Technically I have third year standing though, so when people ask what year I’m in, I say third XD

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Posted by: idm04 | 2014/05/12

Fifth-year courses in UBC Sciences!

Courses listed here were taken between September 2013 and April 2014. The more I think about it, the sillier my naming system for these posts seems…

Other posts of potential interest:

First-year Courses in UBC Sciences!
Second-year Courses in UBC Sciences!
Third-year Courses in UBC Sciences!
Fourth-year Courses in UBC Sciences!

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Posted by: idm04 | 2014/05/04

Involvement & Extracurriculars

My posts are generally quite heavy on academics, so I thought I should talk about my non-academic UBC activities to let other students know what kinds of opportunities are out there. For each position I’ve held I try to mention things I liked/disliked, and what I would’ve done differently.

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Posted by: idm04 | 2013/11/14

UBC’s Annual Report on Enrolment (2012W)

UBC’s Annual Report on Enrolment in 2012 came out recently, revealing some potentially interesting facts!

  • Enrolment is up to 49,241 students for the Vancouver campus, a 2% increase from last year.
  • Over the next few years, there will be fewer domestic students admitted to UBC because the number of domestic students at UBC has increased beyond what the government can fund.
  • International students represent 17% of the student population at the Vancouver campus.  Over the last year, international enrolment in direct entry degree programs increased by 14%.  It is expected that new intakes for international undergraduate students will increase by 10% per year over the next three years.
  • The mean admission average of a first year student on the Vancouver campus was 89.7%, which is the same as in the previous cycle.  This year marks the first that broad based admissions was used, and about 12% of first years would not have been admitted if not for these broad based admissions.
  • The Faculty of Science has the highest admission average out of all Faculties at 92.3%.  The lowest was Forestry at 83.1%.
  • Approximately one third of the Vancouver campus student population self-identify as ‘White’, and approximately one third self-identify as ‘Chinese’.  Note: Only 42% of students filled in the ethno-racial survey.




Posted by: idm04 | 2013/06/23

Transition: High school to first year

This post will cover certain aspects of the transition from high school to first year Sciences at UBC. As with pretty much all of my posts, this contains a lot of my own opinions, so take anything here with a grain of salt and double check the sources if you want to be certain that you have accurate and up to date information. i.e. This post may be out of date and inaccurate.

The topics covered in this post are based on what first year students tend to ask coming into UBC Sciences. Please post questions below if you have any.

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Posted by: idm04 | 2013/06/15

Fourth-year courses in UBC Sciences!

Courses listed here were taken between September 2012 and April 2013. This is the only version of this post. “Fourth-year courses” actually just means any courses taken in my fourth calendar year of attending UBC.

Also see MICB 405, MICB 421, and PHIL 330A in Fifth-year courses in UBC Sciences.

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Posted by: idm04 | 2013/05/31

May 31st, 2013- Scitable


Today, I came across Scitable, which is a “learning space for Science” by Nature.  It’s basically a library of articles on the topics of common concepts taught in university-level classes, but sometimes a bit more.  For example, in the Genetics section, they have sections on Gene Inheritance and Transmission; Gene Expression and Regulation; Nucleic Acid Structure and Function; Chromosomes and Cytogenetics; Evolutionary Genetics; Population and Quantitative Genetics; Genomics; Genes and Disease; and Genetics and Society.

They don’t really go into gory detail or anything, and I find the language used easy to read.  I think this will help introduce me to concepts that my university degree has essentially failed to teach me (so far), such as bioinformatics, genomics, molecular biology and epigenetics (or genetics in general).  Even though they don’t go into a lot of detail, I think reading them will allow me to more easily read more detailed articles like actual papers, which they cite so I could just read some of those if I want to learn more.


I went to this informal Q&A career resources session hosted by two profs who were the professors for a genetics course I took, and there were about 10 students who showed up and disappeared one by one as the session went along. There isn’t a whole ton of information here as I didn’t take notes, but I wanted to share it because what I remember because it could be useful for some people…

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Posted by: idm04 | 2012/09/02

Third-year Courses in UBC Sciences!

There will be no summary version or detailed version.  This will be the only version.  Courses listed here were taken from September to December of 2011 (Term 1) and I didn’t take any courses in Term 2 because it was a co-op term.

Thus, “missing” second term third-year courses are under “Fourth-year courses in UBC Sciences“.

Other posts:

Second-year Courses in UBC Sciences (Summary)
First-year Courses in UBC Sciences
Transition: First year to second year
Fourth-year Courses in UBC Sciences!
List of my “UBC Academic Stuff” posts (like this one)

Courses included in this post:

MICB 301
MICB 302
MICB 306
MICB 322
STAT 200 (elective)

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This post is going to be about the Second-Year courses that I took at UBC during Term 2 of the Winter 2010 Session (January 2011 to April 2011), following last term.  This will be a detailed version.  If you don’t want to read as much, read the summary version.  (I actually suggest reading the summary version first.)

Other posts:

Second-year Courses in UBC Sciences (Summary)
Second-year Courses in UBC Sciences – Term 1
First-year Courses in UBC Sciences
Second-Year Schedule
Transition: First year to second year
List of my “UBC Academic Stuff” posts (like this one)

This post may not be helpful to everyone in second-year Science, because as one progresses through university, one’s courses or program of study becomes more specialized.  I still hope it will be helpful to some who plan to take the same course(s).  Also, be aware that course details will change over time.

Second-Year Courses taken:

BIOL 200
BIOL 201 (Term 2)
CHEM 205 (Term 2)
CHEM 233
CHEM 235 (Term 2)
MATH 200 (2010S)
MATH 220
MATH 223
MICB 201 (Term 2)
MICB 202 (2010S)

Please read the summary version of this post if you want to know about MUSC 103 or EOSC 112.  There is no detailed version for those courses, sorry.

As always, please feel free to leave a comment or a question and I will answer it as soon as possible.  If you ask a question and I reply to it, please reply back so that I know you read my response.

Note: All prices listed in this post were from 2010W, unless otherwise stated.

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