If you are not sure about the Faculty of Science second year application process please read the following link.  Decisions regarding admission to CAPS Honours specialization are made after students complete their winter term in second year Science. Please read the admissions procedures carefully.  Pay close attention to the Summary of Minimum BSc Program Requirements at UBC.

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For further inquires, contact the Undergraduate Advisor

What are the course requirements for the undergraduate Honours Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences program at UBC?

As of summer session 2013 ANAT 390, ANAT 391 and all undergraduate PHYL courses have been renamed to CAPS courses with equivalent numbers.

For students entering their second year in the Faculty of Science in the academic year 2013-2014 or later, the program requirements are:

First Year
Communications Requirement1 6
BIOL 112, 1212, 140 8
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 1043 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 1054 3
Total Credits 34
Second Year
BIOL 200, 201 (or BIOC 202) 6
BIOL 300 (or STAT 200) 3
CHEM 205 3
CHEM 211 4
CHEM 2336, 235 4
MICB 202 3
Electives7 12
Total Credits 35
Third Year
BIOC 301, 302 6
CAPS 301 6
CAPS 303 3
CAPS 390 3
Electives7 15
Total Credits 33
Fourth Year
CAPS 421 3
CAPS 422, 423, 424, 426 12
CAPS 4308 6
CAPS 4498 6
Electives7 3
Total Credits 30
Credits for Degree 132
1. A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see the  Communication Requirement
2. Students lacking Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 121.
3. MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may be substituted for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.
4. MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.
5. Students must take 3 credits of PHYS in addition to PHYS 101, 107 or 117.
6. CHEM 203 is accepted as a substitute for CHEM 233.
7.Electives must be taken to ensure the Faculty of Science Arts Requirements are met. Note that any extra elective credit taken in the first, second or third years can be applied to later elective credit requirements. Students in Honours specializations must complete the Bachelor of Science Honours Degree Options Requirements
8. Students will normally be required to take CAPS 430 and 449 in the same Winter Session.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Students are encouraged to take any electives that interest them.

The decisions are made in early May of second year, after all the applicants' winter session marks from second year become available on the online transcript

Yes, but we ask that you finish your Honours requirements in your first four years and if necessary take an additional year to complete your minor requirements. Depending on the minor program you have in mind, you may be able to do both in four years. Please note that you must have approval from the Faculty of Science as well as the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences to complete a minor program.

Yes, however, if the coming winter session will be your last and you will graduate in May, then you do not need to carry 30 credits to remain in an honours option. You need only as many credits as are required to fulfil all degree requirements. That provision is part of the normal regulations for honours options (see UBC Calendar). Otherwise, 30 credits are required.