Review your degree requirements

Before you start choosing classes, it’s wise to take a step back and review the requirements for your specific degree. Some degrees follow standard timetables, while others list required courses and let you build your own schedule.

Okanagan campus

Review your degree requirements

Vancouver campus

Review your degree requirements

English, communication, and writing requirements

Most degrees have an English, communication, or writing requirement, so be sure to check your degree requirements on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. You may need to take the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test as early as this summer to be eligible to register for English courses in your first year. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) cannot be used to meet your first-year English requirement, but full or partial credit may be awarded for certain advanced curricula (AP, IB, and UK A Levels) if your final grade meets UBC’s standards.

Math requirements

Some degrees have a math requirement, so be sure to check your degree requirements. First-year calculus courses at UBC require a minimum grade in BC Pre-Calculus 12 (or a Canadian or an international curriculum equivalent) and some require completion of a high school calculus course. To stay registered in a first-year calculus course, you must meet the eligibility requirements. Students on the Vancouver campus may take the UBC Math Basic Skills Test during the first week of classes in September. Satisfactory results on this test will qualify you to register in the course, space permitting, even if your high school math grades do not meet the minimum requirements.

“If you have questions about courses and your degree requirements, talk to an academic advisor in your faculty.”

Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor

First-year credit

If you have a record of strong academic achievement in an enriched secondary school program such as the International Baccalaureate (IB), the French Baccalauréat, Advanced Placement (AP), or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Levels, you may be eligible to receive credit for certain first-year courses. Please submit your high school transcript and official documentation for review.

Changing degrees or campuses

If you’re interested in transferring to another UBC faculty, school, or campus after first year, speak to an academic advisor on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus as early as possible to ensure you meet the admission criteria and complete the appropriate prerequisites. Generally, prerequisites will be similar to the required or recommended courses for students already in that degree. Keep in mind that you may face limits on the number of courses you can take outside your current faculty.

Post-secondary transfer students

If you have attended another post-secondary institution and have questions about degree requirements or first-year credit at UBC, please contact an academic advisor on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

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First-year English requirements

As a UBC student, you’re expected to have excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills in English – regardless of your first language or citizenship. To ensure you develop those skills, all UBC undergraduate students are required to earn between three and six credits of first-year English.

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