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LIKE NO OTHER. An award-winning university located in the spectacular landscape of northern British Columbia. In 2010, UNBC was ranked Best in The West by Maclean’s magazine and Research University of The Year in the National Post. It is one of only four research universities in BC.

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5 UNBC Experience

13 Life At UNBC

19 A Place To Call Home

23 Programs



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12.2 metric tonnes of compost produced on campus each year



As Canada’s Green University, we’re aiming to be a model for the country, leading the way to a more sustainable future. UNBC once again lived up to our reputation as Canada’s Green University by winning the top campus sustainability award in North America in 2010. UNBC is located in a spectacular region with an abundance of natural resources. We reflect this environment in the architecture of our campus, the environmental focus of much of our teaching and research, as well as through the green activities of many of our students. We know that the environment sustains the economic, health, and cultural well-being of our communities and UNBC strives to reflect this in our research, teaching, and campus events and operations. For more information visit


Watch a video on how we are using bioenergy in our teaching, research, and campus operations.


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Learn more about the learning environment Kaleigh Milinazzo has been part of at UNBC.



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“UNBC is great. I love the personal environment, the small class sizes, and the fact that faculty and older students are always willing to help.” – Dayle Ostapiuk



UNBC may have smaller class sizes than most other institutions in Western Canada, but this doesn’t mean our classrooms are small! UNBC students learn about forest ecology – in an ancient rainforest. They learn about the human effects on the environment – in Antarctica. They learn about climate change – on top of a glacier. You get the idea: at UNBC, the whole world is your classroom.



TAKE YOU? INTO THE COMMUNITY  Applied education in the community is a focus of many of UNBC’s degree programs. Students are encouraged to apply course work to real scenarios or study immersed in communities in northern BC. The annual Archaeological Field School provides the opportunity to learn and research on a real working excavation. Students get academic credit and training in archaeological field methods while uncovering artifacts and getting up close and personal with British Columbia’s rich aboriginal history. “It’s such an amazing opportunity to be involved in an archaeological research project in northern BC,” says Anthropology student Keith Hansen. “This is a great start to my career.”

INTO THE WORLD – INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE  To get a world-class education, you need to get out into the world! Global learning is a natural part of the UNBC experience. With more than 150 exchange opportunities, students can have an international experience while they pursue their UNBC degree. Many field schools allow students the opportunity to “learn by doing” in areas such as Guatemala, the Isle of Man, South Africa, Panama, and even Antarctica. “One of the best experiences from my first year at UNBC was attending the UNBC Timberwolves basketball games. The games were always exciting and the atmosphere was electric.” – Lindsey Brise

INTO THE LAB  Students enjoy the opportunity to work with their professors researching topics ranging from climate change to cancer. Dustin King, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology student, is working with professor Chow Lee and investigating what makes cancer cells spread so quickly and aggressively in the body. “This is a fantastic opportunity,” says King. “How many other students can work on something that might lead to a treatment for cancer while still doing their bachelor’s degree?”

PURSUING A PROFESSIONAL DEGREE  UNBC’s offers exceptional opportunities for students, such as Chris Uy, to successfully carry on to professional programs. “UNBC’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program gave me a competitive edge in my dream of studying medicine.” UNBC offers students the opportunity to complete prerequisites for many professional programs such as Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine. “To get the most out of the UNBC experience, you need to explore the campus. You will find new study spots, breathtaking views, and rooms you didn’t know existed. A big bonus is meeting life-long friends along the way.” – Janine Reilander

MAKING DISCOVERIES  Students at UNBC have many opportunities to participate in world-changing research. The laboratory of professor Stephen Rader received international acclaim in 2011 for making a breakthrough in gene-splicing that has potential long-term implications for the struggle to understand certain genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis. “This year, four of our undergrads helped solve a problem scientists have been trying to figure out for about 30 years,” says Dr. Rader.

BACK HOME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE  UNBC opens doors. Many of our grads return to their communities to give back or join new communities to help make a difference. Nak’azdli Community Health Nurse Lisa Sam of Fort St. James, BC, recently won a national award for nurses working on reserves. “I went into the Nursing program so I could help the people in my community.”

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OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM  When we say UNBC students are hands-on, we mean it. At UNBC, your classroom could be an ancient rainforest, an archeological dig, a business competition, or even a glacier. While at UNBC, Dave Radies studied an ancient rainforest 130 kilometers east of Prince George, which is now regarded as a provincial treasure and used as a classroom for many UNBC students. “It’s just an incredible area,” says Radies. “I’d never seen something quite like this, where the cedars are this big and old.”

INTO A CAREER  UNBC grads have one of the highest employability rates in all of BC. UNBC’s small class sizes, interaction with professors, and access to equipment and facilities all add to the experience. Kiran Sidhu, a Computer Science grad who participated in Co-op Education and research on campus now manages the growth team at Facebook. “UNBC had a big part in getting me here,” says Kiran.

“UNBC had a big part in getting me here.” Learn some of what Kiran Sidhu has accomplished as a UNBC grad at 10

675 students in master’s and PhD programs

CONTINUING TO GRADUATE STUDIES The critical thinking, analytical skills, and research experience that are part of a UNBC degree can prepare you for further research and education in master’s or doctoral programs. UNBC PhD student Matt Beedle is conducting a comprehensive study of the state of the glaciers in BC and Alberta. “This is the perfect natural laboratory,” says Beedle. For UNBC students and researchers, the world is your classroom.

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St a rt D ate Se s: pte mb er Ja nu ar Ma y y


Arts Developmental Economics (MA) • • Disability Management (MA) • English (MA) • First Nations Studies (MA) • • Gender Studies (MA) • • History (MA) • • Interdisciplinary Studies (MA) • • International Studies (MA) • • Global Environmental Policy International Development Regional Relations Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (MA) • • Environmental Studies Geography Tourism Political Science (MA) • • Business Administration Business Administration (MBA) • Education Counselling (MEd) • Multidisciplinary Leadership (MEd) • Special Education (MEd) • Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (MNRES) • • Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MScN:FNP) • Nursing Academic Streem (MScN) • Science Business Administration (MSc) • Community Health Science (MSc) • Health Science (PhD) • Interdisciplinary Studies (MSc) • • Mathematical, Computer & Physical Sciences (MSc) • • Chemistry Computer Science Mathematics Physics Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (MSc) • • Biology Environmental Science Forestry Geography Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Management Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (PhD) • • Psychology (MSc) • Psychology (PhD) • Social Work Social Work (MSW) •

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international students. Most master’s level tuition fees are $1,379.45 per semester. For a complete listing of graduate admissions, tuition, and fees please visit 12

“I choose this school because it’s small, it’s a great education, and it’s a lot of fun, all in one.” 13

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LIFE AT UNBC 4,183 students

SURVIVE AND THRIVE UNBC offers a wide range of services to help ease the transition to university and enable students to succeed. Whether a student needs tutoring, medical attention, or counseling, there is a range of student services ready to help them. Student Success departments available to students include orientation and academic advising, health and personal counseling, career planning, tutoring, disability services, and a wellness centre. All of the services are included in a student’s tuition and fees. “Learning is done just as much through experience as it is done through reading and lecturing. Through residence, clubs, sports, volunteer work, and social interactions, I became a better student. It’s about the whole experience!” – Kealy MacFarlane

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“Orientation Day helped calm any nervousness about starting university (and moving to a new city). It’s also a great opportunity to make friends before class has even begun!” – Ariel Dimler

The Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS) provides students with active representation as well as a wide range of services and entertainment. The Northern University Student Centre (NUSC) features a campus radio station (CFUR), university newspaper (Over the Edge), event/meeting/club/study space, a coffee bar, on-the-go food options, and the Thirsty Moose Pub. Be sure to check out the great NUGSS activities including Shinerama, the Backyard BBQ, and the Final Affair.

Model UN

HOT PICKS • Rugby (Men’s & Women’s) • Hockey • Commerce Student Society • Pre-med club • Students for a Green University

Shinerama; a yearly fundraising initiative for cystic fibrosis.

CLUBS UNBC students can choose from more than 60 academic, environmental, sport, cultural, social, and service clubs. New clubs spring up each year; students can be part of a tradition or start a new legacy. Browse the selection of UNBC clubs at Offerings are on display during the annual Clubs Day and during other events. Book Club

Drama Club

“Getting involved in a club outside the classroom helped me not only meet many amazing people, but I have also made amazing contacts within the business community. Honestly, joining JDC West has added so much value to my degree.” – Riley King

The International Studies students (front row) won a visit from Rick Mercer and an appearance on the Rick Mercer Report by beating all other Canadian universities in the Spread The Net Challenge.


A PLACE TO 542 students live in residence

CALL HOME Life in residence can be one of the best and most memorable parts of attending university. Students meet people from around the world, make friends they will remember forever, and create friendships that can last a lifetime. Live in a place where you have all the freedom and independence of living on your own, with the support and convenience that comes with being a part of the campus community.

“Living in residence was an amazing opportunity for growth, learning, and meeting fellow classmates. There were students in res who had already taken my classes, and they were a valuable resource for finding out what to expect.� – Kadagn Klepsch

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207 steps from residence to campus

Residence has all the amenities students need to enjoy a safe and convenient living environment. Students have their own private fully furnished bedroom in an apartment-style unit where a kitchen, living room, and bathroom are shared with three roommates. Each suite includes wireless internet, cable TV, basic utilities, a recycling station, and phone. Each floor has full laundry services and each building has a large common lounge with a big screen TV, leather couches, and a pool table or foosball table. “It has been great living in residence and meeting new people, but there are also so many places on campus that you can find to study alone! I also like the small class sizes and how easy it is to access professors.” – Shayna Scott



1,000+ screaming fans per game

RECREATION & ATHLETICS The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre (NSC) is a hub for athletics and high-performance sport at UNBC. The Centre features a field, track, three basketball courts, cardio/weight training facilities, circuit training, squash courts, dance/yoga studios, and physiotherapy. The elevated track and FIFAapproved turf are amenities that are not to be missed. Membership at the NSC is included in student fees. With an extensive list of intramural groups and activities, students at all levels of fitness can lead an active lifestyle. The Timberwolves varsity teams include basketball and soccer. Thanks to provincial and national championships, the basketball teams draw more than 1000 cheering fans per game. “I was at the sports centre a few times a week for the drop-in fitness classes. They were challenging, motivating and relaxing. The instructors were wonderful and I met a few people that I kept in contact with throughout the school year.” – Danika Doucette


Jennifer Migabo won an award that allowed her the opportunity to finish her degree tuition-free.

in awards every year

AWARDS AND FINANCIAL AID Simply fill out our one-page application and get in the running for awards that range from a few hundred dollars to nearly $10,000 per year. To learn more, visit Students who have a GPA of 3.47 or higher and transfer to UNBC from another post-secondary institution are automatically awarded $750!


International Students

Tuition & Fees ** (30 credit hours, 10 courses)



Books (Approx. $145/course)



Housing on campus & Fees



Housing off campus



Food (optional meal card available)






For information about student loans, please visit

** Tuitions and fees are subject to change and vary among programs. For more information visit


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Applied Science: UBC & UNBC Joint Degree Environmental Engineering • Arts Anthropology • • • • Arts – General • Economics • • • English • • • Environmental Studies • • • First Nations Language • • First Nations Public Administration • First Nations Studies • • • General First Nations Studies • Geography • • • Global Environmental Change • History • • • • Human Geography • Indigenous Ecological Knowledge • International Development Studies • International Studies • • • • Métis Studies • Nature-Based Tourism Management • Nisga’a Studies • Northern Studies • • Outdoor Recreation and Tourism • Philosophy • Political Science • • • Public Administration and Community Development • Public Administration • Russian Studies • Traditional Environmental Knowledge • Women’s Studies • • • Business Administration Accounting • Finance • General Business • • Human Resources Management • International Business • Marketing • Education Curriculum and Instructional Studies • Elementary K-7 • First Nations Language and Culture • Montessori Education • Secondary 8-12 • Fine Arts: Emily Carr University of Art & Design and UNBC Joint Degree Fine Arts and Creative Writing • Health Sciences Aboriginal Health Sciences • • Biomedical Studies • Community and Population Health-Aboriginal and Rural Health • Community and Population Health-Environmental Health •


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Medical Doctor (MD) Northern Medical Program: An undergraduate degree offered by the UBC Faculty of Medicine in partnership with UNBC Nursing Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing: • CNC/UNBC and NWCC/UNBC Collaborative Degree Program Post Diploma Baccalaureate Nursing • Rural Nursing • Planning • Aboriginal Community Resource Planning • First Nations Planning • Natural Resources Planning • Northern Rural and Community Planning • Science • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • • Biology • • Biology and Conservation • Chemistry • • • Computer Science • • • Computing • Earth Sciences • Environmental Science • • • Forest Recreation • Forest Ecology and Management • • • Geography • • Geomorphology • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Human Geography • Integrated Science • Global Environmental Change • Mathematics • • • Natural Resources Management • Natural Resources Planning and Operations • Outdoor Recreation and Conservation • Physical Geography • Physics • • • Psychology • • • Social Dimensions of Natural Resources Management • Soils and the Environment • Statistics • Wildlife and Fisheries • Social Work Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health • Child Welfare • • First Nations • * Programs are subject to change visit for current listings



Plus 3 Approved Courses from :

BC/ Yukon

English 12

Applications of Mathematics, BC First Nations Studies, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Civilizations, English Literature, French, German, Geography, Geology, History, Japanese, Latin, Law, Mandarin, Math Foundations, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Mathematics, Punjabi, Social Justice, Spanish, Technical and Professional Communications, Writing + 1 additional grade 12 course

Alberta/ NWT/ Nunavut

English 30-1 or English language Arts 30-1

Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot Language & Culture 30, Chemistry 30, Chinese Language & Culture 30, Cree 30, English 35, Francais 30, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30, German 30/30S, German 31, German Language & Culture 30, Gonawo K’e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian Language & Culture 30, Japanese Language & Culture 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Math 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30, South Slavey 35, Spanish Language & Culture 30, Tilcho Yati 25, Ukrainian Language & Culture 30/30S, Ukrainian Language Arts 30 + 1 additional Level 30 or 31 course needed to graduate


English A 30 and B 30

Math A30, or B30, or C30 and at least three additional courses numbered 30 or 30H selected from the following subjects: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Français A or B, French, Geography, History, other languages, Mathematics, Physics + additional academic course(s) necessary to graduate


English 40S

Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Computer Science 40S, Français 40S, Geography 40S, History 40S, Language 40S, Law 40S, Mathematics 40S, Native Canadian Languages 40S, Physics 40S, Pre Calculus 40S, Social Science 40S/World Issues 40S, Western Civilization 40S + one additional course from above or another area at the 40A (advanced), 40G (general), or 40S (specialized) level and any further work necessary to graduate


Grade 12 English U

four additional Grade 12 U or U/C courses + 1 additional Grade 12 course All high school courses applied as prerequisites for UNBC courses must be drawn from the “University” designation. Not more than one course may be drawn from the “Arts” category.

Transfer Students

A minimum of 15 credit hours of acceptable transfer course work is required. The cumulative GPA on all transferable work attempted must be at least 2.0 (C). Complete applications are processed in 72 hours! Official transcripts are required from all postsecondary institutions attended, including distance education schools.

Advanced Placement

Students who take the College Board Advanced Placement courses in high school may be awarded transfer credit upon receipt of the official exam results from the College Board. Courses completed with a grade of four or above will be awarded transfer credit. Students who have completed AP courses with a grade of three may be considered for Advanced Standing in a first-year course. A listing of acceptable AP courses for transfer credit is available in the BC Transfer Guide (

International Baccalaureate

Students who are awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit upon receipt of the official transcript from the international baccalaureate headquarters. Students who are awarded the diploma must have an overall standing of four, with no course below a three. Students who are awarded the International Baccalaureate Certificate must have a grade of four in each Higher level subject to be eligible for individual course transfer credit. A list of acceptable IB courses is available in the BC Transfer Guide (


Province/ Territory


Admission requirements


Provincial admission requirements


Provincial admission requirements


Recommended courses and/or other details

Deadline *

Minimum average to apply

March 1


Principles of Math 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes

March 1


90 credit hours of University course work

Please visit for specific information

March 15

2.33 GPA Competitive Entry

Environmental Engineering

Provincial admission requirements + Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, two provincially examinable Science 12 courses, and Chemistry 11

Physics 12 and Biology 11 or 12 are highly recommended

March 1

75%. Competitive Entry

Fine Arts

Provincial admission requirements + Portfolio

For Portfolio requirements visit: finearts/admission_ requirements.html

February 1

67% Competitive Entry

Health Sciences

Provincial admission requirements + Biology 12 (65% min), Chemistry 11 (65% min), and Principles of Math 11 (65% min) or Pre-Calculus 11 (65% min)

Applicants to the Bio-Medical stream are encouraged to take Principles of Math 12

March 1

65% Competitive Entry


Provincial admission requirements + Biology 12 (73% min), Principles of Math 11 (65% min) or Pre-Calculus 11 (65% min) or Foundations of Math 11 (65% min), and Chemistry 11 (65% min)

To apply, please contact our partner institutions: CNC: NWCC:

March 31

65% min. Competitive Entry


Provincial admission requirements

Principles of Math 12 recommended for prerequisite purposes

March 1



Provincial admission requirements

Biology 11 or 12, Principles of Math 12, Physics 12 are recommended for many science degrees

March 1


Social Work

60 credit hours including FNST 100, SOCW 200, SOCW 201, and WMST 100

Must provide references and a statement of intent. Please visit www.unbc. ca/socialwork/apply.html for complete details

February 1

2.67 GPA. Competitive Entry

Admission requirements and deadlines are subject to change. Deadlines are often extended. Meeting the minimum entrance average does not guarantee admission to competitive entry programs.


COUNTRY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate (minimum 65% unless otherwise noted)



Certificado de Conclsao de 2 Grau/ Concurso Vestibular

Bacharel, Licentiatura; Licenciado, professional title (Titulo), Mid-B equivalent: 8/10 or 4/5


Senior Middle School Diploma and a minimum 65% on the Chinese University Entrance Examination

Bachelor`s Degree - 4 years. Mid-B Equivalent: 80%

European Union Countries

Transfer students reviewed as per the Bologna process. Secondary School students admitted as per the requirements of the country studied in

European bachelor’s degree of three years duration are considered on a caseby-case basis


One of: All-India School Certificate; Delhi Senior School Certificate; Higher Secondary School Certificate; Intermediate School Certificate; all in at least the second division

M.A., M.Sc., M.Comm., B.Eng., B.Sc. (Eng.), B.Tech., B.Arch., M.B.B.S., B.Pharm. following: B.Eng., B.Sc.(Eng.), B.Tech., B.Agric., B.Arch


Bachillerato on an academic program with minimum 7/10

Licentiatura/Licenciado or Titulo requiring four years of study. Mid-B Equivalent: 8/10 or Bien


VWO Certificate

Doctoraal/Doctorandus (Drs.), Ingenieur (Ir.), Meester (Mr.) (in Law), Mid-B Equivalent: 7.5/10


Vitnemål fra den videregående skolen (Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with a minimum standing of 4/5

Candidatus Magisteri, Sivilingenior. Mid-B Equivalent: 2.5 (1.0 is highest mark)

Saudi Arabia

Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate - GSEC) - with grades of A, B or C

Bachelor`s. Mid-B Equivalent: Very good, 80%


Avgångsbetyg (Matriculation Certificate) with a minimum of 3.5/5

Bachelor’s or filosophie kandidatexamen Magistersexamen with at least 120 credits. Mid-B Equivalent: 3.00/4.50

United States of America

Graduation from a US Secondary School with a minimum average of 65% in English 12, three academic grade 12 courses, and a fifth elective course

Bachelor`s. Mid-B Equivalent: B, 3.00/4.00

For other countries please visit



Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency may be any one of the following: • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 88 or higher in the internet based test, with not less than 20 in any of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; or equivalent other TOEFL score. UNBC’s institutional TOEFL code is 0320. • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules. • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of at least 5. • Comparable results in any other internationally recognized English Language Assessment test considered as equivalent to TOEFL or IELTS. • A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 Component 1 and 2. • A final grade of 70% or better in English 12 from the British Columbia secondary system. • A final grade of 75% (B) or better in a University Transferable English course.




February 1, 2012

Fine Arts

February 1, 2012

Arts, Commerce, Environmental Engineering, Health Sciences, Planning, Science

March 1, 2012


March 14, 2012


March 31, 2012

Northern Advancement Program

June 1, 2012

International Students Social Work

February 1, 2012

All other programs

March 1, 2012

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR JANUARY 2012 ENTRY Canadian Students Arts, Commerce, Planning, Science

November 1, 2012

Arts, Commerce, Planning, Science

June 1, 2012


December 15, 2011

UNBC Leadership Award

December 15, 2011

All other UNBC awards

March 1, 2012

QUICK FACTS UNBC Facts Total students in academic programs


Number of graduates


International students

359 (40+ countries)

Average entry grade (undergraduate)


Faculty : student ratio

1 : 10.4



International Students

National Rankings 2010 Maclean’s Magazine: Primarily undergraduate category


Globe and Mail: Most satisfied students


National Post: Research universities of the year





Information for Prospective Students



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250-960-6306 3333 University Way Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9

Fort St. John Box 1000, 9820-120th Ave. Fort St. John, BC V1J 6K1 250-787-6220 1-800-935-2270


UNBC would like to recognize the many First Nations throughout Northern BC on whose ancestral territories our campuses are located.

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