Vantage One Bachelor of Science

Students all take a core set of science courses, and have the option to select either a Computational or Physical Sciences elective. 

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


Computational Sciences

More than ever before, computers, data and information play a vital role in science and everyday life. In the Computational Sciences stream, you will learn how computational thinking helps us to understand a wide variety of complex systems, including the human brain, public health policy and weather.

Physical Sciences

If you have ever wanted to know why the sky is blue, or what the earth is made of, the Physical Sciences stream is the right option for you. While exploring the key concepts of central scientific disciplines, you will discover essential knowledge about the world around us. Following your first-year experience at Vantage College, you can specialize in Astronomy, Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Geophysics, and many other disciplines.

Complete your BSc at the UBC Vancouver campus.

Core Courses

Between September and July, you will enrol in a selection of the following courses:

CHEM 121 (4)
Structural Chemistry, with Application to Chemistry of the Elements
This course examines the fundamentals of structural chemistry. Specific topics are atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding theories, molecular geometry, quantum mechanics of light and particles, including the quantum structure of the periodic table and descriptive chemistry of main-group elements, with industrial and environmental applications. Laboratory work includes both qualitative and quantitative techniques, and problem solving.

CHEM 123 (Elective) (4)
Physical and Organic Chemistry
This course examines the principles of equilibrium and chemical thermodynamics, the properties gases, liquids and solids as well as introductory organic chemistry: stereochemistry; substitution, elimination and oxidation-reduction reactions. Related laboratory work includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

CPSC 103 (Elective) (4)
Introdcution to Systematic Program Design
This course introduces students to computation as a tool for systematic problem solving in non-Computer Science disciplines. Students will learn introductory programming skills in Python. No prior programming experience is expected.

CPSC 110 (Elective) (4)
Computation, Programs, and Programming
This course introduces students to a systematic method for solving hard design problems. Using computation as a tool for information processing and simulating, modeling and interacting with the world, it covers fundamental program and computation structures and introductory programming skills. 

CPSC 121 (Elective) (4)
Models of Computation
This course introduces students to the formal physical and mathematical structures of computation. Topics include Boolean algebra and combinations logic circuits, proof techniques, functions and sequential circuits, sets and relations, finite state machines, and sequential instruction execution.  

EOSC 110 (Elective) (3)
The Solid Earth: A Dynamic Planet
The course explores the Earth's origin, composition, structure and natural resources. Topics include plate tectonics as the driving force for volcanism, mountain building, and earthquakes; imaging Earth's interior; environmental geoscience and sustainability. 

LLED 200 (3)
Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers
This course introduces students to writing in university. It promotes deeper understanding of the role of language in achieving academic and professional registers by providing explicit instruction in language-linked strategies for writing effectively, individualized feedback, and extensive opportunities to write across a variety of university registers.

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.

MATH 100 (3)
Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
This course in differential calculus covers topics including limits, derivatives of elementary functions, curve sketching and optimization. These topics will be motivated by questions in physics, chemistry, ecology and other sciences. There will also be an additional emphasis on mathematical reasoning and proof.

MATH 101 (3)
Integral Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
This course in integral calculus covers topics including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of antidifferentiation, applications of integration and infinite series. These topics will be motivated by questions in physics, chemistry, ecology, and other sciences. There will also be additional emphases on differential equations and mathematical reasoning and proof.

PHYS 117 (3)
Dynamics and Waves
Kinematics including curvilinear motion. Forces and Newton's laws of motion. Work-energy theorem, conservation of energy. Conservation of momentum, collisions. Torque, rotational dynamics, angular momentum. Oscillations and waves.

PHYS 118 (Elective) (2)
Electricity, Light and Radiation
Optics, electricity and magnetism, electric circuits, radioactivity, including biological applications.

PHYS 119 (Elective) (1)
Experimental Physics Lab
Introductory laboratory course, with emphasis on data collection, data analysis techniques, and scientific reasoning.

SCIE 113 (3)
First-Year Seminar in Science
This first-year seminar in science explores science as a comprehensive way of knowing. Classes involve debates, discussions and other activities to investigate what science is, how it is done and how it impacts daily life. The course introduces students to scientific writing: how to effectively use empirical evidence to support arguments, how to write clearly and concisely and how to cite evidence properly, in addition to how to look critically at arguments made by others.

VANT 140 (5)
Content and Language Enrichment Tutorials
Sustained language support for linked content courses in International Program. Students develop strategies for self-directed learning.

VANT 148 (2)
UBC Vantage College Projects
Projects linked to topics explored in the UBC Vantage College Vantage One Program curricula.

VANT 149 (1)
Multidisciplinary Research Project
Research project that culminates in student-led conference and research presentation.

Note: CHEM 123, PHYS 118 and PHYS 119 are all electives starting September 2016. 

Vantage One Science Stream Course Table

You can view a more detailed version of this table here.

  Term 1 (UBCV) Term 2 (UBCV) Summer Term (UBCV) (May 8—July 19)
Core science courses
CHEM 121 (4)
MATH 100 (3)
PHYS 117 (3)
MATH 101 (3)
PHYS 119 (1)
SCIE 113 (3)
LLED 201 (3)
CPSC 110 (4) or EOSC 110 (3)
PHYS 119 (1)
Two of: 
CPSC 103
CPSC 121 CHEM 123 (4)
PHYS 118 (2)
Core language & Vantage courses
LLED 200 (3)
VANT 140 (5)
VANT 148 (2)
LLED 201 (3)
VANT 140 (5)
VANT 148 (2)
VANT 140 (1)
VANT 149 (1)

Example Weekly Schedule

Vantage One Science Schedule Term One