2nd year Requirements

Congratulations on your acceptance into 2nd year Integrated Sciences!

Now that you are an Integrated Sciences student it is time to start planning the integrated program you wish to pursue. In order to continue in Integrated Sciences for 3rd year you must have a degree proposal consisting of a vision statement and a curriculum rationale approved by Integrated Sciences. This process is in place to help you focus your studies and ensure that you're meeting specialization requirements. Here are the steps you should take:

1. Create an Integrated Sciences Account (Deadline July 31, 2023).

It is essential that you create an account with a reliable e-mail address as this is how we will contact you with important specialization and course information. Click here to create the account: https://plan.intsci.ubc.ca/

2. Register for 2nd year courses.

Register in the pre-requisites of courses you plan to take in 3rd and 4th year.
Register in courses that will allow you to meet promotion requirements to year 3: https://intsci.ubc.ca/advising/promotion
Register in courses that will allow you to complete the Faculty of Science’s Faculty Requirements: https://science.ubc.ca/students/requirements/faculty

3. Begin an Integrated Sciences Degree Proposal.

Start putting your ideas online - What do you wish to accomplish with your degree? Why Integrated Sciences? What will you integrate? What issues will your integration allow you to better understand? You can also start listing courses you think would be beneficial to your degree. All of this will allow Integrated Sciences advisors and mentors to get an idea of what you are interested in before they meet you.

4. Contact an Integrated Sciences Advisor.

For questions about the specialization or about 2nd year registration please feel free to contact the Integrated Sciences office by e-mail intsci@science.ubc.ca. We can also meet with you via Zoom. Please note we are working remotely.

5. Meet with a Faculty Mentor.

Contact a faculty member whose area of interest is similar to what you wish to pursue (It doesn't have to be an exact match). This mentor should be a professor at UBC. If the mentor wishes to support you with your proposal they will sign on as your mentor. You may be required to revise your proposal a few times before submitting it for approval.

6. Submit your degree proposal for approval (Deadline Feb 12, 2024).

Once your program is approved the degree proposal becomes a contract between you and the university and you therefore will need to complete all of the courses you have listed (in addition to Faculty of Science requirements) in order to obtain your degree. If you would like to make changes to the contract, you may do so with permission of your mentor and the Integrated Sciences office.


July 31, 2023: All Integrated Sciences students must create a degree proposal account.

January 15, 2024: All Integrated Sciences students must have a mentor by this date. The mentor must sign on to your degree proposal to indicate that he or she is your mentor.

February 12, 2024: All Integrated Sciences students must have completed and submitted their Degree Proposal to their mentor for approval by this date.

March 15, 2024: All Degree Proposals must be approved by the faculty mentor and submitted to the IS office for final approval by this date.

To be promoted to third year your Degree Proposal must be approved.


2nd Year Registration Guidelines:

Promotion Requirements to enter 3rd year in Integrated Sciences:

"Students in the Integrated Sciences specialization require at least 12 Science credits at the 200-level or above; at least two areas of Science must be included in those 12 credits. Students must submit a Degree Proposal to their program office by the end of second year. " - UBC Academic Calendar.

2nd year students should take pre-requisites to upper-level courses they plan to include in their integrations. In addition they should take courses allowing them to meet the Faculty of Science Lower-level requirements.

ISCI 300 is recommended in 2nd year. It is a 1-credit course and can be taken in addition to a full course load.

Here are some sample 2nd year course lists for Integrated Sciences students:
If you plan on including Physiology, Microbiology or Pharmacology related courses in your disciplines:

BIOL 200, 201 (or BIOC 202)


BIOL 300 (or STAT 200)


CHEM 205


CHEM 211


CHEM 233, 235


MICB 211 and/or MICB 212 flexible on interests


BIOL 260 3



If you plan on including PSYC courses in your integration:

CHEM 233, 235


PSYC 101, and one of PSYC 216PSYC 217PSYC 277PSYC 260PSYC 270


PSYC 304


BIOL 200, 201 (or BIOC 202)



If you plan on including Computer Sciences

CPSC 210


CPSC 221


Pre-requisites to upper-level courses (common requirement 2nd year MATH or STAT)  



If you plan on including Genetics/Evolutionary Biology in your integration:

Take BIOL 234

If you plan on including Nutrition in your integration:

Take FNH 250

If you plan on including Cognitive Science in your integration:

COGS 300 and 3 CPSC credits.

If you plan on including Data Science in your integration:

Take DSCI 100


Common Registration Answers

  • NSCI courses are only for students registered in the neurosciences specialization. If you are planning on integrating something related to neuroscience you'll need to include courses related to the topic offered by other specializations such as PSYC, BIOL, CAPS.
  • BIOL 200 and 201 Registration - BIOL 200 uses a staggered seat release where about 1/3 of the seats per section per day will be released during the week of 2nd-year registration.  For BIOL 200 please register in the primary section (000), then a lecture section (101-105), and finally a tutorial section (TXX).  For BIOL 201 please register in a lecture section (201-204) and a tutorial section (TXX).  If you have course prerequisite questions please contact the course coordinator: BIOL 200 – Please email biol200@biology.ubc.ca BIOL 201 – Please email biol201@biology.ubc.ca
  • If a course is restricted to a specific specialization register on the waitlist (for example FNH 250).
  • For KIN courses please register on the waitlist. Pre-requisites for upper-level KIN courses are waived for Integrated Sciences students.