Planning Your Degree

Planning the degree you wish to take, and learning how to get to graduation can be challenging. There are many options for you to explore, and several different majors and minors available to you.

  • Once you have chosen a degree, how do you get to graduation?
  • How do you know what courses to pick, and when to take them?
  • What if you have transfer credits?
  • Are there other graduation requirements besides specific courses?

We are here to help guide you on the path to achieving your personal academic goals.


Academic Breadth Requirements

Students pursuing a degree in Arts (BA), Commerce (BComm), Health Sciences (BHSc), and Science (BSc) at UNBC are required to meet the University's Academic Breadth Requirements, as a condition of graduation. Each graduate is required to have successfully completed at least one course (minimum 3 credit hours) from each of the following four quadrants: Arts & Humanities, Physical Science, Natural Science, and Social Science.

Academic Breadth Requirements


Choosing Your Major​

Students must declare a major at UNBC by the time they have completed 30 credit hours.

Declaration of Major

Do you know what majors are available? View the list of programs and degrees available at UNBC.

Your student advisor can provide you with major options. Complete our checklist and bring it with you to an advising appointment.

Choosing your Major Checklist


Letter of Permission

A Letter of Permission (LOP), is recommended for students that wish to enroll in a course at another institution while still a current student at UNBC.

An LOP may be taken in conjunction with your currently enrolled courses, or while you are away from UNBC for a semester. You remain an ‘active’ student if you have an LOP issued. Your student advisor can assist you with questions about selecting courses that meet your degree requirements.

Letter of Permission Application


Preparing for a Professional Program

If you are planning on applying to a professional program such as Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry or Veterinary school, there are specific courses and exams you need to take to be eligible for admission. Our pre-professional requirements sheet is a guide to help you with this planning process.

Please always check with the program you wish to apply to for updates and additional requirements.

Pre-Professional Program Requirements


Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is assessed when you are admitted to UNBC from another institution, or when you take another course and send the Office of the Registrar an updated official transcript.


UNBC Student Career Centre

The UNBC Student Career Centre has created a ‘What Can I Do with My Degree?’ section to help you learn what you can do with the major you have chosen.

You can also find out about co-operative education and current student job postings.