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.
ATTENTION: INCOMING BPSc STUDENTS
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.
Abby C. Collier BSc, PhD
Professor of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Director, BPSc Degree Program
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.
As per the announcement made by Santa Ono, UBC’s President, on May 11, 2020 UBC is to primarily offer larger classes online with selected smaller classes conducted in-person.
On May 12th UBC announced a gradual phased resumption of on-campus research activities over the summer months. However, at this time the UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building is closed to all students and non-essential faculty and staff. Please refer to the UBC Broadcast page for the latest announcements or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
The interviews for the UBC BPSc program have always been offered online for maximum access for Canadian and International students. Offers are currently ongoing for the inaugural class. Please refer to UBC’s Undergraduate Programs and Admissions page on information on how your UBC application may have been impacted by COVID-19.
The governmental COVID-19 restrictions are changing frequently, hence as the Winter Session Term 1 is still a few months away. At this time we expect minimal impacts on the curriculum with a mixture of online and in-person teaching being discussed. Faculties are working collaboratively to ensure delivery of high-quality education.
Student health and wellbeing is of the highest priority at UBC. We understand that this may be a stressful time for many students and encourage them to make use of the health resources provided. Refer to the list below to access resources to help take care of your physical and mental health:
- Student Services Health and Wellbeing
- Get Active at Home with UBC Recreation
- Managing your Mental Health during the COVID-19 Outbreak
- UBC Counselling Services
- Students can also self-enrol for Wellness Centre Online, a platform where students can engaging in topics relevant to student wellbeing
- UBC students have free 24/7 access to confidential counselling provided by EMPOWER ME
- Students can use their UBC email address to register for a free TAO account, which empowers them to take the initiative to manage their own well-being through the support tools provided
- UBC Nursing also provides some resources for Staying Well when News is Stressful
- Additionally, the government of British Columbia has resources available, such as the Here2Talk program, to support students with their mental health concerns during this time.
The UBC Vancouver Bookstore is closed until further notice, however products can still be ordered online. Due to these changes, the UBC Bookstore is offering free standard shipping on some orders to anywhere in Canada while the stores remain closed. Please visit the bookstore’s website for the latest updates.
You can access information on financial advising and financial support through the financial planning page. This page offers students with information on topics such as scholarships, bursaries, loans, emergency funding and more.
Please refer to the UBC Resources and Services page on the Student Services website for details and updates on COVID-19 related student specific financial support resources.
This page also provides updates and FAQs on impacts on awards, loans and tuition.
At this time, the Government of Canada encourages everyone to avoid any non-essential travel, please visit this page for updates. As of March 25, 2020, under the Quarantine Act, anyone arriving British Columbia from outside of Canada has been mandated to self-isolate and monitor their symptoms for 14 days.
Please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website for more information about travel and the Quarantine Act.
Before you travel, you may also wish to download the International SOS Assistance App to aid in location-based travel planning as well as access the travel related resources provided by the Government of Canada.
First and foremost, please contact Student Services in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences via email at email@example.com as your primary point of contact.
UBC Student Services provides an International Student Guide with lots of information, resources and tools to help international UBC students.
Please visit the International Student: Immigration and Health Insurance FAQ on COVID-19 page to help answer your COVID-19 related immigration and health insurance questions.
Additionally, UBC provides some resources for international students planning their international travel to Vancouver, British Columbia.
UBC strives to create an accessible, supportive and equitable learning environment for all of its students. We recognize that students have different individual needs to support their academic and personal development. Please visit the UBC Student Services’ Centre for Accessibility page to learn more about support tools available for students with a disability or ongoing medical condition.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 emergency situation, all in-person services have been suspended, however support is still available through the telephone or online.
UBC Student Housing is currently working hard to develop its residence strategy in response to the emergency COVID-19 situation for the Winter Session Term 1. Please refer to the UBC Student Housing Response to COVID-19 page on the Student Residence – Vancouver website for updates.
Jump Start is a week-long orientation event open to all first-year direct-entry UBC students. The event introduces students to the UBC Vancouver campus, community and peers. This year Jump Start will be held from August 29 – September 04, 2020, please visit Student Service’s Jump Start page for more details on the event.
We are working collaboratively with The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSIC) here at UBC and will do our best to keep you updated with the most current news.
Imagine UBC is a one-day orientation event that introduces students to their academic environment, faculty and cohort. Imagine UBC is held on the first day of classes and will be held on September 08, 2020 this year. Don’t forget to show your faculty pride by wearing UBC’s PharmSci color: Coral Red! Please visit Student Service’s Imagine UBC page for more details on the event.
Again, we are working together with The Centre for Student Involvement & Careers (CSIC) here at UBC and will do our best to keep you updated with the most current news.
British Columbia is currently in Phase 2 of the four phased Restart Plan for COVID-19. As per the announcement made by Premier John Horgan and addressed by UBC President Ono, BC will move to Phase 3 (the Post-secondary institutions restart is part of this phase) between June and September, depending on public health advice. Although these are uncertain times for everyone, discussions and planning for the Winter Session Term 1 are underway and we will do our best to keep you updated.
UBC utilizes many learning technologies, such as Zoom, Canvas and Proctorio, to support students with online courses. Visit this page to help familiarize yourself to these tools and answer any questions you may have.
Additionally, UBC offers some software to all UBC Students at no cost, visit this page on the Information Technology website to access free software available to UBC Students.
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.