First-year planning guides

Are you a first-year student and unsure of what courses to take? To help you plan and register for courses, consult the first-year planning guides listed below.

Step one: Accept your offer

Sign in to your Student Service Centre (SSC). Click on Admissions > Accept My Offer and pay the acceptance fee.

Step two: Check registration date

Sign into the SSC and click on registration to find your registration date. Be sure to register as soon as your registration opens as courses fill up quickly. Registration is online only. Registration times, based on year level, are available online.

Step three: Create a worklist

In your SSC, access the Worklist tool to draft your timetable and ensure there are no conflicts. Make sure to create at least one Worklist for Terms 1 and 2. Need help? A video tutorial is available on your SSC homepage.

Step four: Register

On your registration date, sign in to your SSC and register for the courses listed in your preferred Worklist(s) for both Term 1 and Term 2. Verify that you have registered in all required components of the course (lecture, lab, tutorials, and seminar) by clicking “Registered Courses”. When registering for courses, you may see a course listed as Full, Blocked, or Restricted. For more information on what to do if you see these class statuses, look for a Section Comment as these provide further registration instructions.

Planning guides

The following guides have been designed to help you plan your first-year courses as required by your program. Select the name of your program to view the required courses for that program.

First-year BASc students register for the program’s core required courses using a standard timetable (STT). A STT is a pre-set timetable that includes all of your first-year required courses. You do not have to register in each required course separately or create a worklist. You must register for Engineering YR 1 STT (two options: four or five year degree plan).

To complete your degree in four years this will be your STT schedule:

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
APSC 171: Engineering Drawing and CAD/CAM APSC 169: Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering Design
APSC 172: Engineering Analysis I APSC 173: Engineering Analysis II
APSC 176: Engineering Communication APSC 177: Engineering Computation and Instrumentation
APSC 179: Linear Algebra for Engineers APSC 178: Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves
APSC 180: Statics APSC 181: Dynamics
APSC 182: Matter and Energy I APSC 183: Matter and Energy II

To complete your degree in five years this will be your STT schedule:

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
APSC 171: Engineering Drawing and CAD/CAM APSC 169: Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering Design
APSC 172: Engineering Analysis I APSC 173: Engineering Analysis II
APSC 179: Linear Algebra for Engineers APSC 178: Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves
APSC 180: Statics APSC 181: Dynamics
APSC 182: Matter and Energy I APSC 183: Matter and Energy II

The School of Engineering strongly recommends students consider a reduced course load while transitioning to university course work. Students may enroll in summer courses after their first year to return to a four year degree plan if desired.

Below is a suggested course plan. For a list of courses available this year, please refer to the Course Schedule in your Student Service Centre (SSC).

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April) Options
ENGL 1XX ENGL 1XX Choose any two of: ENGL 112 or 114, 150, 151, 153
Science 1XX Science 1XX ASTRO 110, 111, 120, 121; BIOL 116, 117, 122, 125, 131, 133; CHEM 111, 113, 121, 123; COSC 101, 111, 121, 122, 123; EESC 111,121; GEOG 108, 109; MATH 100, 101, 111, 116, 142; PHYS 111, 112, 121, 122, 140; STAT 121, 124
Language other than English
or
List A or List B elective
Language other than English
or
List A or List B elective
If you have successfully completed a language other than English at the Grade 12 level, you’ve met this requirement.
If not, consult the Academic Calendar to find the Language other than English requirement for your option.
Elective
List A – Social Sciences
List B – Humanities
Elective
List A – Social Sciences
List B – Humanities
Distribution requirements are organized in two categories: List A (Social Sciences) and List B (Humanities). For information on List A and List B consult the Academic Calendar.
Elective Elective Recommended – List A or List B

It is important to register in your Term 1 and Term 2 courses all at once.

Your registration date and time will be displayed on your Student Service Centre (SSC) account two weeks prior to registration. Remember to pay the registration deposit prior to your registration date and time.

All teacher candidates take the same core courses. Teacher candidates register for the core courses using the SSC. To access the education course schedule, login to the SSC, click the Course Schedule, select the Winter Session, click the Browse tab, and select Courses.

Winter Session

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
EDUC 403: Becoming a Scholar – Practitioner EDUC 436: Developing a Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Educational Purposes, Policies, and Practices (part one)
EDUC 431: Developing a Pedagogical Stance EDUC 441: Field Experience – Formative Practicum
EDUC 440: Field Experience – Literacies and Numeracies in Action EDUC 437: Developing a Curricular Vision for a Democratic Society: Educational Purposes, Policies, and Practices (part two)

Summer Session

Term 1 (May to June) Term 2 (July to August)
EDUC 442: Community Field Experience Summer Institute in Education (SIE): You must register a total of six credits of SIE coursework. Choose any combination of SIE coursework that best support your professional learning goals. View the SIE course offerings.
EDUC 438: Educating for the Whole Person

Final Winter Session

Term 1 (September to December)
EDUC 444 Field Experience – Final Practicum/Internship
Note: This is an extended immersion in a school community, where teacher candidates will plan, teach, and assess alongside mentor teachers and professional colleagues. Teacher candidates will assume a lead role in planning and curricular enactment.

First-year BFA students register for the program’s core VISA and ARTH courses using a standard timetable (STT). A STT is a pre-set timetable that includes your first-year required courses so you do not have to register in each required course.

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
ARTH 101: Art and Visual Cultures of the World I (included in STT) ARTH 102: Art and Visual Cultures of the World II (included in STT)
You are required to have a combined minimum average of 64% in ARTH 101 and ARTH 102.
VISA 102: Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices I (included in STT) VISA 103: Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices II (included in STT)
VISA 104: Three-Dimensional Art Practices I (included in STT) VISA 105: Three-Dimensional Art Practices II (included in STT)
VISA 106: Introduction to Digital Media I (included in STT) VISA 108: Introduction to Digital Media II (included in STT)
ENGL 1XX (not included in STT)
Choose one: ENGL 112 or 114, 150, 151, or 153
ENGL 1XX (not included in STT)
Choose one: ENGL 112 or 114, 150, 151, or 153
Note: You are required to have a combined minimum average of 60% in 6 credits of 100-level English.
VISA 090: Safety Training (not included in STT)
Note: this a mandatory, one time, four-hour, non-credit woodshop safety class
CCS 150: Creative and Critical Art Theory I (included in STT)

Note: Consult the Visual Arts Coordinator Briar Craig, briar.craig@ubc.ca or an Academic Advisor if you need to adjust your year-one timetable in any way.

Winter Session

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
HMKN 190: Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology I HMKN 191: Functional Anatomy and Applied Physiology II
HMKN 100: Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle HMKN 101: Biomechanics
ENGL 1XX Choose one: ENGL 112, 150 151, 153 HMKN 105: Canadian Health Care System
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

Elective courses can be taken from any subject area you’re interested in, provided you meet the course prerequisites. To explore your course options, login to your SSC and view the Course Schedule to see what’s available.

Required courses

ECON 101 ECON 102 MGMT 100 MGMT 110
ENGL 112 or ENGL 114; or six ENGL credits any level (if taking six credits of ENGL, three credits will be used towards the ENGL requirement and three credits will be used towards electives).
One of STAT 121 or 124* One of MATH 100 or 116* PSYO 111 Six credits of electives
Students must achieve a minimum average of 60% in ENGL 112 or six credits 100-level ENGL with a combined minimum average of 60%.

The above courses must be completed in first year. Keep in mind that there are academic regulations and minimum grade requirements around these courses specifically and, more generally, in all courses. For more information on the academic regulations specific to these courses, see Advancement Requirements on the Academic Calendar.

Electives

Along with the required courses, you can select elective courses from the wide range of options available through Arts and Sciences as well as Creative & Critical Studies. If you are considering pursuing an optional minor, it is recommended that you consult an academic advisor regarding your elective choices. To explore course options, check the Academic Calendar.

Students register for the program’s core required courses using the Student Service Centre (SSC). This table below identifies the program’s core courses and in which term you must register for them.

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
VISA 106: Introduction to Digital Media I VISA 108: Introduction to Digital Media II
COSC 150: Physical Computing COSC 114: Vector Graphics and Animation
COSC 122: Computer Fluency COSC 123: Computer Creativity
MDST 101: Digital Media Theory ENGL 1XX
Choose one: ENGL 112 or 114, 150, 151, or 153
Elective Elective

Note: The faculty recommends the following electives: CULT 100, PSYO 111, PSYO 121, SOCI 111, VISA 102, and/or VISA 103, VISA 104, VISA 105, and/or VISA 110

Below is a suggested course plan.

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April) Options
ENGL 1XX ENGL 1XX Choose any two of: ENGL 112 or 114, 150, 151, 153
CHEM 111 or CHEM 121 CHEM 113 or CHEM 123 If you did not take Chemistry 12, choose CHEM 111 and 113.
If you took Chemistry 12, choose CHEM 121 and 123.
PHYS 111 or PHYS 112 PHYS 121 or PHYS 122 If you prefer Physical Sciences choose PHYS 111 and PHYS 121.
If you prefer Life Sciences choose PHYS 112 and PHYS 122.
If you did not take PHYS 12 you will be required to register in a Tutorial section as well as the Lecture and Laboratory sections.
MATH 100 MATH 101 All Bachelor of Science degrees require MATH 100 and 101.
Elective* Elective* ASTR 110, 120; ASTR 111, 121; BIOL 116, 125; COSC 111, 121; COSC 122, 123; EESC 111, 121; GEOG 108, 109

*Science students must select six elective credits to satisfy first-year science elective requirements.

Students will receive a UBC Okanagan School of Nursing Information Package via email before your registration date. The package outlines the program’s required courses (listed below) and other important information about your Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. You can register for these courses using the Course Schedule found in your Student Service Centre (SSC).

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
HINT 110: Applied Research in Health NRSG 101: Nursing Lab Practice I
NRSG 111: Foundations of Health NRSG 120: Introduction to Nursing Research
NRSG 112: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing I NRSG 122: Introduction to the Profession of Nursing II
NRSG 113: Relational Practice I NRSG 123: Relational Practice II
ENGL 1XX
Choose one: ENGL 112, 150, 151, or 153
NRSG 126: Health and Healing I
BIOL 131: Human Anatomy and Physiology I NRSG 136: Nursing Practice I
BIOL 133: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Resources

Academic Calendar

Think of this as the official rulebook for the University. Learn more about your important dates, degree requirements, UBC policies, deadlines, and more.

Learn more

Degree Navigator

This tool can show you how your courses fit into the various degrees/majors offered at UBC Okanagan. You can access this program through your SSC under the “Registration” tab. Click on “Degree Navigator, Okanagan”. Video tutorials are available on your SSC homepage.