Should you join Science’s First Year Focus study option?

Should you join Science’s First Year Focus study option?

Now you’ve applied for the Bachelor of Science degree, it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like to structure your first-year courses.

There are two ways to shape your degree. The first lets you pick the classes you’re most interested in, and build your own timetable.

The second lets you join a predesigned course schedule for your first year, where you’ll take nearly all of your classes with the same people. For Science students, you can choose between Science One, or First Year Focus.


What is First Year Focus?

First Year Focus will help you build a strong foundation in the computational sciences. As a cohort-based first-year study option, you’ll form friendships, be part of an inclusive community of diverse students, and build the skills you need to explore a wide range of disciplines as you advance to second year at UBC Science.


What to expect

As a First Year Focus student, you’ll take five online computer science, math, data science, and communications courses with the same class of about 200 UBC Science first-year students. You’ll select the remaining courses (usually four or five, either in-person or online) based on your interests and the requirements you’ll need to meet to enter your second year in UBC Science.


Why choose First Year Focus?

Because First Year Focus is limited to a particular group of students, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time with your cohort, which will help you make friends. You’ll immerse yourself in computational sciences while gaining the flexibility to pursue almost everything UBC Science has to offer as you progress in your degree—from earth sciences to life science or physical sciences. Best of all, First Year Focus makes registering for your courses simpler.

As part of the study option, you’ll begin to build your knowledge in one of the most exciting areas of science. Computational and data sciences have become key to studying complex problems, such as climate change, food scarcity, and pandemics. They’re fundamental skill sets scientists use to develop models and simulations to understand natural systems at all levels. In particular, areas in the life sciences—like bioinformatics, ecology, protein structure, and metabolic modelling—are becoming increasingly important and reliant on computation.


How to apply

First Year Focus is open to any first-year BSc student, but is designed for learners who are passionate about applying computational skills to a range of problems across the sciences.

If you want to take part in First Year Focus, you’ll need to submit your application by April 30, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, but only if there is still space in the program.



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