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Program Requirements for Canadian Secondary School Applicants

Please note that this section of the UBC Calendar has been updated with information specific to undergraduate admissions in 2019. For information regarding undergraduate admissions in 2018, please see the archived version of the 2017/18 Academic Calendar.

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 courses.1

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 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 122
(Students intending to major in Economics must complete Pre-Calculus 12)
A language 113 or waiver
An approved Grade 11 science4

Language Arts
Mathematics & Computation
Second Languages
Social Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Commerce English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 12
A language 113 or waiver An approved Grade 11 science4
Language Arts
Mathematics & Computation5
Social Studies 6
Dental Hygiene English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
A language 113 or waiver
Biology 11
Chemistry 11
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 122
Biology 12
Chemistry 12
Language Arts
Sciences
Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Urbanism English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Geography 12 or History 12
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 122
A language 113 or waiver
An approved Grade 11 science4
Language Arts
Visual and Performing Arts
Social Studies
Engineering English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 12
Chemistry 127
Physics 127
A language 113 or waiver
Language Arts
Sciences
Mathematics & Computation
Fine Arts English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 122
A language 113 or waiver
An approved Grade 11 science4
Language Arts
Visual and Performing Arts
Social Studies
Forestry (BSF, BSFS, BSCN, BSCW, BUF) English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 12
One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
Biology 118 or Physics 119
Chemistry 11
A language 113 or waiver
Language Arts
Sciences
Mathematics & Computation
International Economics English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 12
A language 113 or waiver
An approved Grade 11 science

Language Arts
Mathematics & Computation5
Social Studies 6
Kinesiology English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Physics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 122
An approved Grade 11 science4
A language 113 or waiver
Language Arts
Sciences
Mathematics & Computation
Social Studies
Land and Food Systems (BSAB; BSFN) English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 12
One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
Chemistry 11
Physics 11
A language 113 or waiver
Language Arts
Sciences
Mathematics & Computation
Social Studies
Media Studies English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
One of Geography 12, History 12, or English Literature 12
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 122
A language 113 or waiver
An approved Grade 11 science4
Language Arts
Social Studies
Mathematics & Computation
Visual and Performing Arts
Music English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 122
A language 113 or waiver
An approved Grade 11 science4
Language Arts
Visual and Performing Arts
Second Languages
Science English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Pre-Calculus 12
One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
Chemistry 11
Physics 11
A language 113 or waiver
Language Arts
Sciences
Mathematics & Computation
1 Does not include any courses classified as Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies, Career Education, faith-based or Physical and Health Education.
2 BC/YT students only.
3 BC/YT students only. A beginner's Language 11 does not satisfy this requirement. Applicants may present any International Baccalaureate (IB) Ab Initio Language in place of Language 11.
4 BC/YT students only; Applied Physics 11 and 12 (together these courses meet both the Grade 11 Science requirement and the Physics 11 requirement), Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Environmental Sciences 11, Life Sciences 11, or Physics 11.
5 The Sauder School of Business and the Bachelor of International Economics will also consider Physics and Chemistry courses as part of the Math & Computation category. These subjects provide a good background in quantitative analysis that is relevant to the study of Commerce and Economics.
6 The Sauder School of Business and the Bachelor of International Economics will only place an emphasis on Social Studies classes in the following subjects: Economics; Ethics; First Nations or Contemporary Indigenous Studies; Geography; Law; Psychology, Social Studies.
7 Outstanding candidates missing Chemistry 12 [or equivalent] or Physics 12 [or equivalent] are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
8 Biology 11 is strongly recommended for all Forestry programs with the exception of Wood Products Processing.
9 Physics 11 is strongly recommended for Wood Products Processing.

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 not limited to): English; English First Peoples; English/French Literature; Creative Writing.

Mathematics & Computation category

Includes courses that focus on numeracy, numerical methods, and symbolic computation. Examples of subject areas include (but 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 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 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 not limited to): French; Spanish; Japanese, all Indigenous languages of Canada.

Social Studies category

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

1Applied 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 pre-requisite for admission.
2While 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.
3Does not include applied courses in Information and Communications Technology.

For additional information for Canadian Secondary School applicants, please see the following sections specific to different provincial jurisdictions and curricula.

Page last updated: November 23, 2018

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