University Transfer

Take up to 60 credits at first and second year level at Columbia College and then transfer those credits to any university in British Columbia and across Canada. You will graduate with a degree from the university to which you transferred.

British Columbia has the smoothest college-to-university transfer system in Canada. Advantages of studying at Columbia College’s university transfer program include:

  • Same courses and quality as a university.
  • Columbia College instructors are personable and supportive with weekly office hours available to meet students requiring extra help.
  • Small class sizes mean personal attention to each student and a closer relationship with instructors and classmates. Students will see a higher GPA as a result.
  • Tuition fees are lower for the same courses as a university.
  • Columbia College charges the same tuition per credit, regardless of faculty.

Program Areas

Arts

Students in Liberal Arts focus on social science and the humanities. The Liberal Arts program encompasses one of the widest academic areas, covering subjects such as Languages, Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Asian Studies, Economics, Psychology, and Communications. Liberal Arts students complete from 30 to 60 credits before transferring to second and third year university programs.

A sample Arts program course load:

Semester 1

Semester 2

English 100 (3)

English 108 (3)

Psychology 110 (3)

Fine Arts 100 (3)

Philosophy 113 (3)

Anthropology 110 (3)

Sociology 110 (3)

Philosophy 213 (3)

Political Science 100 (3)

Psychology 120 (3)

15 semester credits

15 semester credits

Business

Columbia College offers a wide range of business courses, including Accounting, Corporate Finance, Management Science, Marketing, Statistics, and Organizational Behavior. Students may take 24 – 47 credits (one year) or 48 – 60 plus credits (two years) of Business Program courses before transferring to a university Business or Commerce degree program at the second or third year level.

Columbia College University Transfer students intending to major in Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC) can transfer between 24 and 60 credits, making them eligible for either 2nd year (minimum 24 credits) or 3rd year (minimum 49 credits) studies at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Columbia College students seeking admission to 2nd year Business at UBC need at least 24 Columbia College credits and are advised to take the following courses:

Columbia College Courses

Credits

UBC Equivalent Courses

English100 or 101

3

English 112

*English 108, 110, 121, or 131

3

Various English Courses

Economics 103 and 105

6

Economics 101 and 102

Math 111

3

Math 104

Various Elective Courses (can include 2nd year BUSN courses), but non-commerce courses are recommended

9 – 12 (minimum)

Various Elective Courses

*Two English courses satisfy UBC’s English Language Admissions Standard (ELAS), but an external test (eg, IELTS or TOEFL) can alternatively be used to satisfy ELAS, as long as the required test score is received by March 15th of the year for which admissions is taught.

Columbia College students seeking admission to 3rd year Business at UBC need at least 49 Columbia College credits and are advised to take the following additional courses:

Columbia College Courses

Credits

UBC Equivalent Courses

All 3 of:

 

 

BUSN 272

3

COMM 292

BUSN 290

3

COMM 290

BUSN 291

4

COMM 291

At least 4 of the following:

 

 

ACCT 251

3

COMM 293

ACCT 254

3

COMM 294

BUSN 250

3

COMM 296

BUSN 298

3

COMM 298

CSCI 237

3

COMM 205

ECON 207

3

COMM 295

At least one non-commerce elective (minimum 5 non-commerce electives required for 3rd year).

UBC also requires submission of a personal profile and applicants must participate in a video interview.

Columbia College students seeking admission to the Business Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) are required to take the following courses. Although students may take more courses, GPA for entrance to the Business Program at SFU as of Sept 2017 is based on the first eight courses below:

Columbia College Courses

Credits

Equivalent Courses

One of ENGL 100, 101*, 108, 110, 121, 131, PHIL 101, 102, or 113

3

Various ENGL & PHIL courses

ECON 103 and 105

6

ECON 103 and 105

MATH 111

3

MATH 157

BUSN 291 (4 credits)

4

BUEC 232

CSCI 237

3

BUSN 237

ACCT 251

3

BUSN 251

BUSN 272

3

BUSN 272

ECON 207 (may be taken at SFU)

3

BUSN 207

ACCT 254 (may be taken at SFU)

3

BUSN 254

*ENGL 101 is strongly recommended as it satisfies SFU’s lower level writing (W) requirement for graduation.

Columbia College students seeking admission to the Pre-Commerce Program at the University of Victoria (UVic) are advised to take a minimum of 30 credits from the following courses:

Columbia College Courses

Credits

UVic Equivalent Courses

One of ENGL 100, 101 and one of 108, 110, 121, 131.

6

ENGL 135 and other ENGL courses

ECON 103

3

ECON 103

Two of MATH 111, 112 or BUSN 290, BUSN 291

6

Various Math/Stats courses

BUSN 291

4

Various Math/Stats courses

Recommended Electives

 

 

ECON 105

3

ECON 104

ECON 207

3

ECON 205

PHIL 113

3

PHIL 201

PSYC 240

3

PSYC 231

SOCI 110

3

SOCI 100A

Note: Students are advised not to take Columbia College’s 2nd-year business courses, as UVic requires that these courses be taken in year 3 at UVic.

Communication

The University Transfer Communication Program is appropriate for students who wish to specialize in Applied Media, Public Policy, Telecommunications, and Marketing Research.

Careers in Communications are numerous: journalist, editor, public relations expert, media consultant, advertising director, producer, film editor, media researcher, public policy consultant, media broadcaster.

A sample of a Communication program course load:

Semester 1

Semester 2

English 100 (3)

English 110 (3)

Mass Communication 110 (3)

Mass Communication 220 (3)

Mass Communication 130 (3)

Anthropology 110 (3)

French 101 (3)

Philosophy 113 (3)

 

Sociology 110 (3)

15 semester credits

15 semester credits

Computer Science

Students in a Columbia College Computer Science program take courses at the first and second year level and may then seek admission to one of several university faculties, including Science (UBC), Applied Sciences (SFU), and Engineering (UVic). Specific course requirements vary among universities, but core first year courses are fairly standard.

Admission to Computer Science Departments is highly competitive. As a result, alternatives to a degree in Computer Science are becoming increasingly popular among students who are primarily interested in the applications, as opposed to the theory of Computer Science. Students are advised to learn about related programs.

A sample Computer Science program course load:

Semester 1

Semester 2

English 100 (3)

English 110 (3)

Mathematics 113 (3)

Mathematics 114 (3)

Computer Science 120 (3)

Computer Science 125 (3)

Economics 103 (3)

Computer Science 150 (3)

Philosophy 101 (3)

Mathematics 252 (3)

15 semester credits

15 semester credits

Engineering

Columbia College offers courses that are equivalent to those taken in the first-year Engineering (Applied Sciences) programs at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of Victoria (UVic).

Students who complete the courses listed below qualify for a Columbia College First Year Engineering Certificate. Students interested in pursuing an Engineering degree at UBC, SFU, or UVic should consult a Columbia College counsellor (and also the specific university they wish to attend) in order to determine which of the courses listed below are required for the specific program in question.

Requirements for a Columbia College First Year Engineering Certificate:

Courses

 

Applied Science 151(4)

Computer Aided Engineering Graphics

Applied Science 160(3)

Fundamentals of Computer Programming for Engineers

Chemistry 121 (4)

General Chemistry I

Chemistry 123 (4)

General Chemistry II

English 100 (3) or English 101 (3)

Language and Composition or Approaches to Academic Writing

Mathematics 113 (3)

Calculus I (for Sciences)

Mathematics 114 (3)

Calculus I (for Sciences)

Mathematics 252 (3)

Linear Algebra & Differential Equations

One of the following three combinations of Physics courses:

Physics 110 (4) & 120 (4)
Physics 110 (4) & 130 (4)
Physics 130 (4) & 120 (4)

 

Newtonian Mechanics & Electricity & Magnetism
Newtonian Mech. & Optics & Thermodynamics
Optics & Therm. and Electricity & Magnetism

Physics 118 (4)

Engineering Mechanics

Arts Elective (3)

Any Arts course

Total Credits:

42

Science

Students in the Science program can choose from a wide selection of courses including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

Many courses are taught in science labs, enabling students to conduct experiments and get a better grasp of scientific theory. Students can complete between 24 to 60 credits before transferring to second or third year at a university science program.

A sample Science program course load:

Semester 1

Semester 2

English 100 (3)

English 108 (3)

Mathematics 113 (3)

Physics 120 (4)

Physics 110 (4)

Chemistry 123 (4)

Chemistry 121 (4)

Mathematics 114 (3)

Sociology 110 (3)

Philosophy 102 (3)

17 semester credits

17 semester credits