COVID-19 Information for the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program

This page has been developed to provide information for students of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPSc) program only.


In response to the current COVID-19 emergency situation, all BPSc Year 1 prescribed lecture courses will be delivered completely online for the 2020 Winter Term 1 Session. Students are not expected to be present on campus for the 2020 Winter Term 1 Session.

Please note that at this moment no laboratory course instruction will take place in the 2020 Winter Term 1 Session, these laboratory courses may be offered in-person during the 2020 Winter Term 2 Session and 2020 Summer Sessions. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

As courses are not going to instructed as usual, UBC Chemistry has introduced new courses that allow students to take the lecture and laboratory sections of the courses independently, please visit this UBC Chemistry COVID page for more details.

Message from Dr. Abby Collier

Dear BPSc Students,

We celebrate your entry to the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPSc) degree at UBC as the inaugural class, and the foundation of excellence in our new program.

At a time of much uncertainty, we assure you that we are aware of the challenges you face and are working hard to find solutions for you individually, and for our program as a whole. The global public health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease is constantly changing and we continue to make adjustments in order to deliver an outstanding program of study in the coming year. Decisions about the BPSc are always taken in consultation with UBC’s and our Faculty’s Senior Leadership, and also acknowledging government directives from Canada and abroad.  

We will update this web page regularly with information and links to updates from our Faculty and others (e.g. Science), UBC as a whole, and relevant provincial and national governments. 

The faculty, staff and current students in Pharmaceutical Sciences welcome you. We are here to support you in your transition to University and for the multiple new educational and life challenges that you will have, as well as celebrating new successes with you.

Best wishes

Abby C. Collier BSc, PhD
Professor of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 
Director, BPSc Degree Program

Updates – Email Communications

Coronavirus (COVID-19) BPSc Program Student FAQs

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of our highest priority. UBC understands that the current COVID-19 emergency situation brings up a lot of uncertainty in what the 2020 school year will look like, and is dedicated to providing you with the best university experience possible. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences continues to monitor new developments from UBC, Office of the Provincial Medical Health Officer and the Ministry of Health. Please check the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response page for general UBC COVID-19 updates or the Student FAQs page for UBC-wide student COVID-19 FAQs.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. It is our goal to provide you with the best educational experience possible during this time of uncertainty.


1. Will the Winter Session Term 1 be held online or in-person?
2. Can students visit the UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building?

3. Has the application process been impacted by COVID-19?

4. How will the course curriculum be impacted?

5. What resources are available to UBC students to support with learning remotely?

6. Where can I find health and wellbeing support or resources?

7. Is the UBC Bookstore still open?

8. Where can I find UBC financial support options?

9. Where can I find information on Canadian travel?

10. What resources are available to international students specifically?

11. What student accessibility resources are available?

12. How will student housing be affected by COVID-19?


1. What is Jump Start and is how has it been impacted by COVID-19?

2. What is Imagine UBC and is how has it been impacted by COVID-19?


1. How will classes be delivered in the Winter Session Term 1?

2. What software/tools do I need to successfully access my classes online?

Additional Questions and Suggestions

If you have any questions at all or would like to provide suggestions on how the program can better support you during this time, please submit them via this online form and we can try to address any concerns or forward them to units who can.

This is entirely optional and you can submit multiple times. We will review comments on a regular basis.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response

For UBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and updates, please visit