Programs spotlight: Math, Chemistry, and Physics

Programs spotlight: Math, Chemistry, and Physics

Do numbers excite you? Do you want to take your sharp analytical and problem-solving skills to the next level? UBC’s Math, Chemistry, and Physics programs offer you the opportunity to do just that, alongside opening your path to a variety of advanced career options.

Gain hands-on research experience through laboratory courses, and study at some of the top Math and Science departments in Canada, each with outstanding international reputations. Explore the different options that are available at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan to find the program that is right for you.

 

Astronomy

The Astronomy program at UBC Vancouver applies the principles of Physics and Mathematics to solve problems in navigation, space flight, and satellite communications, as well as to develop the instrumentation and techniques used to observe and collect astronomical data. This program is available as a major or as a combined honour in Physics and Astronomy, which is strongly suggested for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in astronomy and a career in research.

The student scoop

michelle kunimoto, ubc astronomy, ubc physics

Meet Michelle, an Astronomy student who shares the details of discovering a new planet – and what that discovery means for her future and the search for life on other planets.

 

Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics program at UBC Vancouver provides a strong foundation of academic courses, project courses, and co-op work experience to help you gain the skills and experience needed to develop new technology and interdisciplinary engineering projects. If you have career aspirations to be an inventor, a research engineer, or a technology entrepreneur, this is a program that you may want to consider for your undergraduate degree.

 

Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry program at UBC Okanagan can help you gain the skills required to work in one of the fastest-growing fields in science. You’ll learn about how the environment works, how to analyze environmental contaminants, and how to monitor environmental impacts through a solid education of four key areas of Chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical.

 

The student scoop

Meet Jeffrey, a Chemistry student at UBC Okanagan and undergraduate researcher of the year in 2015. Read about why his time at UBC has been the best of his life.

 

Integrated Science 

The Integrated Science program at UBC Vancouver is designed for highly motivated students whose interests in science run across disciplinary boundaries. You’ll get to design your own courses that best reflect your interests and help prepare you for professional programs such as medicine, law, or education. As an Integrated Sciences student, you’ll be assigned an IntSci Faculty Mentor to help you design your individual course of study.

 

Mathematical Sciences

The Mathematical Sciences program is available at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver. This program will provide you with a strong foundation of skills that can help you prepare for work in finance, software, actuarial science, and more. You can choose to focus your studies on mathematics, statistics, computer science or any combination of the three to tailor your degree according to your interests and future career.

 

Whether you are passionate about developing new technologies or analyzing environmental impacts, we look forward to receiving your application to UBC.

 

 

Canadian students: Document submission deadlines and tips

Canadian students: Document submission deadlines and tips

As the final part of your UBC application, you’ll need to upload your documents for evaluation. Mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar, and read on to find tips about document formatting and ordering transcripts based on your province.

 


BC and Yukon

January 31

  • Deadline to provide UBC with your BC Personal Education Number (PEN).
  • Deadline to order a transcript for UBC through the Student Transcripts website.

When ordering your transcript, be sure to select “Send my transcript now and allow this Post-Secondary Institution to request transcript updates,” and choose the default date (one year from the date of your order) so that UBC can receive your interim and final grades continuously. This will allow UBC to receive your transcripts electronically from the BC Ministry of Education.

 

February 15

  • Deadline to meet UBC’s English Language Admissions Standard.
  • If you entered the school system after Grade 9: Deadline for your counsellor or principal to submit a request for you to be waived UBC’s language 11 requirement.
    • Please instruct your counsellor to submit this request — and be sure to give them plenty of advance notice before the February 15 deadline. To apply for exemption from the language 11 requirements, UBC needs a written statement from your principal or counsellor indicating your date of entry and grade of entry into the Canadian school system and your UBC reference number. Statements must be emailed to waiver@ubc.ca.
  • If you have completed less than four consecutive years of study within Canada: make sure you meet English Language Admissions Standard.
  • If you are completing your IB diploma in Canada: Deadline for IB coordinators to submit your anticipated score results to UBC. This information is sent electronically and directly from your school to UBC.

 

Mid-March – end of April

  • As all grade information will be sent to UBC from the BC Ministry of Education on a continuous and ongoing basis, you do not need to submit any paper transcripts.
  • After your application is reviewed, you will receive an admissions decision from UBC (unless you have already heard from UBC with a first round offer of admission) by email, or you can check your applicant status in the Student Service Centre from mid-March to the end of April.

 


Ontario

January 31

  • Deadline to provide UBC with your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) reference number.

 

February 15

  • Deadline to meet UBC’s English Language Admissions Standard.
  • If you entered the school system after Grade 9: Deadline for your counsellor or principal to submit a request for you to be waived UBC’s language 11 requirement.
    • Please instruct your counsellor to submit this request — and be sure to give them plenty of advance notice before the February 15 deadline. To apply for exemption from the language 11 requirements, UBC needs a written statement from your principal or counsellor indicating your date of entry and grade of entry into the Canadian school system and your UBC reference number. Statements must be emailed to waiver@ubc.ca.
  • If you have completed less than four consecutive years of study within Canada: make sure you meet English Language Admissions Standard.
  • If you are completing your IB diploma in Canada: Deadline for IB coordinators to submit your anticipated score results to UBC. This information is sent electronically and directly from your school to UBC.

 

Mid-March – end of April

  • As all grade information will be sent to UBC through OUAC on a continuous and ongoing basis, you do not need to submit any paper transcripts.
  • After your application is reviewed, you will receive an admissions decision from UBC (unless you have already heard from UBC with a first round offer of admission) by email, or you can check your applicant status in the Student Service Centre from mid-March to the end of April.

 


Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Maritimes

February 15

  • Deadline to meet UBC’s English Language Admissions Standard.
  • If you entered the school system after Grade 9: Deadline for your counsellor or principal to submit a request for you to be waived UBC’s language 11 requirement.
    • Please instruct your counsellor to submit this request — and be sure to give them plenty of advance notice before the February 15 deadline. To apply for exemption from the language 11 requirements, UBC needs a written statement from your principal or counsellor indicating your date of entry and grade of entry into the Canadian school system and your UBC reference number. Statements must be emailed to waiver@ubc.ca.
  • If you have completed less than four consecutive years of study within Canada: make sure you meet English Language Admissions Standard.

 

February 15 – March 15

  • Upload a copy of your transcript/report card or detailed academic report (see instructions below).

Please note: If you are completing your IB diploma in Canada, the deadline for IB coordinators to submit your anticipated score results to UBC is February 15. This information is sent electronically and directly from your school to UBC.

 

Which documents do you upload?

If you attend a linear school

If you attend a linear school (where you are taking year-long courses from September to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for Grade 11 courses and in-progress (interim) grades for all Grade 12 courses you are currently taking.

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

If you attend a school with a different format

If you attend a school where your courses are taken sequentially (for example September to January, and February to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for your Grade 11 courses and final grades for any completed Grade 12 courses. If you are studying in Alberta, please upload a Detailed Academic Report (DAR).
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document. This does not have to be an official document – it can be a list that you’ve typed up yourself or written by hand, as long as it is legible.

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, we understand some schools have modified the timelines in which your courses are completed. For example, your school may now offer courses via quarter, quadmester, or quintet systems. If you follow these modified formats, you should still complete the steps above.

 

Document format and size

  • Your documents must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Multiple pages need to be collapsed into a single document. For example: If your transcript exceeds one page, you need to collapse the pages into a single PDF, TIFF, or JPEG and upload it through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcripts/report card. Doing so can slow down the review of your application.

 

Mid-March – end of April

  • After your application is reviewed, you will receive an admissions decision from UBC (unless you have already heard from UBC with a first round offer of admission) by email, or you can check your applicant status in the Student Service Centre from mid-March to the end of April.

 


If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

 

BC students: UBC’s response to Grade 12 Literacy Assessment cancellations

BC students: UBC’s response to Grade 12 Literacy Assessment cancellations

This week, BC’s Ministry of Education made the difficult decision to cancel the January sittings of all Grade 12 Literacy Assessments. We understand that you may have questions about how this might impact your application to UBC.

 

How UBC uses your Grade 12 Literacy Assessment

Remember: UBC does not use your Grade 12 Literacy Assessment score as part of your admissions decision. The cancellation of the January sittings of the exam will not impact the evaluation of your application.

UBC will only require your Grade 12 Literacy Assessment if you receive an offer of admission. The BC Ministry of Education will provide UBC with a copy of your final grades in July, including your Grade 12 Literacy Assessment. At that time, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve achieved a score of “Proficient” in order to keep your offer.

 

Cancellation of future Grade 12 Literacy Assessments

The BC Ministry of Education will confirm in mid-February 2022 whether the April and June sittings of the Grade 12 Literacy Assessment will go ahead. In the event that these exams are also cancelled, UBC will not require you to sit the Grade 12 Literacy Assessment to keep your offer.

 

Graduation before June 2022

If you plan to graduate – or have graduated – from high school before June 2022, UBC will not require you to show any results from a Grade 12 Literacy Assessment. This includes students who graduate in January 2022.

 

 

Which Science first-year study option is right for you?

Which Science first-year study option is right for you?

Once you’ve decided to apply for the Bachelor of Science degree, it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like to structure your first-year courses.

There are two ways to shape your degree. The first lets you pick the classes you’re most interested in, and build your own timetable.

The second lets you join a predesigned course schedule for your first year, where you’ll take nearly all of your classes with the same people. For Science students, you can choose between Science One, or First Year Focus.

 


Science One

What is Science One?

Science One offers courses that integrate Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. It provides small class sizes, a dedicated study room attached to your professors’ offices, and excellent student-to-instructor ratios.

 

Why should you choose Science One?

Science One makes the transition from high school to university smoother with standard timetables, coordinated assignment schedules, a set space in the library to study, and support from a community of students and faculty. All Science One teachers attend each other’s classes to dynamically shape your curriculum, and you’ll share your own work and study space with your instructors.

Because Science One takes a small number of students, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time with your cohort, which will help you make friends. You’ll also be taught by a select number of professors who will decide together what will be on the curriculum each week and how the disciplines will interact – meaning that you’ll make close personal connections with your profs. There will be the opportunity to take part in peer-group workshops or field trips, depending on the government guidelines surrounding COVID-19 at that time.

 

Is Science One right for you?

Science One is challenging. It has a competitive application process, and teaches UBC’s highest level of first-year science to a tight-knit group of students. You’ll be one of just 80 individuals, and will be supported by nine instructors, offering you an excellent student-to-professor ratio of 9:1. You’ll also take part in weekly workshops, learn from guest lecturers, and have extra instruction in science literacy and computer programming. The curriculum includes mentorship on two major research projects – the results of which can be published in undergraduate journals – and you’ll attend student conferences.

Science One is also a social experience. You’ll help elect a student representative to sit in on the Science One Team meetings and the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS), and take part in mentorship and social activities such as the Winter Formal and talent shows.

 

How to apply

If you want to take part in Science One, you’ll need to submit an application at the same time or shortly after you apply to UBC’s Bachelor of Science degree, as registration opened on December 1, 2021. You are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be assessed in the order they’re received. Applications received after April 30 may be considered, but not with the same priority as those before that date.

 


First Year Focus

What is First Year Focus?

First Year Focus will help you build a strong foundation in the computational sciences. As a cohort-based first-year study option, you’ll be part of a small inclusive community, which will help you meet others, form friendships, and build the skills you need to explore a wide range of disciplines as you advance to second year at UBC Science.

 

What to expect

As a First Year Focus student, you’ll take five online computer science, math, data science, and communications courses with the same class of about 90 UBC Science first-year students. You’ll select the remaining courses (usually four or five, either in-person or online) based on your interests and the requirements you’ll need to meet to enter your second year in UBC Science.

 

Why choose First Year Focus?

Because First Year Focus is limited to a particular group of students, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time with your cohort, which will help you make friends. You’ll immerse yourself in computational sciences while gaining the ability to pursue almost everything UBC Science has to offer as you progress in your degree—from earth sciences to life science or physical sciences. Best of all, First Year Focus makes registering for your courses simpler, and includes online courses if you’d wish add more flexibility.

As part of the study option, you’ll begin to build your knowledge in one of the most exciting areas of science. Computational and data sciences have become key to studying complex problems, such as climate change, food scarcity, and pandemics. They’re fundamental skill sets scientists use to develop models and simulations to understand natural systems at all levels. In particular, areas in the life sciences—like bioinformatics, ecology, protein structure, and metabolic modelling—are becoming increasingly important and reliant on computation.

During your time with First Year Focus, you’ll also enjoy the chance to take part in the mentorship program, various community-building events, and workshops that are specific to your cohort.

 

How to apply

First Year Focus is open to any first-year BSc student who has completed Calculus 12 or equivalent, but is designed for learners who are passionate about applying computational skills to a range of problems across the sciences.

If you want to take part in First Year Focus, you’ll need to submit your application when it opens in spring. Applications received after the deadline of April 30 will be considered on a rolling basis, but only if there is still space in the program.

 

 

You’ve applied to UBC. Now what?

You’ve applied to UBC. Now what?

Congratulations on completing your UBC application! You’re one giant step closer to joining our vibrant community of students and faculty from around the globe.

 

Submitting your documents

Tens of thousands of UBC applicants like you have begun – or will soon begin – submitting their documents. The UBC Admissions Office is doing its best to read everyone’s personal profile and transcript as carefully and quickly as possible. We’re swamped with incoming documents, but we’re working very hard to process each one and give you a considered and fair decision as soon as we can. It may take a while for us to acknowledge that we’ve received your documents, so thank you for bearing with us at this busy time.

 

If you are delayed in receiving your documents

UBC will be as flexible as possible to ensure that your application is not disadvantaged by COVID-19 or related disruptions. We understand that your school may be delayed in issuing your documents due to circumstances beyond your control. If you have been affected by these interruptions, please provide us with your required documents as soon as you are able. To find out what documents you need to send to us, check your email for a message from UBC, or log in to your Student Service Centre account.

 

Your admissions decision

Depending on the degree you applied to, the standard of your application, and when your grades become available, high school applicants can expect an admission decision any time between the end of January and May and post-secondary transfer applicants can expect an admission decision any time between February and late June. Be sure to check your application status often in the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status.

 

If you’re itching to know what comes next in the admissions process, check out the video below:

 

 

Until you hear back from us, take this time to learn more about the degree that you applied to. This is also a great opportunity to envision your future at UBC and have your questions answered by joining a campus tour, attending an event for applicants, or taking part in an online info session.

 

 

Some UBC degrees still accepting applications

Some UBC degrees still accepting applications

Although the deadline to apply for the 2022/23 Winter Session (September to April) has passed, certain UBC degrees are still accepting applications. If you’re planning to apply, you need to submit your application soon – unless a specific deadline is indicated, degrees will close their application without notice.

 

A flood of applications

As of January 20, 2022, the UBC Admissions office received over 45,000 applications! If you’ve already applied, thank you for your submission. We’ve been busy answering your questions and making sure you’ll receive an email notifying you of which documents you need to submit. We’re eager to evaluate your application so we can send you a decision as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we work through all of the applications we’ve received.

 

What comes after applying?

Check the Admissions Blog routinely for timely posts about how to submit your documents, when we’ll send offers of admission, self-reporting, and other important admissions-related details.

 

 

Study at UBC with STEPS Forward: an inclusive post-secondary initiative

Study at UBC with STEPS Forward: an inclusive post-secondary initiative

UBC prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. If you have developmental or intellectual disabilities and are interested in attending post-secondary education in a way that supports your strengths and learning style, you can study at UBC through the STEPS Forward initiative.

 

What is inclusive post-secondary education at UBC?

Academics

If you are selected for the initiative, you may enrol in UBC courses for four years, following an area of study of your choice. You’ll be part of the same classes, tutorials, and labs as UBC students studying for their degrees, but as a participating auditor: a status that allows your assignments and exams to be modified to suit your individual learning style. You’ll also be supported by UBC’s inclusion facilitators to discuss your courses.

At the end of your studies, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion at convocation alongside students earning their Bachelor’s degree in the same field.

Student life

During your time at UBC, you’ll enjoy student life in the same clubs and social spaces as other undergraduates, and be supported in individualized ways to make decisions about what you want to explore on campus.

Career development

Over the summer months (April to August), we’ll help you to find paid work, internships, training, networking, and other volunteer opportunities that relate to your career dreams.

 

Who is eligible?

There are no minimum academic requirements to be accepted – instead, STEPS Forward will look at your desire to learn and have a typical student experience. The initiative is committed to supporting the inclusion of students with significant and/or complex support needs.

Discover more about the criteria used to select students.

 

How to apply

  1. Get in touch with us to find out more about whether accessing your studies through UBC’s inclusive post-secondary initiative (STEPS Forward) is right for you:

 

  1. Attend an interview with your campus inclusion facilitator. The interview is a way for us to learn more about what you want to get out of post-secondary education. You’ll be asked questions about what you’re hoping to gain from the experience and how you’ll grow from UBC’s academic teaching and student life. TIP: Before your interview, think about topics such as:
    • What makes you feel great about going to school?
    • Why do you want to continue your education after high school?
    • How do you want to get involved with sports, clubs, and campus events?
    • How can you get the most out of being a student with facilitator support?

 

  1. Receive your offer. About a month after your interview, we’ll contact you to let you know if you are accepted. If your application is successful, STEPS Forward will set up a series of meetings with you over the summer to prepare with you and your chosen family, advocates, or allies.

 

The deadline to begin your application is January 31, 2022.

 

 

Tips for submitting your Visual Arts program portfolio

Tips for submitting your Visual Arts program portfolio

Visual Arts at UBC Okanagan is a hands-on, studio-based program that will help you in your goal of becoming an artist. You’ll study a variety of traditional media such as painting, drawing, sculpture and more, as well as digital media projects.

As part of the application, you’ll have to submit a portfolio of your work, as well as a letter of intent. Don’t worry! You don’t have to come to the program with an advanced skill level – that’s what your studies at UBC will help you develop.

 

What UBC is looking for

Rather than a polished body of work, UBC wants to use the portfolio to learn about how you engage with the world. All you need to demonstrate is a genuine curiosity and how it relates to making art. When you come to UBC Okanagan, your instructors will teach you how to develop your skills.

 

Portfolio checklist

Your portfolio should include:

  • An image description page
    • List the title, medium, size, and year of production for each piece in your portfolio.
    • Number each title to correspond with the images and/or videos of your work.
    • You can include a link to your personal website if you have one.
  • Between 15 and 20 images of your work.
    • Resize your images to a maximum of 160 dpi, and a maximum of 1000 px on the long side of the image.
  • Up to three short video works, which are a maximum of three minutes each.
    • Let us know the URLs for these files in your image description list if they’re posted online (for example on YouTube or Vimeo). Remember to include any passwords.
    • You can send video documentation of your 3D work.
    • Please note that videos aren’t a required part of the portfolio if they are not part of your creative practice.
  • A letter of intent
    • In a maximum of 300 words, the letter should describe why you want to study Visual For example, what about art interests you? What are your future goals in the art world?
    • An artist statement is welcome but not required.
  • Place all your material into one document
    • This can be a .doc or .docx, or a .pdf file. Please don’t send PowerPoint or other presentations.
    • Make sure this filename includes your name. Use the format Lastname_Firstname_Portfolio
    • Make sure that your total file is not larger than 5MB.

 

How to submit your portfolio

You should send your portfolio and letter of intent together, either online or by mail.

If you choose to mail your portfolio, you must send it to:

Portfolio Review Committee
Department of Creative Studies
The University of British Columbia
CCS building – 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

If you want us to return your submission, you should use a reusable mailer and include the return postage cost. Alternatively, you can enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

 

Submission deadline

You must submit your completed portfolio by January 31, 2022.

 

 We’re looking forward to seeing your work!