Apply to Science One

If you're ready for an interdisciplinary, collegial first-year science experience at the University of British Columbia, you're ready to apply to Science One.

Start by creating an account and application on the UBC undergraduate admissions site. You can then simultaneously work on that application and the separate Science One application with your CWL. Admission to the Faculty of Science at UBC is a prerequisite for admission to the Science One Program.

Enrolment in Science One is limited. Admission is based on your demonstrated interest in science, our assessment of your essay, as well as your academic record. Science One welcomes applications for the upcoming academic year after January 15. There are two application deadlines: early admission by April 30th (with a decision on application by early May) and regular admission by May 31st (with a decision on application by early June). Students accepted into the program will be contacted by Science One via email. Students receiving an offer of admission should confirm acceptance via their Science One application. If you don't get selected for early admission into the program you will still be considered in our regular admissions cycle. The site will remain open and applications received after the May deadline will still be considered subject to space availability in the program.

Students applying from outside Canada

If you attended school (Grades 11 and/or 12) outside of Canada you are not required to record any grades on the Science One application. You may submit your Science One application with an approximatley 600-word essay along with any other information. We will refer to the UBC system for your courses and grades once they have been evaluated by the UBC Admissions office with your Application for Admission to UBC. 

Essay

As part of completing the online application for Science One, all applicants must provide an (appoximate) 600 word essay addressing one of the following questions:

  1. Does knowing science make you a better person?
  2. Which scientist - past or present - would be most helpful if both of you were stranded on a deserted island?
  3. Can mathematics be more beautiful than art?
  4. Does the value of science depend on its practical applications?

Your essay will be judged on content, imagination and creativity, style, and clarity of exposition. Please do NOT send us additional materials, references or research papers.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12 or an LPI score of 5 or higher, or an exemption from first-year English. This Science One requirement for English 12 is the higher of the school or provincial examination mark in BC and other provinces with similar government examinations. For queries regarding exemptions, contact the UBC Admissions Office (604-822-3014) or the English Department (604-822-4247).

Completion of Biology 11 or 12, Physics 12, Chemistry 12, Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12, and Calculus 12, each with a minimum of 80%.

IB-HL or AP studies in the subject areas above also satisfy the requirements to Science One. IB-HL Mathematics or AP Calculus (AB or BC) provides the necessary calculus background. IB-SL Mathematics with a grade of 5 or better is also suitable. It is to your advantage to have taken one or more of the core subjects (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Calculus) at the AP or IB level. However, university transfer credit based on AP or IB studies will not exempt you from participating in any part of Science One.

Students who have completed their Cambridge certificate need O-level English with a grade of 80% or higher to be LPI exempt. Attaining a grade of at least 80% on the Cambridge O-levels satisfies the English 12 requirement for Science One. 

Applications from students studying outside of Canada who will have completed the prerequisites are also welcomed. The preparation of these students for Science One will be judged on a case-by-case basis. International students entering Science One are expected to complete UBC Jump Start in August. JUMP START is a first-year transition program for new international and Aboriginal students. UBC is the only university in Canada to offer such a comprehensive academic transition program.

You will be admitted based on preliminary information provided by you and your school. A drop in high school marks after application may indicate a weakness in your background. If any of your marks dropped by more than 2-3%, or if you have not met all of our requirements after marks are finalized, we should be contacted immediately to discuss strategies for academic success.

Missing Requirements

Are you missing Calculus 12 (or BC Equivalent)?

Historically the majority of incoming Science One students have had an introductory course in calculus (Calculus 12 or a locally developed equivalent course). This subject is now a requirement for admission to Science One. The syllabus for Science One has been prepared assuming that the students will be completely at ease with the material usually covered and self-study will not be sufficient in this case. Therefore, if you are not currently taking this course, you must complete it through summer school or distance education before classes start in September.

Are you possibly going to miss the minimum 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12 (or BC Equivalent)?

Since writing skills are an important aspect of Science One, you must have at least 75% in English 12 or English Literature 12 (or equivalent) for admission to Science One. This Science One requirement is the higher of the school or provincial examination mark in BC and other provinces with similar government examinations. If there is any doubt that your mark will not be 75% or higher, it is strongly recommended that you arrange to write the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) examination without delay. An LPI score of 5 or higher is acceptable for admission to Science One.

Students in the Cambridge system who do not achieve at least 80% on their O-level English must complete the LPI with a score of 5 or higher for admission to Science One.  If there is any doubt that your mark will not be greater than 80%, it is stongly recommended that you arrange to write the LPI. 

The Faculty of Science has a Communication Requirement. Students admitted directly from secondary school are required to take at least one of the ENGL courses in their first year if eligible to do so. For more information on the Faculty’s requirement, click here.

If you're not eligible to remain in a first-year English course due to either their performance in high school English or on the LPI examination register in the non-credit WRIT 098 course in the first semester in order to prepare themselves for the LPI and subsequent entry to an English course in second term. For further information about the LPI, or to arrange a sitting contact the LPI office.

Are you missing Biology 11 or 12 (or BC Equivalent)?

Biology 11 or Biology 12 (or BC Equivalent of either) is acceptable to meet the Biology Requirement for Science One. If you lack both, you must complete either Biology 11 or Biology 12 (or BC Equivalent) through summer school or distance education before classes start in September. The syllabus for Science One has been prepared assuming that the students will be completely at ease with the material usually covered and self-study will not be sufficient in this case. Acceptance to Science One is on the condition that a grade of at least 80% is achieved. Alternatively, successful completion of UBC BIOL 111 during the Summer Session will fulfill the Biology prerequisite requirement for the Science One Program. Registration in BIOL 111 will require activation of your UBC eligibility for the upcoming summer session. If you wish to register in BIOL 111 apply for UBC admission Summer Session and register for it as a summer course.

Are you missing Physics 12? Chemistry 12? (or BC Equivalent?)

The syllabus for Science One has been prepared assuming that the students will be completely at ease with the material usually covered in these subjects. Self-study will not be sufficient in this case. Therefore, you must complete these courses through summer school or distance education before classes start in September. Acceptance to Science One is on the condition that a grade of at least 80% is achieved in each.