Bachelor of Science degree

Why earn a Bachelor of Science degree?
What type of career can I expect?
Why study at UFV?
How is the program structured?
What do I need to get in?
How will the BSc prepare me for graduate studies?
I only plan to study for two years. Can I still earn a degree?
I'm thinking of switching to UFV. Can I transfer my university credits?
How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Is there a co-op program?
Sounds great. When should I apply?
I'm interested. What's the next step?
Sounds good. What do I do now?
I'm not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options? 

Why earn a Bachelor of Science degree?
A Bachelor of Science degree can open many doors and create plenty of opportunities. Where your science degree takes you will depend on your interests and goals. UFV offers a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and physical geography. During the four-year BSc program, you will either complete a major from the above mentioned programs, or you also have the option of completing minors in two of these science subjects, including the additional options of computing science and statistics. UFV also offers honours degrees in biology, physics or physical geography which is excellent preparation for graduate school. Any BSc major can be combined with an arts, kinesiology, computer information systems or business administration minor. At UFV our goal is to produce graduates who are scientifically literate, can think critically, and use their scientific skills in work settings.

What type of career can I expect? 
UFV’s BSc program will prepare you for a variety of careers, depending on where you want to go. Your options can include research or management with science-related organizations in government or the private sector, work as a lab assistant, or teaching at the elementary or secondary level. As a science major, you will graduate with a broad, high-quality foundation in your chosen field. Once you earn your BSc, you’re ready to compete for entry-level positions such as lab technicians or managerial trainees with companies that require solid background knowledge in the sciences. Usually, studies in the sciences are required as prerequisites for entry into specialized fields of study, including medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

 

Why study at UFV?
A major advantage of studying science at UFV is the low instructor to student ratio, which creates a personalized learning environment. We feature small classes and labs, giving you plenty of opportunity for hands-on lab experience, as well as the chance to get to know your instructors and fellow students.

Our lab facilities are modern and well-equipped. We also have a Math Centre, and a Writing Centre where you can go for help or enrichment in those subjects. In addition, there is a Science Centre where you can study and share ideas with other students. Our instructors are dedicated primarily to teaching. Although they stay current in their field through scholarly activity, their main focus is to provide a stimulating learning experience for their students.

How is the program structured?
As a BSc student, you must complete the requirements for your major and/or minor(s), along with the the specified Bsc requirements. For more detail, please refer to the academic calendar.
Academic Calendar - Science main page




What do I need to get in?

Entrance requirements 

See the University Academic Calendar for complete details.



How will the BSc prepare me for graduate studies?
‌ If you plan to pursue an advanced degree or certificate after completing your bachelor’s degree or continue at a professional school, UFV’s BSc will provide a solid foundation to help you qualify for these programs. For example: A physics major is acceptable preparation for some Engineering schools. A mathematics major together with a business minor is excellent preparation for management opportunities. A chemistry major is a good choice for students interested in becoming laboratory technicians. Many of our graduates have entered teacher-training programs and are now teaching in B.C. secondary schools. You might also choose to work towards meeting the entrance requirements for medical or other health related professional schools (doctor of medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, etc.) while you’re also completing graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a biology major.

I only plan to study for two years. Can I still earn a degree? 
Yes. While in the Bachelor of Science program, you can complete the requirements for the Associate of Science (ASc) degree, which is a two-year credential designed to help students transfer to another university. If your plans change, the ASc ladders directly into UFV’s BSc program.

I’m thinking of switching to UFV. Can I transfer my university credits? 
Absolutely! Transfer students are welcome at UFV. If you have completed university-level courses at other postsecondary institutions you can apply for the BSc at UFV. A maximum of 90 transfer credits may be transferred to UFV for the science program. However, not all of your courses may be applicable and it’s best to check with the UFV science advisor or a UFV educational advisor. If you have significantly more than 90 credits, you might consider completing your studies at your original institution. Most of the lower-level courses (100- and 200- level) offered as part of the BSc program are transferable to all B.C. universities. You should consult the online B.C. transfer guide at bctransferguide.ca/

If you’re enrolling in UFV upper-level courses with the intention of completing a degree at another institution, you should consult that institution for possible transfer credit of these courses. 

 

How much will it cost?
‌ Consult the "Fees and Other Costs" in the UFV Academic Calendar ufv.ca/calendar, keeping in mind that new fees are usually set in May. In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to cover additional costs of $80 to $100 per course for books and other supplies. It’s worth a visit to the UFV financial aid and awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget planning worksheet is available online at www.ufv.ca/fineaid/budget 

Is there a co-op program?
You can earn your BSc with work experience through the co-operative education option. UFV is currently developing closer ties to local biotechnology companies with the goal of facilitating more student co-op placements and summer jobs. Contact the UFV Career Centre for more details.

Sounds great. When should I apply? 
If you are planning to start your studies in September, we encourage you to submit your applications beginning October 1 of the previous year. Once that process is successful, you will be notified about when to register for specific courses.

I’m interested. What’s the next step? 
Browse through the "Program Index" in the UFV Academic Calendar ufv.ca/calendar .  Once you choose a program, ensure that you meet the "Entrance Requirements", then you may apply to the program through the Office of the Registrar.

If you have any questions regarding the science programs, feel free to make an appointment with a Science Advisor in the Science Advice Centre.

 

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Apply right away. Visit  Admissions and Records for a step-by-step process to becoming a UFV student. Have specific questions? Contact the science advisor at 604-557-4060. 

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about
my options?
 
We want to hear from you. For specific information about the Bachelor of Science degree contact the science advisor at 604-557-4060, or email scienceadvice@ufv.ca .

If you are unsure of your direction, please contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling. You can also call UFV any weekday to make an appointment to speak to a counsellor or advisor. 

 

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