Students in the Faculty of Science are required to make steady progress toward graduation. The total number of credits, the number of science credits, and the specifications of the student's specialization (in second year and after) are all considered in the decision to promote. The decision is based on courses completed to the end of Winter Session. Registration in a specialization in second year is not a guarantee of continuing status in that specialization; maintenance of a competitive academic record is required. A student with second- or third-year standing who does not satisfy the following promotion requirements may be denied promotion to the next year level in the specialization and be removed from the specialization and required to gain admission to another. A student removed from a specialization who does not gain admission to another may be required to withdraw from the Faculty. Students changing from one specialization to another will have their year standing reassessed.
Promotion to second year requires successful completion of a total of 24 or more credits, of which at least 12 must be science credits from the Faculty's lower-level requirements or equivalent advanced credits. Allowable courses for the Science credit requirement are: 3 credits of MATH 100 (or equivalent) and up to 6 more credits of computational science; up to two courses from CHEM 113, 121, 123, PHYS 101, 102, 107, 108; and one BIOL or other acceptable Science course. N.B. MATH 110 contributes only 3 credits. See Lower-Level Requirements. Students must meet the minimum requirements for promotion to second year within a maximum of 48 credits of coursework attempted (i.e., passed or failed) including advance and transfer credit. Those who do not will normally be required to withdraw from the Faculty.
Students admitted with advance or transfer credit that puts them at risk of exceeding this limit must consult an advisor in the Science Information Centre on admission to the Faculty of Science.
Students admitted to or newly promoted to second year must participate in the common specialization application process in May or June (see Second Year Application) to be assigned a specialization before they start to register for courses for the next Winter Session. All continuing students are urged to consult specialization websites for information well before the end of their first Winter Session and not to wait until the specialization application period in June.
Promotion to third year requires successful completion of 48 or more credits. These must include at least 15 science credits from the Lower-Level Requirements or equivalent advanced credit and at least 15 additional science credits eligible for credit in the student's specialization. Specializations may identify one or more second-year courses that must be passed for promotion to third year. See Specialization-Specific Courses Required for Promotion.
Students will not be considered for promotion until they have completed 3/5ths of the named credits (i.e., not electives) listed in the second year of their declared specialization.
For students in General Science, to be considered for promotion 12 of the 15 additional science credits must prepare the student to take required upper-level courses in at least two general science subject areas. Similarly, students in the Combined Major in Science must have completed 12 credits of STAT 200 and/or package prerequisites preparing them to take upper-level credits in at least two packages. Normally those science credits will be in courses numbered 200 or above.
Students must meet the minimum requirements for promotion to third year in a B.Sc. specialization within a maximum of 78 credits of coursework attempted or be required to withdraw from the Faculty.
Some specializations have limited enrolment and will not be able to accept all students who meet the minimum promotion requirements (see Course and Specialization Approval). The typical minimum academic achievement required for promotion is an average of at least 60% on 3/5ths of the named credits in the second year of the declared specialization (the calculation normally uses only the first grade obtained in a course). Some specializations will consider exceptions but space limitations in other specializations can result in a higher minimum so all students should develop alternative academic plans to ensure a smooth transition should a change of academic direction be required.
Promotion to fourth year requires successful completion of a total of 72 or more credits. Of these, 50 or more credits must be science credits, including all of the Faculty's Lower-Level Requirements; all required courses specified in the first and second years by the specialization (but not all general electives); and at least 40% of the credits specified in the upper years by the specialization. In addition, the Communication Requirement must be complete. Students who go on a Go Global exchange or who have completed at least one co-op work term will be promoted if they meet the other requirements and have gained at least one-third of the credits specified in the upper years. Specializations may identify one or more upper-level courses that must be passed for promotion to fourth year. See Specialization-Specific Courses Required for Promotion to Year 3 or Year 4. In exceptional circumstances, a student who does not meet the promotion requirements may be removed from the specialization. A student must meet the minimum requirements for promotion to fourth year in a B.Sc. specialization within a maximum of 108 credits of coursework attempted. Registration controls will be imposed on students who approach that limit without having completed the Communication Requirement. Students who reach the credit limit without meeting the requirements will will be required to withdraw from the Faculty.
Students must meet all the graduation requirements for the degree within a maximum of 180 credits of coursework attempted. Those who do not will be required to withdraw from the Faculty.
Students who transfer from another faculty at UBC or another post-secondary institution will be assigned a year-level determined by the general Promotion Requirements and will thereafter be subject to those requirements. After the first winter session, each student’s progress will be reviewed and appropriate credit restrictions or requirements for remedial work will be implemented if the Communication Requirement has not been met.