Admission to 3rd Year Biology

Admission requirements for entry into the 3rd year Biology program (new program):

Students who have already been admitted into the 2nd year Biology program DO NOT need to reapply for admission to the 3rd year program, unless they are applying to be in Honours.  

May admission is open to students who have all their requirements. Early August admission is open to transfer students, late applications, and students who have completed their entry requirements during the summer. See the Academic Calendar under the Faculty of Science, Academic Regulations for information about Promotion Requirements.

The second year requirements are:
Biology Fundamentals: BIOL 200, BIOL 230, BIOL 233 or  234, BIOL 260
Organismal (select two): BIOL 203, BIOL 204, BIOL 205, BIOL 209, BIOL 210, MICB 201
Chemistry: CHEM 233, CHEM 235 or (CHEM 203)

To be eligible for admission to third year biology, students must have completed at least three of the fundamentals courses (BIOL 200, 230, 233 or 234, 260), one organismal course (BIOL 203, 204, 205, 209, 210, MICB 201), and CHEM 233 or (CHEM 203).

Students intending to take BIOL 363 and 364 must take BIOL 204 and/or BIOL 260 in their second year.  All first and second year requirements plus BIOL 300 and 9 credits of upper level life science courses (i.e. Biology Labs or Life Science Selections) must be completed for promotion to fourth year biology.

Students intending to apply to a Combined Majors or Honours program must consult the UBC Calendar for their second year program requirements.

January admissions is for students who have completed all the 2nd year requirements by December.

HONOURS
Honours students are required to complete all courses attempted (no failed courses), complete a minimum of 30 credits per winter session, and maintain a minimum 75% average per academic session.

Second year Biology Majors wishing to switch into the Honours program just need to submit an application during any 3rd year admission period to do so.  Applications for admissions to honours are open in May, August, and January.

It will be posted on the front page of this website.  Students must have completed at least 30 credits all previous winter sessions, have no failed courses, and achieved at least a 75% in previous winter session.

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