Dual Degree in Arts and Science

The official UBC Faculty of Arts calendar information on the Dual Degree program is available at Dual Degree Program in Arts and Science.  The information below is intended is expand on and further clarify information found in the UBC Calendar.  However,  the UBC Calendar is the official source of policy and process.

This program option offers qualified Bachelor of Arts students the opportunity to earn, simultaneously, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in most combinations of one Science major program and one Arts major program. Students cannot pursue a double major or minor in either faculty. Most combinations can be completed within 4.5 to 5.5 winter sessions.

This program option comprises, at a minimum, of 144 credits and within these 144 credits students are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits of “Arts” subject areas and 72 credits of “Science” subject areas (see below for further explanations).

If admitted to the program students may select an Arts specialization at the Honours or Major level and a Science specialization at the Major level.

BA students in the following majors: Cognitive Systems, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, or Psychology, cannot enter a B.Sc. major in the same discipline.

The dual degree option is not available to students with a previous bachelor’s degree.

The dual degree option is not available to students admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of International Economics or Bachelor of Media Studies degree programs.

Admission Requirements

For students presently studying within the Bachelor of Arts:

  • Students may not apply if they have completed less than 48 credits nor after they have completed more than 75 credits.
  • Students are encouraged to apply by May 31st to allow time to process the application and ensure they can begin in September.
  • Ideally students will begin planning their course selections as soon as they determine they wish to complete a Dual Degree.
  • Please print the application form (see below) and bring it to any meetings you attend in regard to your application.
  • Prior to submitting their application form students must arrange in-person meetings with an Academic Advisor from both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science to discuss their plans to apply for entry into the Dual Degree program option with Science.  To arrange a meeting please contact each Faculty’s Academic Advising unit.  For the Arts Academic Advising – Buchanan D, First Floor and for the Science Information Center – Chemistry/Physics Building, Room A150
  • At a minimum students must have achieved an overall average of at least 68% on at least 30 UBC Vancouver credits. The average will be based on the most recently attempted coursework.   Achieving an overall average of 68% does not guarantee admission into the Bachelor of Arts dual degree program with Science.
  • 3 credits of the Bachelor of Arts Research Writing requirement (usually ASTU 150 or WRDS 150) must be completed.
  • 3 credits from one of ENGL 110, 111, 120, 121 must be completed or in the process of being completed.
  • Pre-requisites for your intended science major must be completed or in the process of being completed. Begin investigating the admission requirements for your intended majors early. Some majors such as Biochemistry and Chemistry may not be accessible through the Dual Degree program option in Arts/Science.
  • Students must be eligible for third-year standing in the Faculty of Science (refer to “Promotion to Third Year” in the academic calendar)
  • Students MUST have completed at least 15 credits from the following list of coursework:
12 credits from: Maximum 3 credits from:
  • CHEM 113
  • CHEM 121
  • CHEM 123
  • PHYS 101
  • PHYS 102
  • PHYS 107
  • PHYS 108
  • PHYS 109
  • One of: MATH 100, 102, 104, 180, 184
  • One of: MATH 101, 103, 105
  • One of: CPSC 101, 111, 121, or STAT 100
  • BIOL 111
  • BIOL 112
  • BIOL 121
  • BIOL 140
  • ASTR 101
  • ASTR 102
  • EOSC 110
  • EOSC 111
  • EOSC 112
  • EOSC 114
  • EOSC 116
  • GEOB 101
  • GEOB 102
  • GEOB 103

Application Form

Word Version – Application Form for Bachelor Arts requesting Dual Degree with Bachelor of Science (revised 2014 02)

PDF Version – Application Form PDF for Bachelor Arts requesting Dual Degree with Bachelor of Science (revised 2014 02)

What’s the difference between a dual degree and a double major?

Double Major:  The student’s UBC experience is as an “Arts” student but they have also focused their studies in one area of specialization within the Faculty of Science.  They are not required to complete the general Bachelor of Science Degree requirements, only the specialization requirements.  More information is available at Adding a Double Major from Science.

Dual Degree:  The student’s UBC experience is both as an “Arts” and a “Science” student.  They have immersed themselves in each Faculty by taking a variety of subject areas, completing the general degree requirements for both Faculties, joining clubs and becoming an active participant within the Faculty’s student body.

What does it mean “This program option comprises, at a minimum, of 144 credits and within these 144 credits students are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits of “Arts” subject areas and 72 credits of “Science” subject areas”?

If you view the Course Schedule form you will see three columns.  On the far left is the Subject Code, in the middle is the Subject Name, and on the far right is the name of Faculty/School who administers those course subjects.  To graduate you must ensure that you complete 72 credits administered by the Faculty of Arts and 72 administered by the Faculty of Science.