Program Path - Science Studies 

Why enter a Science Studies program?
Why take Science Studies at UFV?
What type of courses will I take?
What do I need to get into the Science Studies program?
Who will be teaching me?
How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Sounds great. When should I apply?
What type of support will I get?
I'm interested. What's the next step?
Sounds good. What do I do now?
I'm not sure this program is for me. Can I speak to someone about my options?

Why enter a Science Studies program?
UFV’s Science Studies program is an introductory year of science for students. It functions as one of two categories designed for students entering UFV who wish to study science. If you have a strong academic background (B or better in high-school or college-level sciences and math) and want to take four or five classes each semester, you are encouraged to apply to the Bachelor of Science program, which gives you some registration advantage. All other science students entering first year should apply to Science Studies. 

Why take Science Studies at UFV?
UFV’s Science Studies program offers you flexibility and a chance to explore your options. It also provides you the opportunity to apply to the Bachelor of Science program without an additional application fee after one year of successful science studies and with 28 credits earned. Additionally, upon your successful completion of 60 credits with a 2.0 GPA (C average), you can apply to graduate with a UFV General Studies diploma. In addition, you can also complete the requirements for an Associate of Science degree.

  

What type of courses will I take?
‌The Science Studies program provides the opportunity to take the courses you are most interested in provided you meet the prerequisites of each individual course. However, as a student in the Science Studies category you are expected to pursue studies in math or science. We suggest you consult with the science advisor so you can customize your course selection to best suit your needs.

When preparing for first-year sciences, you should note each course’s pre- and/or corequisite requirements. Prerequisites must be taken before you register in your desired course. Corequisites must be taken at the same time or before your desired course.

Here is a list of typical first-year science classes, along with their prerequisites and corequisites:

MATH 111/112: Calculus I and II 
Prerequisites: Math 12* with a B or better. (All current Bachelor of Science programs at UFV require Math 111.) Math 111 is also a pre- or corequisite for Physics 111.
*Without a B in Math 12, students can take Math 110 or take the Math Placement Test to see where they can begin.

BIO 111/112: Introductory Biology I and II
Prerequisites: Biology 12 and Chemistry 11.

CHEM 113/114: Principles of Chemistry I and II
Prerequisites: Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12 and Math 12.

PHYS 111/112: Mechanics/Electricity and Magnetism
Prerequisites: Physics 11 is required and Physics 12 is recommended. B grade or better in Math 12 is also required because Math 111 is a pre- or corequisite of PHYSICS 111.

PHYS 101/105: Introductory General Physics — Mechanics and Fluids/Non-Calculus Physics
Prerequisites: Physics 11 and Math 12.

  

What do I need to get into the Science Studies program?
You should have B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent; or be least 19 years old by the first day of your classes.

Who will be teaching me?
Who knows about sciences better than the people actually doing research in the field? Not only do our faculty members have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas and research they will be sharing with you. They are committed teachers who are passionate about communicating their knowledge about science and cultivating an enthusiasm in the students learning it.

How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Consult the UFV calendar at http://www.ufv.ca/calendar/2013_14/ProgramsM-P/OPEN_PATHS.htm for a complete list of fees, keeping in mind that fees given are for last year and 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

 

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.

What type of support will I get?
As a UFV student there is plenty of support available. For more information about support and student services at UFV, visit www.ufv.ca/studentservices and learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

You should know that access to other courses at UFV, including first-year English, may require other prerequisites. The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam or Composition Placement Test (CPT) are recommended assessment tests. It’s always best to check the online UFV calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar for accurate prerequisite details.

  

I’m interested. What’s the next step?
‌Check out our online calendar at http://www.ufv.ca/calendar/2013_14/index.asp or our website at ww.ufv.ca/Faculty_of_Science.  Make sure you read the Science Studies information carefully. Visit the download centre and download the appropriate application forms. You can then either mail your complete application, along with the documents listed in the calendar and the $45 processing fee, to any UFV campus or centre on or transmit it through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca.

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Apply right away. Visit  www.ufv.ca/ar/admissions/apply for a step-by-step process to becoming a UFV student. If you have specific questions, please contact the science advisor at 604-557-4079 or scienceadvice@ufv.ca to get all the details.

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely! We want to hear from you. 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 information session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling. You can also call UFV any weekday to make an appointment to speak with a counsellor or advisor. For specific information about Science Studies contact the science advisor at 604-557-4079 or scienceadvice@ufv.ca

 

 

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