High School Admissions

  
Degree Groups

Arts
(leading to the Bachelor of Arts)
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology Honours
  • Anthropology/Geography
  • Economics
  • Economics/International Studies
  • English
  • English/Environmental Studies
  • English/History
  • English/Political Science
  • English/Women's Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • First Nations Studies
  • First Nations Studies/Women's Studies
  • General Arts
  • Geography (BA)
  • History
  • History Honours
  • History/Political Science
  • History/Women's Studies
  • International Studies
  • International Studies Honours
  • International Studies/Political Science
  • Nature-Based Tourism Management
  • Northern Studies
  • Political Science
  • Political Science/Women's Studies
  • Public Administration and Community Development
  • Women's Studies
Science
(leading to the Bachelor of Science
or Bachelor of Planning)
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Computer Science
  • Chemistry/Mathematics
  • Chemistry/Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Computer Science/Physics
  • Economics/Mathematics
  • Environmental Planning (BPl)
    • First Nations Planning
    • Natural Resources Planning
    • Northern and Rural Community Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science Honours
  • Geography (BSc)
  • (Integrated) Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Natural Resources Management
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Forest Ecology and Management Honours
    • Outdoor Recreation and Conservation
    • Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Honours
Business Administration
(leading to the Bachelor of Commerce)
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
First Entry Professional  Programs
(leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
  • Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program (application is through The College of New Caledonia or Northwest Community College)
Competitive Entry Programs 
  • Environmental Engineering (BASc)
  • Fine Arts and Creative Writing (BFA)
  • Health Sciences (BHSc)
    • Biomedical Studies
    • Community and Population Health -- Aboriginal and Rural Health
    • Community and Population Health -- Environmental Health
Note:  Table excludes second-entry professional programs (Education, Social Work) as well as Diploma and Certificate programs.
Admission Requirements by Degree Groups

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts 
see program regulations
Bachelor of CommerceBachelor of Planning
& Bachelor of Science
English 12 or English First Peoples 12**
English 12 or English First Peoples 12**
English 12 or English First Peoples 12**English 12 or English First Peoples 12**
Portfolio 
Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*
Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*
Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*
Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes
Three Approved Grade 12 Courses*
Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes 
A fifth Grade 12 course***
A fifth Grade 12 course***
A fifth Grade 12 course***A fifth Grade 12 course***
Minimum admission average 65%
Minimum admission average 67%  
Minimum admission average 65%Minimum admission average 65%
Nursing*****
see program regulations
Bachelor of Health Sciences 
Environmental Engineering
see program regulations
English 12 or English First Peoples 12 (67% minimum) English 12 or English First Peoples 12 (70% minimum)English 12 or English First Peoples 12
Foundations of Mathematics 11 or
Pre-calculus 11 or
Principles of Mathematics 11 (67% minimum)
Chemistry 11 or equivalent (67% minimum) 
Pre-calculus 11 or Principles of Mathematics 11 (70% minimum)
Chemistry 11 or equivalent
(70% minimum)
Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
Biology 12 (73% minimum) within 5 years prior to the semester of admission to the NCBNP
Two other approved* Grade 12 courses
Biology 12 (70% minimum)
Two other approved* Grade 12 Courses

Biomedical Studies
see program regulations

Pre-Calculus 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes
Two provincially examinable Science 12 courses:
Chemistry 12
Physics 12 (recommended)
Chemistry 11
see program regulations
A fifth Grade 12 course***A fifth Grade 12 course***A fifth Grade 12 course***
Minimum admission average 67%Minimum admission average 70%Minimum admission average 75%
* Approved Grade 12 Courses: Applications of Mathematics, BC First Nations Studies, Biology, Business/Hospitality Management, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Civilizations, Economics, English Literature, Français, Français Langue Seconde-Immersion, French, German, Geography, Geology, History, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mandarin, Math Foundations, Middle Earth 12, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Mathematics, Punjabi, Social Justice, Spanish, Sustainable Resources, Technical and Professional Communications, Writing.
Approved Advanced Placement Courses:  AP Biology (General), AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A or AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP History of Art, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B and/or Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP US Government & Politics, AP World History.
Approved International Baccalaureate Courses:  IB Biology, IB Business Management, IB Chemistry, IB Computer Science, IB Economics, IB English Language A, IB Environmental Systems, IB French Language A and/or French Language B, IB Geography, IB German, IB Greek, IB History, IB History - Asian, IB History - European, IB History and Culture of the Islamic World, IB Latin, IB Mathematics, IB Further Mathematics, IB Music, IB Philosophy, IB Physics, IB Psychology, IB Social and Cultural Anthropology, IB Spanish A and/or Spanish B.
** Approved AP and IB (all standard level and higher level) courses can be used in place of any approved Grade 12 Canadian high school course.
*** A fifth Grade 12 Course: Any other of the approved Grade 12 courses, and also any Grade 12 course taught in the secondary school including locally-developed courses:  e.g. (First Nations Languages), career preparation courses (Construction 12, etc.), or others (Art 12, Band 12, Information Technology 12, Communications 12, CAPP 12, etc.) or any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.
**** Admission Average: For all provinces the best grade for each required course will be used (either the course mark or the course mark blended with the provincial exam).
 
*****Nursing: UNBC's partner institutions, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and Northwest Community College (NWCC) are processing admissions to the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  If you wish to apply to our Prince George or Quesnel campuses, please apply through CNC:  www.cnc.bc.ca; if you wish to apply to our Terrace campus, please apply through NWCC: www.nwcc.bc.ca

Students interested in pursuing the BHSc Biomedical Studies Major are strongly encouraged to take Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12, and Chemistry 12 before entering the Program.
Admission Average:  For all provinces the best grade for each required course will be used (either the course mark or the course mark blended with the provincial exam)
Note:  Table excludes entry to upper-division (Social Work) or post-baccalaureate (Education) professional programs.



Admission Requirements for Applicants from BC and Yukon High Schools

Successful completion of an approved grade 12 program leading to graduation with an acceptable BC/Yukon high school average calculated on the basis of the five best grade 12 courses from the above list, for the Degree Group in the Admission Requirements by Degree Group Table above or First Entry Professional Program of your choice (see also “Special Entry”).

Special Early Provisional Admission

Students registered in grade 12 at a BC high school who are planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are encouraged to apply for Special Early Admission no later than the end of February. A decision will be made based on the student's self-declared Grade 11 and 12 grades and, no later than the end of February, a provisional offer of admission will normally be made to all applicants who meet or exceed the minimum grade point average and course requirements. The conditions associated with special early provisional admission are that the applicant's academic average remain at or above the minimum, that all required courses are successfully completed, and that graduation requirements are satisfied. These conditions will be checked in August upon receipt of the final marks from the Ministry of Education.

The University reserves the right to withdraw a provisional offer of admission if the above conditions are not met.

Early Provisional Admission from a BC High School

Students registered in grade 12 at a BC high school who are planning to attend UNBC in the September immediately following graduation are advised to apply for Early Admission (currently before the end of February). A provisional decision will be made based on the student's current grades and a provisional offer of admission will be made to applicants who are considered exceptional. The conditions associated with early provisional admission are that the applicant's academic average remain at or above the minimum, that all required courses are successfully completed, and that graduation requirements are satisfied. These conditions will be checked in August upon receipt of the final marks from the Ministry of Education. Where a student does not satisfy the three conditions, the University reserves the right to withdraw the provisional offer of admission.

BC High School Transcripts
Applicants who are required to submit official BC High School transcripts should contact the BC Ministry of Education:
Ministry of Education - Transcripts
PO Box 9886 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T6
General Information Telephone: (250) 356-7270
or
visit the Ministry of Education website:  www.bced.gov.bc.ca/transcript
 
Headstart Entry from a BC High School

Outstanding students who have completed BC grade 11, can demonstrate an exceptional academic record, and can provide evidence of above average maturity may apply for admission to UNBC. In many cases this may mean concurrently registering in one or two first-year introductory UNBC courses while completing grade 12. However, in exceptional cases, these applicants may be admitted to study as a full-time first-year student at UNBC.

To apply for Headstart entry, the application must be accompanied by an autobiographical letter indicating the applicant's areas of interest and reasons for wishing to attend UNBC, along with letters of recommendation from the high school principal and at least one teacher or counsellor from the school, and a complete high school transcript. Questions and correspondence should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Dual High School/University Credit
High school students in grade 12 who are in good standing, and have the recommendation from their principal or guidance counsellor, may enroll with UNBC in order to earn credits that can be used jointly as elective credits towards high school graduation and as first-year university credit towards a degree. This program is designed to allow high school students the opportunity to gain first hand experience in a university-level course while at the same time earning credits towards their high school diploma. High school students who successfully complete a course(s) can also apply the credits earned towards their future university degree. The courses offered to high school students will be first-year UNBC courses. In order to qualify for dual credit, the British Columbia Ministry of Education requires that the course be approved by the student’s home high school before the student registers for the course.
High school students wishing to take a UNBC course to obtain Dual Credit must be in grade 12 and must be in good academic standing at the time of application. In addition, students must obtain the signature of their principal (or guidance counsellor) and a parent or guardian (if
under 18 years old) indicating that they are capable of successfully completing a university-level course.
While students may take up to three courses from UNBC for Dual Credit, they may only take one course at a time. Upon completion of the course, a transcript will be mailed to the student and to the high school. It should be noted that successful completion of a Dual High School/University Credit course does not guarantee future admission to UNBC.

International Baccalaureate

Students who are awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit upon receipt of the official transcript from the International Baccalaureate headquarters. Students who are awarded the diploma must have an overall standing of four, with no course below a three. Diploma students are required to present three Higher level subjects and three Subsidiary level subjects in order to be eligible for transfer credits.

Students who are awarded the International Baccalaureate Certificate must have a grade of four in each Higher level subject to be eligible for individual course transfer credit. Subsidiary level subjects are not eligible for transfer credit on a certificate program.

A list of acceptable IB courses is available in the BC Transfer Guide (available online at http://www.bccat.ca/), or visit our Admission Requirements by Degree Groups table above.

Advanced Placement

Students who take the College Board Advanced Placement courses in high school may be awarded transfer credit upon receipt of the official exam results from the College Board. Courses completed with a grade of four or above will be awarded transfer credit. Students who have completed AP courses with a grade of three may be considered for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing allows a student to register in a higher level course without the required prerequisite. However, as credit is not awarded advanced standing will not reduce the number of credits that a student must accumulate to obtain a UNBC degree. As a result a student must make up this credit by completing another course to be used towards their degree requirements. A listing of acceptable AP courses for transfer credit is available on the BC Transfer Guide's website at  www.bctransferguide.ca/guides/ap).

British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, and have successfully completed the BC Adult Graduation Diploma and the appropriate entrance requirements for Degree Group at the Grade 12 level with an overall average of 65% or better. Applicants in this category are not required to complete a fifth grade 12 course as noted in the Admission Requirements by Degree Group table above.  



Admission from Secondary Schools and CEGEP in Other Canadian Provinces

Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Successful completion of an academic grade 12 program that leads to graduation and includes at least five courses with an overall 65% average selected from:
  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • at least three additional courses selected from the following: Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot  Language and Culture 30, Chemistry 30, Chinese Language and Culture 30, Cree 30, Cree Language and Culture 30, English 35, Experiential Science 30, Français 30-1 or 30-2, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, German 30/30S, German 31, German Language and Culture 30, German Language Arts 30, Gonawo K'e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian Language and Culture 30, Japanese Language and Culture 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Mathematics 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2, South Slavey 35, Spanish Language and Culture 30, Ukrainian Language and Culture 30/30S, Ukrainian Language Arts 30
  • additional level 30 or level 31 courses necessary for the successful completion of grade 12. The fifth course subject must be distinct from the four academic courses (e.g., English Language Arts 30-1 and English Language Arts 30-2 cannot both be used).
Saskatchewan
Successful completion of an academic level three (grade 12) program that leads to graduation and includes at least seven academic courses with an overall 65% average (five of which are at the 30 level) selected from:
  • English A30 and B30
  • Math A30, or B30, or C30 or Precalculus 30
  • at least three additional courses numbered 30 selected from the following subjects: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science 30, Economics 30, Français A30 or B30, French 30, Geography 30, Geology 30, German 30, History 30, Latin 30, Law 30, Mandarin 30, Mathematics 30, Native Studies 30, Physics 30, Psychology 30, Social Studies 30, Spanish 30, Ukrainian 30, Ukrainian Language Arts 30
  • additional acceptable courses necessary to graduate
Manitoba

Successful completion of an academic Sr 4 level (grade 12) program that leads to graduation and includes at least five courses with an overall average of 65% selected from:
  • English 40S (One of Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus)
  • three or more of the additional courses should be selected from the following: Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S, Français 40S, Geography 40S, History 40S, Language 40S, Law 40S, Mathematics 40S, Native Canadian Languages 40S, Physics 40S, Pre Calculus 40S, Social Science 40S/World Issues 40S, Western Civilization 40S
  • one additional course from above or another area at the 40A (advanced), 40G (general), or 40S (specialized) level and any further work necessary to graduate
Ontario

Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including five grade 12 U or 4U/4M courses with an overall 65% average including:
  • English 4U
  • four additional 4U/4M courses
All high school courses applied as prerequisites for UNBC courses must be drawn from the “University” designation. Not more than one course proposed for admission may be drawn from the “Arts” category.

Quebec

Successful completion of at least 12 acceptable university preparatory CEGEP courses with a minimum overall average of 70%, selected from:
  • at least two pre-university English courses
  • 10 additional pre-university courses deemed appropriate for entry into the academic program of choice
Students who complete more than 12 pre-university CEGEP courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each course may receive up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit.

Quebec Grade 12

Applicants who successfully complete a Quebec grade 12 program with an overall 65% average must present:
  • English
  • at least three additional university preparatory courses selected from Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Literature, Social Sciences, History, Geography
  • additional academic subjects required for graduation
New Brunswick

Successful completion of an academic (college preparatory) program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including at least six courses from:
  • English 121 or 122
  • at least three additional grade 12 academic courses coded 120/121/122 selected from Advanced Mathematics, Atlantic Literature, Biology, Calculus, Canadian Literature, Chemistry, Computer Education, Economics, Environmental Studies, Français, French, Geography, Geology, History, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Writing, World Issues
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Prince Edward Island

Successful completion of an academic or advanced academic program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including:
  • English 611 or 621
  • at least three additional courses numbered 611 or 621 selected from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Economics, Exploring Civilizations, Français, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, other languages, Physics, Political Science, Sociology
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Nova Scotia

Successful completion of an academic program (university preparatory) that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average and including at least five subjects from:
  • English 12, or English 12: African Heritage
  • at least two courses numbered 12 selected from Biology, Canadian Literature, Chemistry, French, Gaelic, Geography, German, Global History, Latin, Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Pre-Calculus Mathematics, other languages, Physics, Spanish
  • additional 12 courses from above or from Comparative Religion, Computer Studies, Earth Sciences, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Food Science, Global Geography, Geology, Law, Modern World Problems, Music, Political Science, Sociology or Statistics
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate
Newfoundland and Labrador

Successful completion of an academic program that leads to graduation with an overall 65% average, and including at least 13 credits selected from:
  • English 3201 or completion of the former Language 3101 and either Thematic Literature 3201 or Literary Heritage 3202
  • Mathematics 3200, 3201, 3204 or 3205
  • at least one of Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, Physics 3204, Earth Systems 3209
  • at least one of Advanced Writing 3103, Computer Technology 3200, Environmental Science 3205, Global Issues 3205, World Literature 3216, World Religions 3101/3106 or Geography, History or languages at the 3000 level
  • at least two additional credits at the 3000 level
  • additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate