemporary Indigenous Studies; Economics, Ethics, Geography, History; Law Studies, Media Studies; Philosophy, Political Science; Psychology; Social Justice.

For additional information for Canadian secondary school applicants, please see the sections specific to different provincial jurisdictions and curricula at Applicants Following Canadian Secondary School Curriculum.

1 Applied mathematics courses, such as Foundations of Math, History of Math, or Workplace Math are not included in the assessment for any UBC program that has Pre-Calculus 12 as a prerequisite for admission.
2 While secondary school Calculus is not required for admission, the course is recognized to be rigorous and is recommended for students entering programs at UBC that require first-year Math.
3 Does not include applied courses in Information and Communications Technology.

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