PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Dual admission sciences degree path available exclusively from NIC

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Earn up to two years of course credit at NIC toward your Bachelor of Science degree at UNBC.
  • Access a direct path into a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at UNBC and be eligible to apply for the Northern Medical program in Year 3.
  • Choose from five UNBC programs in biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics and physics. 

Questions?

Contact

Kim Kobus
Educational Advisor
250-334-5000
1-800-715-0914

questions@nic.bc.ca

Highlights

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Small is big in science. Combine NIC's small class sizes and interactive labs with UNBC's top-ranked student-to-teacher ratios and undergraduate research opportunities.  
  • Be prepared. With a degree in science, you'll be ready to apply to professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and more, including the Northern Medical Program after your third year of studies. Or, explore a wide-range of career options in natural resources and environmental science, environmental engineering and more.
  • Start at home and save. NIC students who study in their home communities spend up to $9,000 less for each year of study (rent, transportation and tuition) compared to students attending UNBC.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Start your education close to home and graduate from one of Canada's best small universities* with the North Island College - University of Northern British Columbia Dual Admission Agreement.

NIC and UNBC are offering science majors a direct path for completing a four-year bachelor degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics or physics. Study at an NIC campus for one or two years, taking approved courses for credit toward your degree at UNBC. Whether you transfer at the end of Year 1 or the end of Year 2 is up to you. Either way, you'll enjoy a seamless transition into your UNBC program. No need to re-apply, order transcripts or make additional requests.

After completing Year 3 of your science program, you will be eligible to apply for the Northern Medical Program, which trains healthcare professionals to meet the needs of under-served rural communities. Or, you may compete for a seat in UNBC's competitive Health Sciences programs once you arrive. The choice is yours.

You must meet NIC and UNBC program requirements to be eligible and timetabling depends on course availability at each NIC campus. Contact educational advisor Kim Kobus at 250-334-5000 or 1-800-715-0914 for program details and eligibility requirements. Limited spaces are available.

*MacLean's Magazine University Rankings 2005-2012 

Career Opportunities

Dual admission with UNBC allows you to choose from a wide range of careers in the natural sciences from environmental and resource management to research. Or, prepare for application to a professional program such as medicine, pharmacy, occupational therapy, dentistry, speech pathology or physiotherapy, including the Northern Medical Program. The opportunities are endless.

To Be Successful

Students are strongly encouraged to choose elective courses which strengthen their technical and critical language skills. 

Admission

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the North Island College - University of Northern British Columbia Dual Admission program, students must be deemed eligible for admission by both the University of Northern BC and North Island College.  Dual admission program opportunities are available to both Canadian and International Students.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

It is strongly encouraged that you choose elective courses which strengthen your technical and critical thinking skills.

Courses

The following is a list of North Island College courses that qualify for Block Transfer into the UNBC Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UNBC Mathematics, UNBC Physics, UNBC Environmental Science, and UNBC Chemistry programs as per the North Island College - University of Northern British Columbia Dual Admission agreement.

Block Transfer into UNBC Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

North Island Courses Course Title UNBC Equivalent
 

Year One

 
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL 101 (4)
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL 102 (4)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 100 (3)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 101 (3)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 120 (1)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 121 (1)
PHY 100 Introduction to Physics I  PHYS 100 (4)
Or PHY 120  Principles of Physics I  Or PHYS 110 (4) 
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics II  PHY 101 (4) 
Or PHY 121 Principles of Physics II  Or PHY 111 (4) 
MAT 181  Calculus I  MATH 100 (3) 
MAT 182  Calculus II  MATH 101 (3) 
 

Year Two 

 
BIO 215 Introduction to Microbiology  BIOL 203 (3) 
BIO 202  Principles of Genetics  BIOL 210 (3) 
CHE 200 Organic Chemistry I  CHEM 201 (3) 
CHE 201  Organic Chemistry II  CHEM 203 (3) 
BIO 201  Introduction to Biochemistry CHEM 204 (3) 
CHE 200  Organic Chemistry I  CHEM 250 (1) 
CHE 201  Organic Chemistry II  CHEM 251 (1)
MAT 115  Introduction to Statistics  STAT 240 (3) 
  No Equivalent BCMB 255 (2)*
Three Elective courses Any course articulated with UNBC in BCCAT  Elective (9) 
     Total Credit : 59

*Note: NIC students will be required to complete BCMB 255 (2 credits) at UNBC.

Elective courses: Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses which strengthen their technical and critical language skills.

 

Block Transfer into UNBC Mathematics

North Island Courses Course Title UNBC Equivalent
 

Year One

 
MAT 181 Calculus I MATH 100 (3)
MAT 182 Calculus II MATH 101 (3)
  No Equivalent CPSC 141 (3)*
CPS 100 Computer Programming I CPSC 100 (4)
ENG 115 or ENG 117 Academic Writing ENGL 170 (3)
Or ENG 107 or ENG 108 Introcution to Creative Writing Or ENGL 270 (3)
Two elective courses Any course articulated with UNBC in BCCAT Elective (6)
General Science Requirements    
TWO of:    
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL (4)
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL (4)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 100 (3) &
CHEM 120 (1)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 101 (3) &
CHEM 121 (1)
PHY 120 Principles of Physics I PHYS 110 (4)
PHY 121 Principles of Physics II PHYS 111 (4)
    Total Credits:  30

*Note: NIC students will be required to complete CPSC 141 at UNBC.

Additional Note: The equivalent of PHYS 110 and PHYS 111 are strongly recommended.

Elective courses:  Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses which strengthen their technical and critical language skills.

Block Transfer into UNBC Physics

North Island Courses Course Title UNBC Equivalent
MAT 181 Calculus I MATH 100 (3)
MAT 182 Calculus II MATH 101 (3)
   *CHE 110=
     CHEM 1XX (4)
Principles of Chemistry I (substitute for 100 & 120) CHEM 100 (3) & CHEM 120 (1)
CSC 100 Computer Programming I CPSC 100 (4)
ENG 115 or ENG 117 Academic Writing ENGL 170 (3)
Or ENG 107 or ENG 108 Introduction to Creative Writing Or ENGL 270 (3)
PHY 120 Principles of Physics I PHYS 110 (4)
PHY 121 Principles of Physics II PHYS 111 (4)
Two elective courses Any course articulated with UNBC in BCCAT Elective = (6)
    Total Credits: 31

*Note: As per the BC transfer guide the CHE 110 = UNBC CHEM 1XX (4); for the purpose of this block agreement only.  It will be used to substitute the UNBC CHEM 100 and CHEM 120 requirement.

Elective courses: Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses which strengthen their technical and critical language skills.

Block Transfer into UNBC Environmental Science

North Island Courses Course Title UNBC Equivalent
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 100 (3) & CHEM 120 (1)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 101 (3) & CHEM 121 (1)
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL (4)
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL (4)
PHY 120 Principles of Physics I PHYS 110 (4)
PHY 121 Principles of Physics II PHYS 111 (4)
MAT 181 Calculus I MATH 100 (3)
MAT 182 Calculus II MATH 101 (3)
Two Elective courses Any course articulated with UNBC in BCCAT Elective (6)
    Total Credits:  36

Elective courses: Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses which strengthen their technical and critical language skills.

Block Transfer into UNBC Chemistry

North Island Courses Course Title UNBC Equivalent
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 100 (3) &
CHEM 120 (1)
CHE 110 & CHE 111 Chemical Principles I & II CHEM 101 (3) &
CHEM 121 (1)
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL 101 (4)
BIO 102 & BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology II & I BIOL 102 (4)
PHY 120 Principles of Physics I PHYS 110 (4)
PHY 121 Principles of Physics II PHYS 111 (4)
MAT 181 Calculus I MATH 100 (3)
MAT 182 Calculus II MATH 101 (3)
CSC 100 Computer Programming I CPSC 100 (4)
One Elective course Any course articulated with UNBC in BCCAT Elective (3)
    Total Credits:  37

Elective courses: Students are strongly encouraged to choose courses which strengthen their technical and critical language skills.

 

Information for North Island College students who may wish to up their credit count in their chosen degree completion route:

Chemistry Major: additional required courses and NIC equivalent 

UNBC CHEM 201 (3) & CHEM 250 (1) Organic Chemistry I NIC CHE 200 (3)
UNBC CHEM 203 (3) & CHEM 251 (1) Organic Chemistry II NIC CHE 201 (3)
UNBC MATH 220 (3) Linear Algebra NIC MAT 133 (3)

Environmental Science Major: additional required courses and NIC equivalent

UNBC BIOL 201 (3) Ecology NIC BIO 230 (3)
UNBC BIOL 203 (3) Microbiology NIC BIO 215 (3)
UNBC ENSC 201 (3) Weather and Climate NIC GEO 105 (3)
UNBC GEOG 210 (3) Geomorphology NIC GEO 206 (3)
UNBC STATE 240 (3) Basic Statistics NIC MAT 115 (3)
UNBC 3 credit hours of any 200-level Chemistry NIC CHE 200 or 201 (3)

Physics Major: additional required course and NIC equivalent

UNBC MATH 220 (3) Linear Algebra NIC MAT 133 (3)

Mathematics Major: additional required courses and NIC equivalent

UNBC MAT 220 (3) Linear Algebra NIC MAT 133 (3)
UNBC CPSC 101 (4) Computer Programming II (recommended elective) NIC CPS 101 (3)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: additional required course and NIC equivalent

UNBC BIOL 311 (3) Cell and Molecular Biology NIC BIO 200 (3)

 

Costs

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,995
Tuition may vary from approximately $290 to $500 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $345 depending on the course. Book costs are specific to each course.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,815
Additional Costs for International Students include a $100 Application fee (required) and a $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information or to apply,
visit www.nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914
to speak with an educational advisor today!