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Geological Sciences: Bachelor of Science Degree - Honours


Intake
  • Winter 1
  • Summer

Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Program Start Date
    September and May
  • Campuses
    Vancouver

    Resources

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    4 years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $190.97 per credit
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1,550 (Year One)
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UBCV's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted for most programs by January for September entry. Early application is recommended. Confirm dates with UBC.
Exceptions of certain programs are available on UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar 2022/23.

Application Fee: $74.25 (domestic); $125.25 (international)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade)

1. High school graduation or equivalent

2. English 12 or equivalent

3. Pre-Calculus 12 or equivalent

4. One of:

  • Anatomy and Physiology 12 (Biology 12)
  • Chemistry 12
  • Physics 12

5. English 11 or equivalent

6. Language 11 or waiver (includes all second language courses but excludes introductory Grade 11 language courses)

7. Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12

8. Chemistry 11

9. Physics 11

10. Grades presented in all relevant academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses that fall under these subject categories* will be looked at:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics & Computation
  • Second Languages 
  • Social Studies 
  • Visual and Performing Arts 

Note: There is no minimum number of courses required for admission, but you are encouraged to challenge yourself with a substantial number of courses that are relevant to your intended area of study.

Non-Academic

1. Complete a Personal Profile


Admission Advice

1. Entry to the program specialization (Major or Honours) occurs at the second-year level, following one year in basic undergraduate science. You will apply for entry to the program Major/Specialization at the end of first-year study in the Bachelor of Science program (after completing at least undergraduate 24 credits, including all required admission prerequisites for your desired specialization). Placement to a specialization is a competitive process and is based on your first-year grades at UBC or your admission average (if you are a transfer student). 

 


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UBCV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC
  • four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
  • A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 (achived August 2019 or earlier) or Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalents
  • A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
  • A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (higher or standard level)
  • Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing:
    • CAEL score of 70 overall
    • Campbridge English Qualifications score of 180
    • CEL (UBC Certificate in English) score of 600 
    • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no part less than a 6.0
    • PTE score of 65 overall, with a 60 in each of the sub-sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
    • An internet based TOEFL or TOEFL iBt Home Edition score of 90 overall with a:
      • 22 in reading
      • 22 in listening
      • 21 in writing
      • 21 in speaking
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) overall score of 125, where video and writing sample should also demonstrate a strong command of English language (note: DET is accepted only for students in countries where no other English proficiency test is available)
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country (note: transcript showing course completion must be submitted by February 15)
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus

If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver for the English Language Admission Standard. 

Verify information with the UBC directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

If you graduated from a Canadian high school, UBC recommends that you have at least six (6) Grade 12 academic and non-academic courses. Approved equivalent of International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and Post-Secondary courses may be used. If you are graduating from a secondary school outside of Canada, the recommended minimum number of senior-level courses will vary.

For any degree applicant, UBC will look at your grades in all academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses relevant to the degree you applied to at UBC. If you present a course at both Grade 11 and Grade 12 levels, emphasis is placed upon the mark obtained in the more senior level course.

Your lowest grade will be excluded – as long as the course is not required or relevant to your intended area of study at UBC.

  • At least an overall admission average of 67% (on a 50% pass scale) or equivalent. Note: Due to the number of applications received, a higher academic achievement is often required.
  • Non-academic courses include subjects classified as Applied Design, Skills and Technologies, Career Education, Physical and Health Education or Faith-based.

All students must meet UBC's English Language Competency Standard. There are nine different ways to meet this requirement, such as completing three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada. For complete details, please check the English Language Competency Requirement page.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Okanagan Campus. 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

Click here for details for BC high school graduates.

Click here for details for Yukon high school graduates.

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces, please check here (and select your Province in the drop-down menu).

BC Transfer Student

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the BC Transfer Guide and/or UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.

Mature Student

For admission purpose, mature students are defined as someone who have been out of full-time formal education for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirement and degree-specific requirements.

Click here for further details on Mature Student admission at UBC.

International Student

For details on International Student admission at UBC, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For Canadian Aboriginal Students:
Most Indigenous students are admitted based on their competitive average. However, UBC offers a number of pathways to a post-secondary degree. Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here

For Visiting Students:
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.

 

How to Apply

Visit the Applying to UBC page for more information on UBC’s application process.

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