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Program-specific requirements

Applicants from BC and Yukon high schools must satisfy the general admission requirements that all Canadian high school students must satisfy, as well as the program-specific requirements, listed in the table below.

Program Grade 12 courses and requirements Grade 11 courses and requirements
Applied Biology
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Two of Biology 11, Chemistry 11, or Physics 11 [3]
  • An approved Social Studies course
Arts [1]
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved Grade 12 courses
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • An approved Science 11 course
  • An approved Social Studies course
  • Students intending to major in Economics or Speech Science must complete Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
Commerce
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • An approved Science 11 course
  • An approved Social Studies course
Dental Hygiene
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • An approved Social Studies course
Engineering
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Chemistry 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • Physics 12
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Chemistry 11 and Physics 11
  • An approved Social Studies course
Food, Nutrition and Health
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Two of Biology 11, Chemistry 11, or Physics 11 [3]
  • An approved Social Studies course
Forest Resources Management; Forest Operations; or Forest Sciences
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Two of Biology 11, Chemistry 11, or Physics 11
  • An approved Social Studies course
International Economics
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • An approved Science 11 course
  • An approved Social Studies course
Kinesiology
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • One of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, Biology 12, Geology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • An approved Science 11 course
  • An approved Social Studies course
Music
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved Grade 12 courses
  • An audition is also required
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • An approved Science 11 course
  • An approved Social Studies course
Natural Resources Conservation
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Chemistry 11
  • One of Biology 11 or Physics 11
  • An approved Social Studies course
Science
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Physics 11 and Chemistry 11
  • An approved Social Studies course
Wood Products Processing
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • One of Physics 12, Chemistry 12, or Biology 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 [2]
  • Physics 11 and Chemistry 11
  • An approved Social Studies course

[1] A language other than English at the Grade 12 level is recommended for all students planning to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students without an additional Grade 12 language must take a language as part of their university studies.
[2]What is the equivalent of mathematics 11? One of the following: Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12.
[3] The Faculty of Land and Food Systems recommends Physics 11 as it is required for some majors for the Applied Biology degree and the Food, Nutrition, and Health degree.

What we mean by “approved Grade 12 courses”

Applicants to UBC are required to write the BC Provincial Exams that are needed for graduation. BC Provincial Exam grades, including exams for English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, will be included only if they increase your admission average. However, in cases where a significant discrepancy exists (20% or more) between the course grade and the examination grade, UBC reserves the right to use the examination grade only.

The following courses are approved Grade 12 courses. They can be used to calculate your admissions average.

  • All Advanced Placement courses (AP Calculus cannot be used instead of Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12 for programs that require Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12)
  • All International Baccalaureate courses (excluding Math Studies and Ab Initio language courses)
  • American Sign Language (ASL) 12
  • BC First Nations Studies 12
  • Biology 12
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Economics 12
  • English Literature 12
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples (but not both)
  • Français Langue 12 or French 12 (but not both)
  • Geography 12
  • Geology 12
  • German 12
  • Halq’eméylem 12
  • Heiltsuk 12
  • History 12
  • Hul’q’umi’num’ 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Kwak’wala 12
  • Law 12
  • Liqwala/Kwakwala 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • nsíylxcən (Okanagan Language) 12
  • Nte?kepmxcin 12
  • Nuu-chah-nulth 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 (but not both)
  • Physics 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Secwepemctsin (Shuswap Language) 12
  • Shashishalhem (Sechelt Language) 12
  • Sim’algaxhl Nisga’a 12
  • Sm’algyax 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Tsek’ene 12
  • Upper St’at’imcets 12

These courses taught in French can be used for admission, but Français 12 cannot be used in place of English 12. All courses must be completed by June.

Grade 11 courses

There are some Grade 11 courses that are required to meet UBC’s minimum course requirements. In addition, strong Grade 11 grades may be used to advance the assessment of your application.

Grade 11 Math courses

This requirement may be satisfied with one of Principles of Mathematics 11, Pre-Calculus 11, IB Math Studies, or Foundations of Mathematics 12.

Grade 11 Language courses

Grade 11 Language courses at the beginner’s level are not accepted for admission.  International Baccalaureate Ab Initio language courses cannot be used to satisfy the language 11 requirement.

If you entered the BC school system after Grade 9, you may be eligible for exemption from the Grade 11 Language course requirement. To apply for exemption, UBC needs a written statement from the school principal or counsellor indicating your date and grade of entry into the BC school system and UBC reference number. Statements must be emailed to language11.waiver@ubc.ca by February 15, 2014.

If you have a diagnosed learning disability, you may be eligible for exemption from the Grade 11 Language course requirement. To apply for exemption, please contact Access & Diversity.

Transfer standing, External Language Certificates, and External Language Assessments granted at the Grade 11 level may be used for admission to UBC. These credentials must be documented on your Ministry of Education transcript.

The following courses are approved Grade 11 Language courses:

  • All Advanced Placement language courses
  • Athapaskan (with Athapaskan 12)
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Arabic
  • Chilcotin
  • Français (Communication et Litterature)
  • Français (Langue)
  • French
  • German
  • Gitksan
  • Halq’eméylem
  • Hebrew (King David High School or Pacific Torah Institute)
  • Heiltsuk
  • Hul’q’umi’num’
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kwak’wala
  • Latin
  • Liqwala/Kwakwala
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Musqueam (taught through UBC courses FNLG 101 and 102)
  • Nisga’a
  • nsíylxcən
  • Nte?kepmxcin
  • Nuu-chah-nulth
  • Nuxhalk
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Sechelt
  • Secwepemctsin (Shuswap Language)
  • Shashishalhem (Sechelt Language)
  • Sim’algaxhl Nisga’a
  • Sm’algyax
  • Spanish
  • Tsek’ene
  • Upper St’at’imcets

Grade 11 Science courses

This requirement may be satisfied with one of the following courses:

  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Science 11
  • Physics 11
  • Applied Physics 11 and Applied Physics 12 (only if both courses have been successfully completed)

Grade 11 Social Studies courses

This requirement may be satisfied by one of the following courses:

  • Social Studies 11
  • Civic Studies 11
  • IB Geography (Standard Level or Higher Level)
  • IB History (Standard Level or Higher Level)
  • BC First Nations Studies 12 (may be used as either a Grade 11 Social Studies course or an approved Grade 12 course in an admission average, but not both)

Distributed Learning courses

If you are currently taking, or plan to take Distributed Learning courses (e.g., online courses, distance learning, or courses at another school) to meet your admission requirements, include these courses in the list of courses you will complete this year in the ‘academic profile’ section of the UBC application, and do not provide an in-progress grade.

Completion dates for Distributed Learning courses:

  • If you wish to use your Distributed Learning course in the calculation of your competitive admission average, the course must be 100% complete by February 1, 2014 and your Distributed Learning provider/school must submit the final grade to the Ministry of Education so that it appears on your Ministry of Education Student Secure Web in time for you to self-report these grades in March/April.
  • Distributed learning courses completed by June 30, 2014 can be used to meet pre-requisites but will not be used in the calculation of your competitive admission average.

Adult Basic Education

UBC recognizes Adult Basic Education courses as well as courses in the BC Adult Graduation Diploma for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program. For more information, see the Academic Calendar.

Submitting your grades

In the online application, you will be asked to provide some details about your current and most recent academics, including:

  • Courses you are currently completing during your final year of high school; and
  • Grades you’ve earned in Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses already completed

Please note that for all currently attending BC high school applicants who have not yet graduated, your admissions decisions will be based on a combination of the grades you self-report in March/April and your Personal Profile. After you have submitted your online application, you will be contacted with specific instructions on your next steps so please make sure to watch your email.

For all BC high school students who have already graduated and/or are upgrading their high school courses after graduation, please refer to your emailed instructions about how to submit your grades as you are not eligible for self-reporting.

Grades for completed courses

When you are prompted to enter your grades for completed courses, use only final grades that are documented on your online Student Secure Web EdAccess account or your high school record. This means you may want to have your report card from the previous year handy when you complete the online application. Please note that all course and grade information submitted is always verified against official records from the BC Ministry of Education.

Next steps

  • Remember to check your email for instructions on next steps specific to you.
  • Remember to check your Applicant Status on your online Student Service Centre.
  • Remember to check out your important dates and deadlines.