The Coordinated Science Program (CSP) is a popular alternative to standard first year science. This cohort program allows students to experience a suite of first-year courses as a smaller community within the Faculty of Science. This community aspect of the program is particularly valuable, as it facilitates greater student engagement with the multitude of educational and social opportunites within the university. CSP is suitable for students who have broad scientific interests and includes academic benefits such as dedicated study spaces and small group workshops.
CSP offers a pre-arranged standard timetable, with the following science courses:
- Chem 121/123
- Phys 101
- Math 102/103
- Biol 121 and Biol 112 (112 is optional, but life scioence students will needit for second-year)
- CSP Workshop
All CSP students attend the same sections of the previously mentioned courses to help build a learning community. there is a bit of flexibility for students with advanced placement credit. Students enrolled in CSP may drop or substitute ONE course ONLY per term if he or she has advanced credit in Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics. More information on this can be found in the Prospective Students/ FAQ page on this website.
In addition to enrollment in CSP-designated sections of the first year science courses, the Program provides a weekly CSP Workshop with hands-on activities that complement coursework and support development of general academic skills such as collaborative problem solving and communication. The weekly CSP Workshop (28 students per section) enables students to work in small groups that facilitate formation of friendships and supportive academic learning groups. These often last throughout the student's years at UBC.
Prerequisites for enrollment in the Coordinated Science Program are:
- Acceptance into the Faculty of Science at UBC
- Completion of Chemistry 11 and Physics 11
It is strongly recommended (but not required) that the student complete Calculus 12, Chemistry 12 and Physics 12 (or equivalents; note that any of these can be done in the summer prior to the start of UBC courses in September). We also recommend that the student be proficient in English. A mark of 75% or better in English 12 or an LPI score of 5 or better meets the requirement for enrollment in first year English and represents a suitable level of proficiency.
The Coordinated Science Program offers students an easier transition from secondary school to university in that it provides a smaller community of science students and helps build a supportive academic learning environment. The CSP program encourages collaborative work both through workshop activities and by providing a dedicated CSP study space in which students can learn from each other. Thus, students are afforded a more intimate community for both learning and social interaction when they enter UBC.
Historically, CSP sections of science courses have generally achieved higher average exam scores than other sections of the same courses.
Upon completion of the Standard Timetable courses plus the Recommended Courses, a student has all the prerequisites to enter into any second-year science program.