Academic Admission Requirements

Academic Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the four-year program, applicants must:

  • Have completed 60 credits of post-secondary coursework within 10 years of the application close date, e.g. If applying for Fall 2015 intake, prerequisites completed Fall 2005 onwards are acceptable;
  • Meet a minimum Core Average of 65% or 2.50 GPA on all attempts at first-year prerequisites and
  • Meet a minimum Overall Average of 65% or 2.50 GPA calculated on the last 30 credits completed.

The required courses1 for applicants from UBC Vancouver are:

Biology BIOL 112 or MICB 2012, plus BIOL 121 and BIOL 140
Cell Biology BIOL 200
Biochemistry BIOL 201 or BIOC 202 or BIOC 203
Chemistry CHEM 121 & 123 or CHEM 111 & 113 
Organic Chemistry CHEM 233 & 235 or CHEM 203
English 1st year (6 credits)3. ENGL 112 is recommended.
Humanities or Social Sciences 6 credits of Humanities or Social Sciences courses4
Mathematics MATH 102 (recommended) or MATH 100, 104, 110, 120, 180 or 184, plus MATH 103 (recommended) or MATH 101, 105 or 121
Microbiology MICB 202
Statistics STAT 200 or 203, or BIOL 300
Elective(s) Sufficient credits to bring total to at least 60.

1 Acceptable in lieu of first year (1xx) requirements is the UBC Science One Program (plus 6 credits of first-year English). There may be additional alternate courses that satisfy the requirements listed in this table. Consult the Science Credit Exclusion List for a complete list.
2 BIOL 112, if taken, will be calculated in the first-year Core Average. If MICB 201 is taken in lieu of BIOL 112, as it is not equivalent to BIOL 112, it will not be calculated in the first-year Core Average (and should not be taken for this purpose). MICB 201, if taken in the last 30 credits, will be included in the Overall Average calculation.
3 SCIE 113 will be accepted in lieu of 3 credits of first-year English.
4 Any course offered by the Faculty of Arts at any year level. ENGL courses used to satisfy the 6-cr of first-year English requirement cannot count towards satisfying the Humanities or Social Sciences requirement.

Applicants without these specific UBC courses are required to present a full year each (i.e. 2 semesters) of:

  • First-year university Biology with a lab
  • First-year university Chemistry with a lab
  • First-year university English (for which UBC awards transfer credit)
  • First-year university Calculus

Also required:

  • one semester of second-year cell biology or genetics
  • two semesters of second-year organic chemistry
  • one semester of second-year microbiology
  • one semester of introductory statistics
  • one semester of introductory second-year biochemistry
  • two semesters of humanities or social sciences coursework at any year level
  • sufficient elective credits to bring total to at least 60

Non-UBC students taking courses in BC may consult the BC Transfer Guide at: Prospective students may also consult the following list of courses from other post-secondary institutions, both within and outside of BC. You may view this list by clicking here.

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