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Combined Major in Science

The Combined Major in Science (CMS) is a structured curriculum that provides breadth by offering foundational packages in three discipline areas of science as well as an introduction in a fourth discipline. Lab and field experiences will promote experiential learning, providing students the opportunity to understand how research is done and application of the scientific method. A statistics requirement will give students an understanding of basic statistics and statistical modeling. A computing requirement will provide students with a basic ability in computation and data manipulation as well as develop problem-solving skills using computers. SCIE 300 (Communicating Science) will help students develop skills in critical evaluation and communication of scientific issues.

All degree requirements must be fulfilled in accordance with Faculty of Science requirements. Students may, with the approval of the Science Information Centre, undertake an optional minor program in Arts, Commerce, Kinesiology, or Land and Food Systems in conjunction with the Combined Major in Science. See Minor Options. Combined Major in Science students are not eligible to pursue other types of specializations.

Courses selected must be acceptable for major or honours programs in the specific areas of concentration packages. At most, a total of 6 credits of directed studies and 6 credits of student directed seminar courses (3 credits as a participant and 3 credits as a leader) may be counted toward a Combined Major in Science degree, but they may not be counted as part of a package or other CMS specialization requirements. More information is available at the Combined Major in Science Advising website.

Cooperative Education

This option integrates academic study and supervised work experience. Enrolment is limited. Second-year standing in the Combined Major in Science is prerequisite for admission. Detailed information is available from the Co-operative Education Program Office, Room 270, Chemistry/Physics Building, University of British Columbia, 6221 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. Information is also available through the Co-op website.

Program

Combined Major (3096): Science

First Year1 Credits
MATH 100 (or 102, 104, 120, 180, 184)2 3(4)
MATH 101 (or 103, 105, 121) 3(4)
Prerequisites for CMS Packages2,4,5,10 10-18
Communication Requirement11,12 3
Arts Elective 3
Electives3 8-0
Total Credits 30
Second Year Credits
STAT 2006 3
Prerequisites for CMS Packages5,10 6-19
Arts Electives 6
Computing Requirement7 3
Generalist Requirement8 3
Electives9 9-2
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years Credits
SCIE 30012 3
First CMS Package10 9
Second CMS Package10 9
Third CMS Package10 9
Two of: BIOL 342, EOSC 442, PHYS 309, CHEM 315 2-5
Arts Elective 6
Electives9 18-12
Total 3rd/4th Year Credits 60
Credits for Degree 120
1 SCIE 001 fulfills first-year science prerequisites for most CMS packages except for the Mathematical Sciences packages. Some Mathematical Sciences packages require CPSC 110 and CPSC 121 as additional requirements.
2 MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.
3 Electives must be taken to ensure that all Faculty of Science requirements are met: a) At least 12 credits must be from the Faculty of Arts b) 18 credits may be from any faculty but students must ensure that they have at least 48 upper-level credits, including at least 30 upper level credits from the Faculty of Science.
4 Students take CHEM 111 if credit was not obtained for Chemistry 12 and 3 credits of 100-level PHYS (normally PHYS 100) if credit was not obtained for Physics 12. All students take at least 6 credits of CHEM and/or PHYS lecture courses at the 100-level beyond CHEM 111 and PHYS 100. Note to students interested in applying to medical school: Content in PHYS 101,102 or 107, 108 are tested on the MCAT.
5 CMS Packages are in five subject areas: Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Science; Life Science; Mathematical Sciences: Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics; and Physics & Astronomy. Students must complete courses in three packages to complete specialization requirements. The range of disciplines provides sufficient breadth to meet the Faculty of Science requirement for 9 credits of breadth courses.
6 STAT 200 can be replaced with STAT 241 or BIOL 300.
7 Computing Requirement (can be taken in third or fourth year by substituting electives in second year) - select one of the following courses: CPSC 110, CPSC 301, EOSC 211, MATH 210, PHYS 210.
8 Generalist Requirement (can be taken in third or fourth year): one course from a discipline not represented in a student’s three packages is selected from the list: Chemistry: CHEM 200-level; Earth and Environmental Science: EOSC 326, 329, 340, 354, 453, 471, GEOB 400; Life Science: BIOL 121, 343, 438; Mathematical Sciences: MATH 200-level, MATH 360 or 300-level MATH; Physics and Astronomy: ASTR 200, 333, PHYS 200, 305, 330, 333.
9 Students must have a minimum of 72 credits in Science and 48 Upper-Level credits.
10 Select three of the five CMS packages (see below).
11 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
12 SCIE 300 must be taken in third year.

CMS Packages

Chemistry CMS Package

Prerequisites: CHEM 121, 123 (or 111, 113), CHEM 233, 235, 205 (or CHEM 201, 203)

Package courses:
CHEM 341
6 credits CHEM from 300 and higher

Earth and Environmental Science CMS Package

Prerequisites: one of CHEM 111, CHEM 121; one of PHYS 101, PHYS 107; one of (a) EOSC 110 and EOSC 111 or (b) one of ATSC 201, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 121, GEOB 103 or GEOB 200

Package courses:
EOSC 340
3 credits from EOSC 326, EOSC 355, EOSC 372
3 credits from Earth and Environmental Science courses: ATSC, ENVR, GEOB (except for GEOB 307, 407), EOSC (except for EOSC 310, 311, 314, 315, 470, 474, 475, 478)

Recommended courses: EOSC 326, 329, 330, 355, 372, 373 or GEOB 300

Life Science CMS Package

Prerequisites: BIOL 112, 121, BIOL 140, BIOL 200, (BIOL 201 recommended), CHEM 121 (or 111), CHEM 123 (or 113)
Additional specific prerequisites are needed for some choices of upper-level courses.

Package courses: 9 credits of Life Science courses numbered 300 or higher: BIOC, BIOL (except BIOL 300), CAPS, GEOB 307, 407, MRNE, MEDG, MICB, PCTH, PHYL, PSYC 360-368, PSYC 460-462, and EOSC 470, 474, 475, 478

Mathematical Science CMS Package

Select one of the following seven options:

1. Computer Science Option

Prerequisites: CPSC 110, 121, 210, (CPSC 213 recommended)

Package Courses: CPSC 221; 6 credits chosen from 300 and 400 level CPSC courses

Recommended: CPSC 302, 303, 304, 312, 314, 320, 322, 340, 402, 406, 420, 421, 422, 430, 445
Students choosing this package may need additional upper-level science credits to meet the requirement for a minimum of 30 upper-level science credits.

2. Mathematics Option

Prerequisites: MATH 200, 221, (MATH 215 recommended)

Package Courses: 9 credits chosen from 300- and 400-level MATH

Highly Recommended: MATH 302, 307, 317, 340, 360

Recommended: MATH 303, 316, 345, 361, 441, 442, 445

3. Statistics Option

Prerequisites: One of MATH 152, MATH 221, MATH 223 and one of STAT 200, STAT 241, STAT 251, BIOL 300 and one of MATH 200, MATH 226

Package Courses: STAT 300; STAT 302 or MATH 302; 3 credits from STAT 306, 344

4. Interface A Option

Prerequisites: CPSC 110, MATH 200, 221

Package Courses: 6 credits of: MATH/STAT 302, MATH 303, STAT 305; 3 credits of CPSC 302, CPSC 303

5. Interface B Option

Prerequisites: MATH 200, 221

Package Courses: MATH/STAT 302, MATH 303, STAT 305

6. Interface C Option

Prerequisites: CPSC 110, 121, 210, 221, MATH 200, 221

Package Courses: CPSC 340, STAT 306, STAT 406

7. Interface D Option

Prerequisites: CPSC 110, MATH 200, 221

Package Courses: CPSC 302, CPSC 402, MATH 307

Physics and Astronomy CMS Package

1. Physics Option

Prerequisites: MATH 200, PHYS 117 (or 101 or 107) and PHYS 118/119 (or 102 or 108/109), PHYS 200 (PHYS 219, 229 and MATH 215 recommended)

Package Courses: 3 credits of PHYS 301, 304, 333 and 6 credits PHYS or ASTR courses numbered 300 or higher

Recommended Courses: PHYS 301, 304, 305, 309, 312, 314, 315, 318, 319, 330, 333, 404, 405, 420

2. Astronomy Option

Prerequisites: MATH 200, MATH 215, MATH 217 (or 227 or 317), PHYS 101 (or 107) and PHYS 102 (or 108), PHYS 200, PHYS 203, and PHYS 216. PHYS 210, ASTR 200, and ASTR 205 recommended

Package Courses: 3 credits of PHYS 301 and 6 credits from ASTR 300, 333, 403, 406, 407

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