By starting your UBC Engineering degree in the Vantage One Applied Science program, you will gain a strong foundation of core knowledge in engineering, while also developing your English language skills. You will also have the opportunity to work in teams and learn through critical analysis and research. Coursework ranges from sustainability and engineering, to matter and energy, and computation in engineering design, with Term 3 of the program taught at the picturesque UBC Okanagan campus.

Placement into second-year engineering programs will be based on an evaluation of your first-year averages and a personal statement. You can complete your BASc degree at UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campuses.


  • First year of UBC’s Bachelor of Applied Science, when you complete the Vantage One Applied Science program you will be fully prepared to transition into second year of the degree, so the program doesn’t add extra study time.
  • Dual campus structure allows students to experience both the iconic UBC Vancouver campus in Term 1 and 2, then the beautiful UBC Okanagan campus in Term 3 and possibly onwards.
  • Program includes Academic English courses designed to bolster language skills alongside academic studies.
  • Small class sizes ensure a heightened degree of support from both fellow classmates and faculty.
  • With over 50 highly-trained faculty and staff at Vantage One, you are surrounded by a strong support network to enhance their academic performance, English language development, study skills, and overall preparedness for continuing your degree studies at UBC.


Okanagan Campus: Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering.

Vancouver Campus: Chemical, Chemical and Biological, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geological, Integrated, Materials, and Mining Engineering.

*Please note that although Civil and Mechanical Engineering are offered at the UBC Vancouver campus, they do not appear in this list as these specializations are not available to Vantage One students at this time. These specializations are available to Vantage One students at the UBC Okanagan campus.

Wondering how you can progress from Vantage One to Year 2 of your UBC degree? Learn more here.


The Faculty has reserved space for all UBC Vantage College Engineering Stream students to be able to transition to a second year program. Half of the reserved spaces are located at the Okanagan campus, and the other half are located at the Vancouver campus.

UBC Vantage College students in the Engineering stream who pass all courses and have achieved an average of 60% will be eligible for year two of the BASc degree program.

Program selection is competitive, and all students will be asked to rank both their preferred campus and their eligible program. Both academic performance and a personal statement are considered in placing students into programs in second year.

Students who do not successfully complete the full UBC Vantage College Engineering Stream or who achieve an average lower than 60% in the full program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for evidence of academic promise for continued study in Engineering at UBC.

The Vantage College Engineering Stream is not equivalent to the direct entry BASc first year program. Therefore, while successful completion of the Vantage College Engineering Stream will result in eligibility for second year standing, there are program requirements normally completed in first year that will not have been met and that must be completed prior to graduation.

Learn more:

UBC Engineering Viewbook (includes both Vancouver and Okanagan content)


Between September and July, you will be registered in the following courses:

APSC 160 (3)
Introduction to Computation in Engineering Design
Analysis and simulation, laboratory data acquisition and processing, measurement interfaces, engineering tools, computer systems organization, programming languages.

APSC 176 (3)
Engineering Communication
Purpose, audience, content, format, and tone are studied, as are team-based report writings and presentations. Community Service Learning projects are integrated into existing assignments.

APSC 172 (3)
Engineering Analysis I
Functions, limits, differentiation, applications of derivatives, integration, applications of definite integrals.

APSC 173 (3)
Engineering Analysis II
Integrals and transcendental functions, techniques of integration, applications of integration, polar coordinates, infinite sequences and series, vectors and the geometry of space, and partial derivatives.

APSC 178 (4)
Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves
Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss' law, electric potential, conductors, capacitance, electric currents, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields and forces, sources of magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, mechanical waves, electromagnetic waves, light propagation, geometrical optics.

APSC 179 (3)
Linear Algebra for Engineers
Systems of linear equations, Gaussian elimination, engineering application of linear algebra, matrix operations, special matrices, determinants, vector space, orthogonality, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, linear transformation.

APSC 180 (3)
Force vectors, Cartesian coordinate system, free body diagram, dot and cross products, forces equilibrium of particles, force and moment equilibrium of rigid bodies, analysis of trusses, frames and machines, friction, wedges, pulleys, and belts. Applications of linear algebra in statics.

APSC 182 (3)
Matter and Energy I
Thermometry, states of matter and phase change, ideal and real gases, 1st law of thermodynamics, 2nd law of thermodynamics, liquids, solutions.

APSC 183 (3)
Matter and Energy II
Atomic structures and bonding, solid crystals, chemical equilibrium, reactions in gas phase and in aqueous solutions, acid-base and redox reactions, kinetics of chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electrochemistry.

LLED 200 (3)
Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers
Examination of sociolinguistic knowledge and skills that are central to the production of academic and professional texts.

LLED 201 (3)
Critical Reading and Writing in Academic and Professional Registers
In this course, the heightened awareness of effective academic writing gained in LLED 200 is applied to a small research project that students design, implement and report on. Students receive explicit, critically-framed instruction in reading and writing academic reports, and individualized feedback on the draft sections of their research paper, including a research proposal.

VANT 140 (4)
Content and Language Enrichment Tutorials
Sustained language support for linked content courses in the Vantage One Program. Students develop strategies for self-directed learning.

VANT 150 (3)
Sustainability and Engineering Design
Topics in sustainability, including the impact of technology on the environment and society, and fundamentals of engineering design.

VANT 151 (3)
Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Project
Design project that culminates in student-led project fair.


Term 1 (UBCV) Term 2 (UBCV) Summer Term (UBCO)
APSC 160 (3)
APSC 172 (3)
APSC 182 (3)
LLED 200 (3)
APSC 173 (3)
APSC 178 (4)
APSC 183 (3)
LLED 201 (3)
APSC 176 (3)
APSC 179 (3)
APSC 180 (3)

VANT 150 (2)
VANT 140 (4)
VANT 151 (1)
VANT 140 (1)


Vantage One Applied Science Schedule Term One