Up-to-the-Minute FAQs

LFS FAQs

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Here is where you’ll find the information to satisfy your burning questions. While some content on this page will stay the same, we’re always updating it with new material to reflect what you have questions about depending on the time of year.

Registration

As of the 2017 Winter Session, the degree requirements in some of the FNH majors changed. The chart below will help you determine whether you should be following the old or new degree requirements. Please check the UBC Academic Calendar for the new curriculum, effective September 2017. If you still have questions about this, please contact LFS Student Services.

Student Group Must follow new degree requirements? Ability to switch to new degree requirements?
BSFN students in 2018W, year 3 and beyond, major declared, wish to remain in current major (students who started in BSFN prior to 2017W) No Yes
BSFN students in 2018W, year 3 and beyond, major declared, wish to change major in 2018W and beyond (students who started in BSFN prior to 2017W) No Yes
BSFN students in 2018W, intending to apply for Dietetics 2019W or beyond

Please note, the Dietetics prerequisites have changed for the 2019W admissions cycle and beyond. Therefore, students need to meet the new prerequisites listed here to apply.

Yes, but students who started in the BSFN program prior to 2017W should continue to follow their current (old) degree requirements (which can be found in Degree Navigator), and ensure they complete BIOL 155 for admission to Dietetics.

(please see note to the left)

NA (please see note to the left)
Newly admitted students (straight from high school) starting in BSFN for 2017W, 2018W and beyond, year 1 standing Yes NA
Newly admitted transfer students into BSFN for 2017W, year 2 standing and above No Yes
Newly admitted transfer students into BSFN for 2018W, year 1 standing and above Yes NA

*Students are not permitted to combine old degree requirements with new major requirements, or switch back and forth between the old and new requirements. If a student decides to change to the new major requirements, they cannot switch back to the old major requirements.

**To check your degree requirements, please see your Degree Navigator on your SSC (do not change your “degree version”) or you can view the old degree requirements in the UBC Academic Calendar archives, here.

***If you are a student in the BSFN program and started in 2016W or earlier and wish to follow the new requirements, please contact LFS Student Services to make your request.

There has been a new major added to the Applied Biology program - Sustainable Agriculture and Environment. With the addition of this new major, some students in the Applied Plant and Soil or Food and Environment majors may wish to review their degree requirements and assess if a switch to the new major is desired. The chart below will help you determine if you're eligible to switch. Please check the UBC Academic Calendar for the new curriculum, effective September 2018. If you still have questions about this, please contact LFS Student Services.

Students in the Applied Animal Biology major who wish to remain in the Applied Animal Biology major are NOT impacted by these changes.

Student Group Must follow new degree requirements? Ability to switch to new degree requirements?
BSAB students in 2017W, year one, no major declared, will select major 2018W and beyond No Yes
BSAB students in 2017W, years 2 and above, major declared, change major in 2018W and beyond No Yes
BSAB students in 2017W, years 2 and above, major declared, no change in major No Yes
Newly admitted students (straight from high school) into BSAB for 2018W and beyond, year 1 standing Yes NA
Newly admitted transfer students into BSAB for 2018W and beyond, year 1 standing Yes NA
Newly admitted transfer students into BSAB for 2018W, year 2 standing and above No Yes
Newly admitted transfer students into BSAB for 2019W, year 2 standing and above Yes NA

*Students are not permitted to combine old degree requirements with new major requirements, or switch back and forth between the old and new requirements. If a student decides to change to the new major requirements, they cannot switch back to the old major requirements.

**To check your degree requirements, please see your Degree Navigator on your SSC (do not change your “degree version”) or you can view the old degree requirements in the UBC Academic Calendar archives, here.

***If you are a student in the BSAB program and started in 2017W or earlier and wish to follow the new major requirements, please contact LFS Student Services to make your request.

You can find more information about this here. Once you’ve reviewed this information, if you still have questions about registering for courses, please contact LFS Student Services.

You can find more information about this requirement here.

If a course is blocked from registration, it usually means that there is a waitlist for the course. Check to see if there is a waitlist available, and if there’s a waitlist, please register onto it. If the waitlist is full, please keep checking to see if space on the waitlist becomes available (as you won’t be able to register into the course, as it’s blocked, even if you see spots available). It’s a good idea to check for space as frequently as possible (ex. every hour, every few hours).

If there is no waitlist available, check to see if there is a note on the UBC Course Schedule regarding why that particular course/section is blocked. If there is no note, the course may be full at that time.

Some courses are blocked because they require special approval by your Program Advisor - so you won’t be able to register into the course yourself. Some examples of these types of courses are: Directed Studies, Career Internship, Undergrad Thesis/Essay, etc. Please review this website for more information.

The courses you need to take depend on the program you’re in, and the major you’re planning on pursuing. Please click on the program below to find out more information.

That decision is up to you as it depends on the student. How many courses do you want to take each term? Do you have other commitments outside of school such as work or volunteering? Most students take 9-15 credits per term, so this would be 3-5 courses maximum. Please note, if you end up taking a reduced course load, this may delay your graduation, but students can try and catch up on course work over the summer (if the courses are offered).

We recommend that students prioritize taking core/required courses during the Winter Sessions. Students can more easily defer some electives or courses that are traditionally offered in summer sessions the following summer. Please be aware of course prerequisites (ensure you are meeting them or going through your courses in a general sequential order) and Year Promotion requirements for the following year – there may be some courses that are best taken in the Winter Session and not deferred to the summer!

Our Faculty does not have a definition for “full-time” or “part-time” status, as we do not require students to take a minimum number of courses per year i.e. if you want to take 1 course per term, that’s fine! It will just take you longer to complete your degree. Having said that, students need to ensure they meet the minimum credit requirements for:

  • On campus student housing (residence)
  • Maintaining your eligibility for any current or future scholarships, funding and/or student loans. (Please refer to your Enrolment Services Professional for more information).
  • Immigration requirements (study permit requirements and requirements to work on and off-campus).

All students are allowed to take a maximum of 32-33 credits a year, which is ~5 courses a term. For more information, please read the following page. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact LFS Student Services.

Please note, there is a pre-set limit to the number of credits you’re allowed to take per term – waitlists contribute to your overall credit requirement.

Check to see if you meet the prerequisites for the course. If you don’t meet the prerequisites, you aren’t eligible to take the course.

Check to see what the seat restrictions are (please review other FAQ’s for more information).

If you meet the prerequisites/remaining seat restrictions for the course and there is still space available, you should be able to register for it.

If a section says “restricted” beside it on the UBC Course Schedule, it does not mean it is restricted to you (or not for you), specifically. It means that only restricted seats are available. Those restricted seats are allocated to various groups of students which could include year standing, Faculty (LFS, Science, etc.), a specific program (must be in BSFN) or grade (ex. must have 75% or above to take this course). In some cases a portion of the seats are reserved so that students who require this course to complete their program can register. In other cases, an entire course is restricted because students can only take it if they are in a specific program.

You need to look at what the restricted seats are for each course and each section of a course that you want to take to see if you meet them, as they can vary between sections, and they can also change throughout the day during registration. If you meet the seat restrictions and you meet the prerequisites for the course, and there is space available, you should be able to register for the course.

If there are general seats available (seats that don’t have any restrictions on them, other than the course prerequisites), then any student should be able to register for those seats.

A prerequisite is a course that you need to have completed prior to registering for the selected course. If you don’t meet the prerequisite for a course, you are not eligible to take it.

For information on what a seat restriction is, please review other FAQ’s for more information.

Students need to meet the prerequisites for a course and meet the seat restrictions, to be eligible to take a course.

With worklists, you can “test” your registration prior to your registration date/time. Many courses will have prerequisites and say “Restricted” on the UBC Course Schedule. For more information about this, please review please review other FAQ’s for more information.

Is the warning you’re seeing in yellow or red?

  • If it’s in yellow, it’s simply just a warning to remind students to check that they are indeed eligible for the course. If you do have the prerequisites, you can ignore the error – when your date/time opens, you should be able to register yourself into the course, seats permitting. There is no need to contact the Faculty or department advisor regarding registration, despite the error message above.
  • If it’s in red, you don’t meet the course restrictions/prerequisites and you will not be able to register yourself into the course. If you feel this is an error and you do actually meet the prerequisites for a course (via transfer credits, etc.), please try and register onto a corresponding waitlist first and then contact LFS Student Services for additional help/questions.

A prerequisite is a course that the student must have completed prior to registering for the selected course.

A corequisite is a course that the student must take prior to OR concurrently with the selected course. The UBC Course Schedule and some course descriptions show prerequisite/corequisite requirements where applicable.

The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam assesses a student’s readiness to pursue academic work in critical reading and writing at a university level. This is different than the English Language competency requirement (IELTS or TOEFL).

The LPI exam can be used to meet the First-Year English Course Entry Requirements, if you do not meet any of the other requirements (e.g. a certain grade in English 11 or 12).

Please check to see if you meet the First-Year English Course Entry Requirements and if you don’t, you will need to take the LPI. Please pay attention to the deadlines listed under #4 on the website above, which outlines when you need to complete the LPI exam by, to remain registered in LFS 150 or ENGL 112.

Please review the UBC Academic Calendar for more information. If you still have questions about the LPI requirement, please contact LFS Student Services directly.

If you’re a 2nd-year standing student in LFS – you may receive a warning that you won’t be able to register unless you declare a specialization (which is the same thing as a major in LFS). This is normally done through the Student Service Centre (SSC) but in the few days before your registration opens, this function is not available.

We recommend waiting until your registration opens and then trying again. You should be able to declare your specialization then by:

  • Logging into your SSC under “Registration” –> “Specialization list” –> search by degree (either B.Sc. in Applied Biology or B.Sc. in Food, Nutrition and Health program) and then search for your specialization/major.

There are a lot of first-year Math courses at UBC and it can be confusing trying to figure out which courses you have to take! Please review the Math Departments website for a complete breakdown of the courses and requirements. It is highly recommend that you review this website before registering for your first-year math courses.

  • Differential Calculus: MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, 184, 110 are all equivalent, but with different applications and prerequisites, which is based on your high school Pre-Calculus grade and whether or not you took any calculus in high school. MATH 102 is generally recommended for all of our undergraduate programs, but we will accept any of the courses listed here towards this degree requirement.
  • Integral Calculus: MATH 101, 103, 105 are all equivalent but with different applications. MATH 103 is generally recommended for all of our undergraduate programs, but we will accept any of the courses listed here towards this degree requirement.

Credit/D/Fail is a great option for students wanting to take courses that aren’t related to their degree/program/major of study. For example, if you’ve never taken Portuguese before and you want to learn another language, or if you’re wanting to take a choir or drawing class, but you have no experience with choir/drawing, then this may be a good option for you.

LFS students may only take Unrestricted elective courses as Credit/D/Fail – Credit/D/Fail is NOT permitted for required core courses or restricted electives in LFS.

Please note that Credit/D/Fail may affect your eligibility for scholarships, awards, and/or funding, or your admissibility to other professional or graduate programs later on. So it is recommended that you check with LFS Student Services before taking a course as Credit/D/Fail. You can learn more about this in the UBC Academic Calendar.

Registering onto a waitlist is the only way to show interest in a course, when a course is already full or blocked from further registration. Another reason you may need to register onto a waitlist is if your transfer credits are generic (ex. CHEM 1st(4)) as the system won’t recognize them. Some courses have waitlists, and others don’t, so it’s important to check if a waitlist is available when a course is blocked/full. Seats usually open up in a course because students make changes to their schedules leading up to the add/drop deadlines each term. When this happens, students on the waitlist will be moved from the waitlist into the corresponding section in a priority sequence, by the department.

If you see a spot become available, you do not need to do anything! Do not remove yourself from the waitlist and try to register into the course, as you will lose your spot on the waitlist (as well as your priority).

If you are on a waitlist, keep checking your SSC to see if you have been moved into the corresponding course. Students are not normally notified when they have been moved from the waitlist into the corresponding section.

The department will monitor waitlists throughout the summer and into the start of term, therefore please be patient if you see a seat available. It is not an automatic process.

Lastly, being on a waitlist doesn’t guarantee that you will get into a course, but it is often the only way to be considered for a course if it’s blocked from further registration.

Are you confused about some of the terms used on the UBC Course Schedule? Are you wondering what they mean (such as Unreleased, Cancelled, STT)? For a full glossary, please check out the UBC Course Schedule here.

No, you don’t have to take summer courses if you don’t want to. Some students take summer courses to catch up on coursework or to try and get ahead on their coursework, but it’s not a requirement.

You can certainly take distance courses if you want to. However, if you are planning on applying for US Student Aid/US funding (now or any time during your studies at UBC), please check with your ESA to determine if you’re eligible to take distance courses.

No. Please review this website for more information.

You can learn more about this here – but please get in touch with LFS Student Services for more information.

Everything you need to know about BIOL 112 registration can be found on the UBC Microbiology Departments website here.

BIOL 140 is a first-year biology laboratory course – students need to register for the “primary section” before they can register into the lab section they want. To register into this course, you need to:

  • Register in 2 activity types (Lecture and Laboratory) to complete registration
  • Register into BIOL 140 sec 101 (in Term 1) or sec 201 (in Term 2). These are considered the primary sections - there are no meetings times for these sections.
  • Then register for a lab section (BIOL 140 sec 1XX) based on the term that you want that also fits your timetable. If there is no room in the lab section you want, register into another section if one is available. If waitlists are available register onto the waitlist for that section (waitlists will not be released until all sections are full). If there is no room on the waitlist, try another waitlist section.

BIOL 200 is a core second-year required course needed by many students. As the demand for this course is high, registration for the course can be challenging. Please read through this information very carefully so that you register for the course correctly!

  • Students need to register in all 3 activity types (Lecture, Laboratory and Tutorial) to complete registration.
  • To begin, you must register in BIOL200-000 (the “primary section”). You cannot access any of the other components of the course (lectures, lecture waitlists or tutorials) until you get a seat in the 000 section.

    • BIOL 200 uses a staggered seat release so about 1/3 of the seats per section per day will be released during the week of 2nd year registration as stated here.
    • If you successfully register into BIOL 200 000, but all lecture sections are full (ex. BIOL 200 101) or the sections that have space don’t work with your timetable, register onto a waitlist (BIOL 200 1W2) that works with your timetable. You can only register onto one of these specific waitlists if you’ve already registered for BIOL 200 000.
    • Once the 000 section is full, it will be blocked, and a waitlist for 000 will be opened. Its number is BIOL200-0W0 and you should register for the waitlist.
    • Biology never registers more students in 000 than they have seats for in lecture/ tutorial. Lecture and tutorial sections sometimes look like they have seats because students who are already in 000 have not completed their registration.
  • Anyone registering for BIOL 200 with any kind of transfer credit, or an equivalency that is not listed in the UBC Course Schedule, will receive a notification that they do not have the pre-requisites. If you are sure you have the pre-requisites, please disregard that message.

    • The registration system is not able to assess non-traditional credits, so it may send you a notification in error; however, Biology has set up the course so that the system cannot block you from registering in BIOL200 for that reason. If you are blocked from registration, it will be because the course is full/blocked, you are trying to register in a lecture/ tutorial without being registered in 000, or there is some kind of conflict in your timetable. Please read your warning message carefully and completely, and look to see if the 0W0 waitlist has been opened.
  • Biology works hard to help everyone get where they want to be in BIOL200, but sometimes it takes a while. Registration in BIOL200 continues to change (sometimes dramatically) right up to the add/drop deadline in September, so even if it’s challenging at first, please keep trying! Patience and perseverance generally pay off with BIOL200.
  • The Biology Department posts regular updates related to BIOL 200 registration during the registration period. Please check there first.
  • Do not contact the course instructors regarding registration issues. For other issues please check here for contact details.

If you took CHEM 121/123 here at UBC or you have transfer credits for CHEM 121/123, you can register for CHEM 233. If CHEM 233 is full, please register onto the waitlist.

However, if you have generic transfer credits (ex. CHEM 121 and CHEM 1st(4) or CHEM 1st(6 or 8) you’ll need to waitlist for CHEM 233. If you want more information about chemistry course registration, please review the Chemistry Department’s website.

If you failed CHEM 233 and you took CHEM 121/123 here at UBC or you have direct transfer credits for CHEM 121/123, you should be able to register for or waitlist for CHEM 233 when it’s offered next.

If you failed CHEM 233 and you have generic first-year chemistry transfer credits (ex. CHEM 1st(4)), you’ll need to take CHEM 123 at UBC before you can attempt CHEM 233 again. So please try and register for CHEM 123 as soon as possible. You can learn more about this requirement here.

Program Info

The Dietetics team has posted some helpful information on their website here.

Learn more about the differences between internships, practicums, and directed studies here.

Learn about how to switch your major here.

Academic Concessions

If you have missed an exam, please visit here for more information. Be aware, students who miss exams for any reason will need to provide documentation supporting their need to miss and/or defer their exam.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact your doctor or appropriate medical professional. If your medical emergency is going to impact your academics, you can find very specific instructions about what to do next here.

If you are experiencing a challenging personal issue, please review this website for instructions on what to do next. You may also wish to seek out support from UBC Counselling Services, or utilize the Empower Me program.

Finances, Awards & Scholarships

You can find general and LFS-specific information here, but please check this website for further information.

There are some scholarships available through UBC as well as some external scholarships. For helpful information on available UBC scholarships, please click here.

Each scholarship or award has its own eligibility criteria - please read the criteria carefully. You can read more about specific scholarships and awards here.

If you are having financial difficulties, it is important to speak with your Enrolment Services Advisor directly. You can find out who your ESA is by following the instructions here.

An ESA is an Enrolment Services Advisor - All undergraduate students in a degree program at UBC have a dedicated ESA to help you navigate UBC, from making a budget or applying for student loans to understanding UBC regulations and processes. You can find more information about this here.

If you have questions about your student loan eligibility, it is best to speak with your Enrolment Services Professional. There is helpful course load guide here as well.

Transfer Students/Transfer Credits

  • Learn about how your transfer credits are assessed and applied here and here.
  • If you are Year 2 standing and have declared a major/specialization, logging on to your Degree Navigator will show you how your transfer credit have been applied to your degree at UBC. Please note, while Degree Navigator is a very useful tool, transfer credits can occasionally be placed incorrectly. If you believe this is the case, please contact LFS Student Services to remedy the situation.
  • If you have not yet declared a major, you can also view your transfer credits through your Student Service Centre (SSC) under Grades & Records. You’ll need to choose ‘UBC-V’ as the campus, to accurately see your transfer credits.

This is a type of transfer credit called unassigned credit. Unassigned credit may be granted when course-to-course equivalency cannot be established. The name “PHIL” indicates which course code the course is most equivalent to at UBC (in this case, Philosophy). The “2nd” indicates what year level the credit has been assigned (in this case, it is a second year or 200-level equivalent course). The number in parentheses (3) indicates how many transfer credits you have been awarded for that course. Learn more about Transfer Credit definitions here.

  • Please find information on IB and AP transfer credit on the UBC Calendar here.
  • Please find information related to A-level transfer credits here.
  • You can also learn more about receiving first-year credit here.

If you are a transfer student into LFS, you are not required to take LFS 100 001. However, you must complete an exemption quiz in order to waive this requirement – therefore please register for LFS 100 XMT when you register for courses in June/July. You must be registered in LFS 100 XMT to receive information about the LFS 100 Exemption Quiz. An "exemption" is not the same as "credit". You may need to make up this 1 credit to meet your graduation requirements.

  • The LFS 100 exemption quiz is an exam that transfer students are eligible to complete so that they don’t need to actually take LFS 100 (a course that is designed for first-year students new to university life). Transfer students who are eligible to take this exam must register for LFS 100 XMT during their registration period, and will then be sent instructions in August of how to complete the exam online.
  • If you would rather attend LFS 100 001 even if you are eligible for the exemption quiz, you may do so and register for a regular section of LFS 100.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are required to maintain a minimum credit load this year for reasons such as student loans, student housing, awards/scholarships, etc., please consider your eligibility requirements before electing to take the LFS 100 exemption quiz. If you are unsure if you meet these requirements please contact LFS Student Services. International students with student loan funding are encouraged to contact Student Services regarding the LFS 100 Exemption Quiz.

Please see UBC’s maximum allowable transfer credit policy here. Generally, no more than 60 credits may be transferred or 50% of required program credits.

While you were a UBC student during your time studying in another program, the same maximum allowable transfer credit policy (as above) does apply. Students must complete a minimum of 50% of their required program credits in both the program and Faculty they wish to graduate from.

  • As part of the evaluation for admission to an undergraduate degree program, your previous post-secondary education is assessed for eligible transfer credit by the UBC Admissions Office. All transfer credit received, up to the maximum allowable total is applied to your degree using your Degree Navigator.
  • If you feel an error has been made in the transfer credit process, please visit the calendar here, and contact LFS Student Services.

Please see the UBC Academic Calendar for information on changing campuses. You can use the UBC Equivalency Search for more information about how you can use your UBC-O courses towards your degree requirements here. It is very important to note that students transferring between the two UBC campuses are not awarded “transfer credit” as students from other institutions receive. Your UBC-O courses are all transferable to UBC-V, but please note this does not mean they will all receive exact course equivalency for your UBC-V requirements. Please contact LFS Student Services if you have additional questions.

Graduation

The ceremony dates and times can be found on the graduation site here.

If you missed the application deadline, you may be able to submit a late graduation application in person. Please either email students@landfood.ubc.ca or come in to LFS Student Services for more information. If you have missed the late application deadline, you will need to wait until the next degree conferral date.

Yes. Please email students@landfood.ubc.ca and request a graduation check. Be sure to include your name and student number in your request. Please note, we cannot do official graduation checks until after your registration for your final term is finalized. If you make changes to your courses after requesting a graduation check, the graduation check is no longer valid.

If you would like to be included in the LFS Faculty composite, there will be information posted on the LFS Undergraduate Blog as it becomes available. You can find additional information about grad photos offered by UBC here (not included in the LFS Faculty composite).

Degree Navigator

Invalid courses are listed at the bottom of the page under “Invalid Courses”, and are courses that are not eligible to be used for your degree. These courses may be invalid due to:

  • Credit exclusion
  • Failed Grade
  • Standing Deferred (will be revalidated automatically once final mark is entered)
  • Not for credit in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Courses from your High School Record
  • If a course is listed as invalid and you believe it shouldn’t be, please contact LFS Student Services.

The red “x”s identify courses you still have to complete, according to your degree requirements. If you believe you have already completed a course that has a red “x” next to it, please contact LFS Student Services to discuss your Degree Navigator with an Academic Advisor.

Please contact an Academic Advisor at LFS Student Services to discuss any potential errors you may see in your Degree Navigator.

Please contact an Academic Advisor at LFS Student Services to discuss any potential errors you may see in your Degree Navigator.

  • First, double check the approved Restricted Elective list to see if the course you are wondering about is on the list for your respective program and major. If the course is on the approved list for your major, please contact LFS Student Services to remedy the error.
  • If the course is not on the approved Restricted Elective list for your program, you may be able to use it as an Unrestricted Elective. Learn about the difference between Restricted and Unrestricted Electives here.
  • If you are interested in taking a course that is not an approved Restricted Elective for your major, and have a valid reason as to how it contributes to your studies in relation to your major, you may contact your Program Advisor to discuss the potential of a one-time approval for it to be used as a Restricted Elective. Please note approvals are made at the Program Advisor’s discretion and students are encouraged to advocate for themselves and their learning goals when approaching taking different electives.

Final Exams

a. Please visit UBC’s Enrolment Services Exam website for more information on when exam schedules are released each term.

No. Making travel plans before your exams are over is not an appropriate reason to miss or defer an exam. Read more information about this in the Academic Calendar.

If you have to make travel plans before the exam schedule is released, please make them for after the last day of the official exam period.

Once released, you may view your exam schedule through your Student Service Centre (SSC).

You may also view the entire exam schedule here.

First, we encourage you to review UBC’s exam policies in the UBC Academic Calendar to learn about how exam clashes and hardships are defined.

If you still have concerns or believe you have an exam hardship or clash, please contact LFS Student Services.

Students are expected to sit all of their exams, but if extenuating circumstances arise, please review FAQ #XX and this page for more information. Be aware, students who miss exams for any reason will need to provide documentation supporting their need to miss and/or defer their exam.

Research

There are some research opportunities for undergrads within LFS - you can check them out here. You can also find other undergraduate research opportunities both inside and outside of LFS, as well as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Club.

Yes. If you have a research opportunity outside of your Faculty/Program, you should meet with your Program Advisor to discuss your plan.

Careers

There are two main ways to get help. The first is from our faculty’s Career Strategist. The Career Strategist provides LFS students with advice, support, and workshops about job search strategies, career development, and resume and cover letter help. The second way to get help is to connect with the resources and staff at the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.

There are so many job opportunities on campus! Work Learn offers over 2500 different employment opportunities throughout the year – from being a marketing assistant at the UBC farm to working in a lab, there are a number of positions that interest LFS students. Co-op positions are also available.

a. Please find more information about this here.

Getting Involved

The close-knit community of our Faculty means that there are several formal, and informal ways to get involved. If you are interested in being involved as a first-year student, consider volunteering at Agora café, or help out with Wednesday Night Dinners. If you are interested in student government, consider getting involved with LFS|US. If you want to give back to the LFS community, apply to be a Jumpstart Orientation Leader or help out with welcoming new to LFS students and be an Orientation Leader. If you are looking for more opportunities to flex your event planning muscles, join the ACE Team and be a part of a group of students who organize career and academic support for their LFS peers.

Degree Requirements

If you are a first-year student, you can find this information in the UBC Academic Calendar.

If you are a second-year or above student, you can find your degree requirements using Degree Navigator. You can learn more about Degree Navigator here.

Learn how to apply to change your degree program here. Students are also encouraged to contact LFS Student Services to learn more about transferring, and their options inside and outside of LFS

For additional information, please visit the following Faculty-specific websites for more information on transfer requirements:

Please review the registration FAQ section for more information. If you have questions about this, please contact LFS Student Services.

No, you cannot. If CAPS 301 is a degree requirement for your major, you’ll need to take CAPS 301. You cannot take BIOL 155 in lieu of this degree requirement.

No, but you can take BIOL 153 or CAPS 301 as an alternative course. If you have questions about this, please contact LFS Student Services.

Sessional Evaluations

Please review the following website for more information.

Please review the UBC Academic Calendar for more information about Academic Probation.

If you’re placed onto Academic Probation, we have a few recommendations that may help you to be successful in your next year:

  • Take a reduced course load to help you focus on the courses you are taking and help you do well in them. We recommend taking 3 or 4 courses per term maximum. However please note, it is still your responsibility to ensure you are maintaining your eligibility for any current or future scholarships, funding and/or student loans, student housing, etc.
  • Choose appropriate courses: Focus on required/core courses and Restricted Electives only. Unrestricted Electives are not permitted. We want to see you doing well in the courses that are required for your program/major of interest.
  • Take some time to review the campus resources/supports available at UBC – some important websites we recommend you review are: Student Services, The Learning Commons and AMS Tutoring.

An “Advising Block” is a block placed on a student’s registration, which will prevent them from registering, even after their registration date/time, until they have connected in with an advisor in LFS Student Services.

“Advising Required” is not a block – you will still be able to register for courses when your date/time opens but the student still needs to connect in with LFS Student Services.

There is always a reason for this block - we usually place an advising block/required after Sessional Evaluations in May and only if we need you to get in touch with us; it is usually related to academic advising or course planning – it’s nothing scary!

You can see if you have an “Advising Block” or “Advising Required” on your registration on your SSC in late May/early June, after Sessional Evaluations. If you see this, please contact our office as soon as possible, preferably before your registration date/time opens, and we’ll help you!

LFS Students should be following their degree requirements as they’re outlined in the UBC Academic Calendar (and/or Degree Navigator).

Students can certainly take non-LFS courses (Arts/Commerce/Forestry/Kinesiology courses etc.), but you can only take up to 6 credits of Unrestricted Electives (unless your major requires more than this) in a Winter Session. If you take more unrestricted electives than this, you will be considered in “Program Deficiency” at the end of the Winter Session, when we conduct Sessional Evaluations. If you are determined to be in "Program Deficiency," your registration will be blocked for the next registration cycle, and you will be required to connect with an Academic Advisor in LFS Student Services to discuss your plan before you will be permitted to register. If you intend on taking a suprlus of non-LFS-required courses, we encourage you to contact LFS Student Services to discuss your academic plan in detail.

LFS Students should be following their degree requirements as they’re outlined in the UBC Academic Calendar (and/or Degree Navigator). Following your degree requirements is essential for degree progress, year promotion, and ensuring a smoother transition from year to year, as your degree requirements have been arranged in a specific way for several reasons.

You may be able to take (some) courses out of order, but it’s recommend that you check with LFS Student Services first, to discuss your academic plan.

Please review the UBC Academic Calendar for more information about Failed Year Standing. You can also find information about readmission to the Faculty.