First year program outlines

Student and instructor planning

The outlines below have been prepared to help guide you in selecting the most appropriate courses for your first year at UVic - they're compiled from degree program information on individual department, school or faculty sections in the UVic Calendar. Once you've reviewed the outline for your program, it's worth a look at the appropriate calendar entry to get a better idea of how the recommended courses fit with your overall program requirements.

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering

Note: For students admitted into 2nd year BENG and BSENG programs, please refer to these Engineering Program Planning Worksheets to assist you with your course selection.

Note: For students interested in mapping their four-year plans, please refer to the Computer Science Program Planning Worksheets to assist you with your course selection.

Combined programs in Computer Science

Students wishing to complete one of the combined degree programs in Computer Science will normally not register in the Faculty of Engineering but will register in the Faculty of the other Department. Available combined programs include:

Note 1: These programs are not taking any new students effective May 1, 2014. Please consult the department for further information.

Faculty of Fine Arts

Faculty of Human and Social Development

Faculty of Humanities

The following programs are offered in the Faculty of Humanities. To assist you with planning your course selection, please refer to the Program Planning Worksheets for Majors available on the Academic Advising centre for Humanities, Science and Social Sciences webpage.

Students wishing to learn about combined majors should refer to the Academic Calendar.

  • English
    • English (BA)
    • English (Canadian Literature) and French (BA)
  • French
    • French (BA)
    • French and English (Canadian Literature) (BA)
  • Germanic Studies (BA)
  • Greek & Roman Studies
    • Greek & Roman Studies (BA)
    • Greek & Latin Language and Literature (BA)
  • Hispanic Studies (BA)
  • History (BA)
  • Italian Studies (BA)
  • Linguistics
    • Linguistics (BA)
    • Linguistics (BSc)
    • Applied Linguistics (BA)
  • Medieval Studies (BA)
  • Pacific & Asian Studies (BA)
  • Philosophy (BA)
  • Religious Studies (BA)
  • Slavic Studies (BA)
  • Women's Studies (BA)

Faculty of Science

The following programs are offered in the Faculty of Science. To assist you with planning your course selection, please refer to the Program Planning Worksheets for Majors available on the Academic Advising Centre for Humanities, Science and Social Sciences webpage.

Students wishing to learn about combined majors should refer to the Academic Calendar.

  • Biochemistry & Microbiology
    • Biochemistry or Microbiology (BSc)
    • Biochemistry and Physics (BSc)
    • Biochemistry or Microbiology and Chemistry (BSc)
  • Biology
    • Biology (BSc)
    • Biology and Earth & Ocean Sciences (BSc)
    • Biology and Psychology (BSc)
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry (BSc)
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry or Microbiology (BSc)
    • Chemistry and Earth & Ocean Sciences (BSc)
    • Chemistry and Mathematics (BSc)
    • Chemistry for Medical Sciences (BSc)
  • Earth & Ocean Sciences
    • Earth Sciences (BSc)
    • Earth & Ocean Sciences and Biology (BSc)
    • Earth & Ocean Sciences and Chemistry (BSc)
    • Earth & Ocean Sciences and Physical Geography  (BSc)
    • Earth Sciences and Physics (Geophysics) (BSc)
    • Ocean Sciences and Physics (Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics) (BSc)
  • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Mathematics (BSc)
    • Statistics (BSc)
    • Mathematics and Statistics (BSc)
    • Mathematics and Chemistry (BSc)
    • Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc)
    • Statistics and Computer Science (BSc)
    • Mathematics and Physics (Honours) (BSc)
    • Financial Mathematics and Economics (BSc)
  • Physics & Astronomy
    • Physics (BSc)
    • Astronomy (BSc)
    • Physics and Astronomy (BSc)
    • Physics and Biochemistry (BSc)
    • Physics and Computer Science (BSc)
    • Physics and Earth Sciences (Geophysics) (BSc)
    • Physics and Mathematics (BSc)
    • Physics and Ocean Sciences (Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics) (BSc)

Faculty of Social Sciences

The following programs are offered in the Faculty of Social Sciences. To assist you with planning your course selection, please refer to the Program Planning Worksheets for Majors available on the Academic Advising centre for Humanities, Science and Social Sciences webpage.

Students wishing to learn about Combined Majors should refer to the Academic Calendar.

  • Anthropology (BA)
  • Economics
    • Economics (BA)
    • Economics (BSc)
    • Economics and Financial Mathematics (BSc)
  • Environmental Studies (BA)
  • Geography
    • Geography (BA)
    • Geography (BSc)
    • Geography and Computer Science (Geomatics) (BSc)
    • Physical Geography and Earth & Ocean Sciences (BSc)
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Psychology
    • Psychology (BA)
    • Psychology (BSc)
    • Psychology and Biology (BSc)
    • Psychology and Computer Science (BSc)
  • Social Justice Studies (BA)
  • Sociology (BA)

Interdisciplinary programs

Picking from the hundreds of exciting courses UVic has to offer can be a challenge, especially if you want to keep your options open and sample studies from more than one faculty. If you're interested in completing a degree unique to your individual tastes, consider enrolling in one of UVic's eight flexible interdisciplinary programs to learn across faculties and add some flavour to your studies. Available programs include:

For more information, visit the Interdisciplinary studies page.

Pre-professional programs (for transfer to another institution)

The University of Victoria can help prepare students for professional programs at other institutions through pre-professional studies in the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences.

Please note: The pre-professional guide is currently being updated for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The outlines below are for the 2013-2014 year and in some cases (e.g. Dentistry and Medicine) the requirements have changed. If you are considering a professional program as part of your studies you may review the appropriate outline to get a general idea of the requirements, but we suggest speaking with an adviser or checking back in late September to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Academic Writing Requirement

Don't forget that all students are required to complete a designated english language course as part of their degree (unless you meet one of the exceptions).  Keep this in mind as you review the program outlines - even if one isn't listed on the outline, consider taking one of the qualifying courses in your first year - you'll likely be doing a lot of writing at university, so they can be a great help early on in your studies.