Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Non-Competitive Entry Programs

Meeting the listed admission requirements and the minimum average needed to apply guarantees admission to a non-competitive entry program. The admission average is calculated using English 12 or BC First Peoples 12 (or student's local equivalent), and the next three highest Academic Grade 12 courses with an additional Grade 12 class (which can be an elective or an additional Academic Grade 12 - whichever is highest). Upon application, students apply with “self-declared” grades as final Grade 12 grades may not yet be available. Self-declared grades will be used for awards consideration if awards application deadlines are met. Students will be given a 5% margin in awards consideration (e.g. award recipients declaring an 85% average will still receive their award if their final average is 80%).

Students can be admitted to their program without the courses listed under “High School courses required for degree completion” but will be required to take adjusted first-year schedules to account for missing prerequisites. This could lead to prolonged degree completion timelines. In the event that UNBC does not offer a course equivalent to the required prerequisite, students are responsible for seeking and completing outside coursework to continue their UNBC studies.

Arts

65% average required among the following five courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12
  • Three approved Academic Grade 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
Major High School courses required for degree completion
Anthropology ---
Economics Pre-Calculus 12*
English ---
Environmental and Sustainability Studies ---
First Nations Studies ---
General Arts ---
Geography ---
Global and International Studies ---
History ---
Nature-Based Tourism Management ---
Northern Studies ---
Political Science ---
Public Administration and Community Development ---
Women's Studies ---

*An alternative UNBC prerequisite is offered - please contact futurestudents@unbc.ca to learn more.

Commerce

65% average required among the following five courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12
  • Three approved Academic Grade 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
Major High School courses required for degree completion
Accounting Pre-Calculus 12*
Finance Pre-Calculus 12*
General Business Pre-Calculus 12*
Human Resources Management Pre-Calculus 12*
International Business Pre-Calculus 12*
Marketing Pre-Calculus 12*

*An alternative UNBC prerequisite is offered - please contact futurestudents@unbc.ca to learn more.

Science

65% average required among the following five courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12
  • Three approved Academic Grade 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
Major High School courses required for degree completion
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*, Physics 12*
Biology Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*, Physics 12*
Chemistry Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*, Physics 12*
Computer Science Pre-Calculus 12*
Conservation Science and Practice Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*
Environmental Science Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*, Physics 12*
Forest Ecology and Management Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*
Geography Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*, Physics 12*
Integrated Science Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*, Physics 12*
Mathematics Pre-Calculus 12*
Physics Physics 12*, Pre-Calculus 12*
Psychology ---
Wildlife and Fisheries Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy and Physiology 12, Pre-Calculus 12*

*An alternative UNBC prerequisite is offered - please contact futurestudents@unbc.ca to learn more.

Planning

65% average required among the following five courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12
  • Three approved Academic Grade 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
Major High School courses required for degree completion
First Nations Planning Pre-Calculus 12*
Natural Resources Planning Pre-Calculus 12*
Northern and Rural Community Planning Pre-Calculus 12*

*An alternative UNBC prerequisite is offered - please contact futurestudents@unbc.ca to learn more.


Competitive Entry Programs

Meeting the minimum average and course requirements for a competitive entry program does not guarantee admission, as space is limited in each program. A competitive average is established yearly based on that year’s applicant pool. Students above the established average may be offered early provisional admission. After the application deadline, students are admitted on a rolling basis as seats are accepted or declined. Deadlines may be extended based on capacity.

Applied Science

75% average required among the following five courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12
  • Two Academic Science 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
  • Chemistry 11 (not used in admission average calculation but must be completed)
Major High School courses required for recommended first year schedule
Civil Engineering Physics 12*, Chemistry 12
(recommended due to related first year course content)
Environmental Engineering Physics 12*, Chemistry 12, Biology 11 or 12
(recommended due to related first year course content)

*An alternative UNBC prerequisite is offered - please contact futurestudents@unbc.ca to learn more.

Health Sciences

70% average required among the following courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12 (70% minimum)
  • Biology 12 (70% minimum)
  • Two additional Academic Grade 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
  • Chemistry 11 (70% minimum)
  • Pre-Calculus 11 (70% minimum)
Major High School courses required for degree completion
Biomedical Studies Pre-Calculus 12*
Community and Population Health:
Aboriginal and Rural Health
--
Community and Population Health:
Environmental Health
--

*An alternative UNBC prerequisite is offered - please contact futurestudents@unbc.ca to learn more.

Nursing

67% average required among the following courses:

  • English 12 or BC First Peoples 12 (67% minimum)
  • Biology 12 (73% minimum, completed within 5 years of acceptance)
  • Two other Academic Grade 12 courses
  • One additional Grade 12 course (Academic or Elective, whichever has the highest grade)
  • Chemistry 11 (67% minimum)
  • Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 (67% minimum)

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Post-Secondary Required Programs

University credit for the following programs must be from an accredited institution. All transfer credit and GPA calculations will be assessed upon application to the University.

Education

Specialization Admission Requirements Minimum UNBC GPA Requirement
Elementary 90 credit hours of University coursework, including prerequisite courses. 2.33 GPA
Secondary 4-year or 3-year Bachelor’s degree with a teachable major or two teachable minors plus 30 additional credit hours of university-transferable coursework. 2.33 GPA

Additional Information: Must provide references and additional non-academic supplementary application. Please visit the Education website for more information

Social Work

Specialization Admission Requirements Minimum UNBC GPA Requirement
Child Welfare Specialization 60 credit hours of university-transferable Liberal Arts or Science coursework including:
FNST 100
WMST 100
SOCW 200
SOCW 201
or equivalent
2.67 GPA
First Nations Specialization 2.67 GPA

Additional Information: Must provide references and additional non-academic supplementary application. Please visit the Social Work website for more information