An incredibly useful post on the whole transition aspect from high school-first year, probably the best thing I’ve ever seen: Transition: High school to first year
First year course registration can be rather chaotic for many, but breathe, and everything will be alriiighttt. Be less stressed and more EXCITED! It’s kind of hard to fit in elective type courses in first year with science because SO many first year courses are pre requisites for upper year courses, and if you don’t have them, then obviously you can’t move on, doing those certain upper year courses.
SOME SHINGDINGS ON FIRST YEAR SCIENCE COURSES:
First Year Courses I Took – English 110; Psych 101; Phys 101 Biology 112,121; Math 100,101; Chemistry 121, 123. Summer course: EOSC 114. I wish I had taken Biology 140(apparently everyone and their grandma and their grandma’s cat, just hates this course — so if you can gain credit for it beforehand TAKE THE CREDIT AND GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE!)
FIRST YEAR SCIENCE COURSES (these are the ones that everyone pretty much takes)
First year Bio Courses:
- Biology 111 (this is if you don’t have credit for Biology 12—you need this for Med school as well, but if you have Bio 12 then it’s fine)
- Biology 112(Pharmacy pre req)
- Biology 121 (Med school/Pharmacy pre req)
- Biology 140 (Med school/Pharmacy pre req)
First year Chem Courses:
- Chemistry 111(If you don’t have credit for Chemistry 12 — also fits for Med school/Pharmacy pre req)
- Chemistry 113(If you don’t have credit for Chemistry 12 — also fits for Med school/Pharmacy pre req)
- Chemistry 121(Med school/Pharmacy pre req)
- Chemistry 123(Med school/Pharmacy pre req)
First year Physics Courses:
- Physics 100 (If you don’t have credit for Physics 12 — you need this before going on with Physics 101)
- Physics 101(Pharmacy pre req. This isn’t a Med school pre req — but material from this will be on the MCAT)
- Physics 102(this isn’t a Med school pre req — but material from this will be on the MCAT)
- Physics 107 (Enriched Physics I — for those incredibly smart people that got 85% and above in Physics 12 — this is also recognizable as a pre req for Med School)
- Physics 108(Enriched Physics II — the ‘next part’ of Physics 107)
- Physics 109 — this is the accompanying lab course for Physics 108.
- **And a notes about the Enriched Physics courses — it’s a lot of work(my friends have told me that, the ones that were brave enough to take them)….so unless you actually plan on majoring in something like Physics, or REEEAAALLLY enjoy it, I would probably recommend you take Phys 101 and/or 102)
First year Math Courses(all these courses are pre reqs for Pharmacy–they aren’t ‘pre reqs’ for Med School, but you still need them in order to do upper year Chem courses and first year Physics needs Differential Calculus:
- Math 100,102,104,120*, 180*,184* (you just need ONE of these)
- *Math 180/184(for those that don’t have credit for Calculus 12)
- Math 101,103,105,121*(again, you just need ONE of these)
- *Math 120 (Honours Math for those that scored 95% or higher in BC Math 12 )
- *Math 121 (Honours Math for those that scored 95% or higher in BC Math 12)
First year English Courses(You need 6 credits of first year English — so that’s two courses):
- English 112(recommended by both Med and Pharm — most Science students do this one, so this is VERY recommended) or English 100(Mainly Arts students take this course)
- English 110(most students tend to do this one),111, 120, or 121.
- SCIE 113 – What is it? “students study science in society, scientific process, and how to communicate scientific concepts” — For your B.Sc degree — you need 6 credits of communication requirements — Scie 113 is worth 3 credits, and you can take that course to fill half of that requirement — BUT keep in mind that it will not be a part of the six communication requirements needed for Med, but UBC Pharm does accept it.. In my opinion if you’re planning on applying for Med/Pharm — you’d be better off not doing SCIE 113 – just in the sense that you’re more ‘safe’ with credits for a course such as English 112, especially if you plan on going away from UBC. Also keep in mind that SCIE 113 DOES fulfill half the communication requirements for your BSc degree though…just not if you want to go into med and such. I’m sure you could always take SCIE 113 AND two other communication courses though if you really wanted to.