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.

1. Accept your offer

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

2. Check registration date

Sign in to 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.

3. 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.

Note: Although every effort is made to ensure the course schedule is as accurate as possible at the time of publication, changes to the course schedule are sometimes necessary after publication.

These changes will not be reflected in any worklists you have already made. Always review your worklists a few hours before your registration time so you can update them to reflect any schedule changes that may have occurred since your worklist was initially developed.

4. 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 individually. To complete your degree in four years, first-year BASc students must register for the following:

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

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

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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The Bachelor of Arts program offers multiple course options. Please see the image below for a list of the required credits. For a list of courses available this year, please refer to the Course Schedule in your Student Service Centre (SSC). For sample course schedules, view the PDF below.

  Credit Requirements 
Foundational Requirements
Total = 21 credits
Communications
12 credits
Critical Thinking
3 credits
Indigenous Content
3 credits
Scientific Literacy or Numeracy
3 credits
Distribution Requirements
Total = 12 credits
Creativity
3 credits
Digital Literacy
3 credits
Power, Diversity and Cultures
3 credits
Sustainability
3 credits
Your major of choice
Minimum 48 credits
Electives
Approximately 39 credits.
Note: credits vary depending on major

 

For sample course schedules, view the PDF below.

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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)

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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 supports your professional learning goals. View the SIE course offerings.
EDUC 438: Educating for the Whole Person

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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.

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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)
ARTH 101: Art and Visual Cultures of the World I ARTH 102: Art and Visual Cultures of the World II
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 VISA 103: Drawing and Two-Dimensional Art Practices II
VISA 104: Three-Dimensional Art Practices I VISA 105: Three-Dimensional Art Practices II
VISA 106: Introduction to Digital Media I VISA 108: Introduction to Digital Media II
ENGL 1XX
Choose one: ENGL 109, 112 or 114, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155 or 156
ENGL 1XX
Choose one: ENGL 109, 112 or 114, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155 or 156
Note: You may choose 6 credits of 100-level ENGL, or 3 credits 100-level ENGL and 3 credits 100-level CRWR. Both options require a combined minimum average of 60%.
VISA 090: Safety Training
Note: this is a mandatory, one time, four-hour, non-credit woodshop safety class
CCS 150: Creative and Critical Art Theory I

Note: Consult the Visual Arts Coordinator Katherine Pickering, katherine.pickering@ubc.ca or an Academic & Career Advisor if you need to adjust your year-one timetable in any way.

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April)
HES 100: Foundations of Health and Exercise Science HES 102: Biomechanics
HES 101: Human Physiology I HES 105: Exercise Physiology I
HES 120: Introduction to Human Anatomy HES 111: Human Physiology II
HES 130: Social Determinants of Health HES 131: Exercise Psychology
ENGL 1XX
Choose one: ENGL 109, 112/114, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155 or 156
Non-HES 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.

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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It is strongly recommended that students complete all Year 1 core courses in their first year to ensure there are no barriers to progression through the program. 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.

Required courses

ECON 101 ECON 102 MGMT 100 MGMT 110
ENGL 112 or ENGL 114; or 6 ENGL credits any level; or 3 ENGL credits and 3 CORH credits of any level (if students choose either of the 6 credits options, 3 credits will be used towards the ENGL requirement and 3 credits will be used towards electives)
One of STAT 121 or 124* One of MATH 100 or 116* PSYO 111 6 credits of electives

*preferred

To satisfy the BMGT ENGL requirement, students must achieve one of the following:

  • successful completion of ENGL 112 or ENGL 114 with a minimum grade of 60%
  • 6 credits ENGL any level with a combined minimum average of 60%
  • 3 credits ENGL and 3 credits CORH with a combined minimum average of 60%

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 & career advisor regarding your elective choices. To explore course options, check the Academic Calendar.

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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The timetable 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
MDST 110: Introduction to Computational Art and Design I MDST 120: Introduction to Computational Art and Design II
CULT 100: Media and Popular Cultures in Global Context
Note: this course can be completed in Term 1 or Term 2.
FILM 100: Introduction to Film Studies or FILM 103: Acting for Stage and Screen
Note: this course can be completed in Term 1 or Term 2.
DIHU 155 or ENGL 155: Writing and Making with Technology in the Humanities (DIHU 155 preferred) Elective
Elective Elective
VISA 090: Safety Training (may be completed in Term 1 or Term 2)
Note: this is a mandatory, one time, four-hour, non–credit safety class.

Note: The faculty recommends the following electives: CORH 216, COSC 111, COSC 114, COSC 123, PSYO

111, PSYO 121, SOCI 111, VISA 102, VISA 103, VISA 104, VISA 105, and/or VISA 110

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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Note: For up-to-date information on requirements for specific majors in the Bachelor of Science program, refer to your faculty’s information in the Academic Calendar.

Below is a suggested course plan.

Term 1 (September to December) Term 2 (January to April) Options
ENGL 1XX or approved communications courses ENGL 1XX or approved communications courses Choose 6 credits from: ENGL 109 or 112 or 114*, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155 or 156 or other approved communications courses.*Credit will only be granted for one of ENGL 109, 112 or 114
MATH 100 3 credits of program-approved COSC, DATA, STAT or additional MATH Some major programs require MATH 101. Be sure to check individual major requirements for more information.
3 credits of experimental science in any BIOL, CHEM, EESC, or PHYS with labs Elective Electives can be from the Sciences or can be Non-Science courses. For assistance choosing Science electives, see individual majors for details.
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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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, 153, 154, 155 or 156
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

For full course requirements and options, view the PDF below.

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There is a variety of possible course plans you may follow. View the PDF below for sample course plans.

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Resources

Academic Calendar

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

Degree Navigator

The Degree Navigator 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.