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Registration and Program Approval

First-Year Students

Students are not required to select a program major until they register for their second year. Students planning to apply to second-year admission degree programs are still required to follow the course requirements for the program to which they were originally admitted. Students not meeting the minimum academic standing required for compulsory courses in a given program may be required to withdraw from that program.


UBC permits students to take a limited number of percentage-graded electives as Credit/D/Fail. In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, students are permitted to opt for Credit/D/Fail for only those courses designated as unrestricted electives. It is the students’ responsibility to be mindful of their degree requirements and possible future implications before selecting this option for a course. Selecting Credit/D/Fail may impact students’ eligibility for awards, scholarships or financial support. In addition, professional programs or graduate schools may not allow pre-requisites to be completed through Credit/D/Fail. Students wishing to complete a course through Credit/D/Fail are strongly encouraged to contact their Program Advisor or LFS Student Services prior to registration.

Repeating Courses

Students who have passed a course will not be permitted to repeat that course for higher standing or credit. Courses in the Science Credit Exclusion Lists are considered to be the same course for the purposes of this rule.

Students may repeat a failed course only once. Should students need to attempt a required course for a third time, they should consult with LFS Student Services to request a Letter of Permission to take courses outside of UBC (see below) to fulfill this requirement. Appeals for further attempts at UBC must be directed to the Director, LFS Student Services.

Taking Courses Outside of UBC

As per Campus-wide Policies and Regulations, students are not permitted to take courses for academic credit at other post-secondary institutions concurrently with their program in the Faculty without receiving prior consent from the Director, LFS Student Services. The Faculty is not obligated to grant transfer credit for students who do not receive permission in advance of attempting courses elsewhere.

Page last updated: March 28, 2019

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