LFS Undergraduate Student Handbook

table of contents

Student Responsibilities
Role of Student Services
Important Contacts
Student Contact Information
Your Faculty
Academic Requirements
Changing Your Mind
Academic Regulations
Resource Directory

1. student responsibilities

As students at The University of British Columbia and in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, you are responsible for:

  • Reading the UBC Calendar to learn such important points as all deadlines and important events.
  • Knowing all degree requirements, academic policies, regulations, and procedures for your program.
  • Maintaining your own accurate records of all grade reports, transfer credit evaluations, and advisor’s recommendations.
  • Knowing yourself. Clarifying your goals and personal values.
  • Taking the initiative to seek help.
  • Asking questions until you are sure that you understand the answer. Writing down the answers for your records.
  • Coming prepared to see the advisor. Doing some preliminary course planning, and making a list of your concerns. Visiting the UBC Academic Calendar and reviewing the degree requirements for your program:
  • Taking responsibility for your academic decision-making.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the resources available to you on campus.
  • Familiarizing yourself with UBC Learning Commons’ Guide to Academic Integrity.
  • Informing Enrolment Services of your address, email or telephone number changes.

Keeping yourself informed and involved in the advising process will help you to outline your options and provide you with a variety of directions to choose from.

Knowing your own goals and values will ensure that you select the option that suits you best.

UBC expects its students to make their own decisions about their degree programs, although any chosen program does have its clear requirements that you must follow. You have the ultimate responsibility for your academic success or failure.

Degree requirements are available online at

2. role of student services

Student Services is located in the MacMillan Building, Room 344: [View Map]

The role of Student Services within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems is to:

  • Provide information about programs and courses.
  • Assist in the selection of appropriate courses.
  • Provide information on course availability and registration procedures.
  • Help students choose a major.
  • Direct students to other campus resources for additional information if needed.
  • Provide letters of permission for approved study elsewhere.
  • Provide letters verifying graduation.
  • Assist students in checking their degree progress.

Student Services is responsible for producing and disseminating information regarding:

  • Faculty and University academic rules and regulations.
  • Careers and employment and advanced educational opportunities.
  • Awards and scholarships.

3. important contacts

**NB: Remember to include your name and student number when calling or emailing an advisor.**

All Undergraduate Students

LFS Student Services
344 – 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


Office Hours:

  • Mon-Wed + Fri, 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Thurs, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Christine Klaray
344F MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Karalee De Boer
Academic Advisor
344E MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
students@landfood.ubc.caNatalie Lim
Academic Advisor
344E MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Sarah Makepeace
International Academic Advisor
344G MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Emma Rowbotham
Student Engagement Officer
344B MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Joel Liman
Aboriginal Student Coordinator
344H MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Applied Biology Program
Applied Animal Biology & Pre-vet Chris McGill
APBI Program Coordinator; Animal Welfare Research Coordinator
191 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Dan Weary
Professor, Applied Biology
Animal Welfare Program
189 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Marina von Keyserlingk
Professor, Animal Welfare
181 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Applied Plant and Soil Sciences Andy Black
Applied Biology
135 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Food and the Environment Chris McGill
APBI Program Coordinator
191 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Food Nutrition & Health Program
Dietetics Tamar Kafka (on maternity leave)
Dietetics Program Advisor
Food, Nutrition & Health
248 Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
tamar.kafka@ubc.caHeather Tufts
Dietetics Program Advisor
Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
Karol Traviss
Senior Instructor; Dietetics Program Advisor
Food, Nutrition & Health
240 Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
Kara Vogt
Dietetics Practice Educator
Food, Nutrition & Health
248 Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
Food Market Analysis Richard Barichello
339 MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
International Nutrition This program is no longer being offered.

LFS Student Services
344 – 2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


Nutritional Sciences Zhaoming Xu
Associate Professor
Food, Nutrition & Health
219 Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
Food Science;
Food & Nutritional Science;
Food, Nutrition & Health
Vivien Measday
Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition & Health
Wine Research Centre
325 Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
vmeasday.advising@ubc.caChristine Scaman
Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Academic
Food, Nutrition & Health
247 Food, Nutrition & Health
2205 East Mall, V6T 1Z4
Global Resource Systems Program
Roxana Quinde
Global Partnerships/
Global Resource Systems
344C MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Exchange Programs Roxana Quinde
Global Partnerships/
Global Resource Systems
344C MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Computer Accounts & Support The Learning Centre
268A MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
Graduate Studies Lia Maria Dragan
Program Assistant, Graduate Programs
344J MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4
lfs.gradapp@ubc.caShelley Small
Manager, Graduate Programs
344D MacMillan Building
2357 Main Mall, V6T 1Z4

4. student contact information

Change of Address

All official university correspondence will be mailed to the contact information UBC has on file for you. Therefore it is important to keep this information up to date. Changes can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Online on your Student Service Centre (SSC)
  • At Student Information Kiosks in Brock Hall
  • By phoning Enrolment Services at 604.822.9836 (Have your student number ready)
  • Emailing Enrolment Services at records.inquiry@ubc.ca (Include your student number and degree)

LFS Undergraduate Society (LFS|US)

The LFSUS is the student governing body that is responsible for the organizing and hosting undergraduate activities and events such as the annual community dinner, BBQ’s and related gatherings. The members of LFSUS represent all the program areas of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Elections are held every year and we encourage you to get involved. The LFSUS members volunteer a great deal of their time and energy throughout the year… help is always welcome. The LFSUS office is located in MacMillan Rm 64. The door is always open. There is a microwave oven, fridge and telephone available to all students free of charge.

5. your faculty

APPLIED BIOLOGY – B.Sc. (APBI), Bachelor of Science (Applied Biology)

Applied Biology is attractive to students because of its: focus on problem solving and application of theory to issues relevant to today’s society; emphasis on skill development in the areas of research methods, literacy and communication; and unique career opportunities arising from society’s growing concern over various aspects of nutrition, and health, food safety and security, food production methods (e.g., animal welfare and plant biotechnology) and environmental impacts of food production.

FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH – B.Sc. (FNH), Bachelor of Science (Food, Nutrition & Health)

This program focuses on food security, and its impact on health. It involves the integration of new knowledge and advances in science and technology with socioeconomic, cultural, ethical and legal considerations in the provision of a safe, nutritious, food supply that is both sustainable and cost efficient. The Food, Nutrition and Health program provides students with a broad education in food science, nutrition, and food marketing as well as an academic background to pursue careers as professional dietitians, nutritionists and food scientists.

GLOBAL RESOURCE SYSTEMS – B.Sc. (GRS), Bachelor of Science (Global Resource Systems)

Undergraduate students study science in the context of a region of the world, gaining an understanding of agricultural and natural resource systems from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The curriculum involves a “double major” of sorts – a resource specialization and a regional specialization.

6. academic requirements

(Source: UBC Calendar)


Any student whose academic record is unsatisfactory, as determined by tests and examinations, may be required to withdraw from the Faculty at any time. At the end of the academic year, any student who has not followed the courses required for their program of study may be required to withdraw regardless of their academic performance.


There are three categories of Academic Standing: Passing Year, Academic Probation, and Failed Year Standing. The criteria for Academic Standing depends on the number of credits that a student is registered in during the Winter Session (September to April):

A. Passing Year

To achieve a Passing Year students must meet one of the following:

  • If registered in 15 or more credits: pass a minimum of 60% of credits attempted with a sessional average of 60% or greater.
  • If registered in fewer than 15 credits: pass a minimum of 50% of credits attempted with a sessional average of 60% or greater.

B. Academic Probation

Students will be placed on Academic Probation if:

  • They fail more than 6 credits, but still pass 60% of courses attempted.
  • They achieve an overall average between 50% and 59.9%.
  • They are re-admitted to the Faculty after having been required to withdraw.

Students are normally only permitted one year of Academic Probation on their academic record.

C. Failed Year

Students will be assigned Failed Year standing if:

  • Their academic average falls below 50%.
  • They do not fall in to one of the above-named categories.

A student who is assigned Failed Year Standing may be required to discontinue from the Faculty for a period of at least one academic year, after which an application for readmission will be considered.

Students are permitted to apply for readmission only after successfully completing 30 credits in another program offering courses transferable to UBC. This program must be applicable to the student’s degree program.

Readmission is not guaranteed, but students are advised to achieve at least 60% (“C”) on these 30 credits with no failures to be competitive for readmission. Normally, a student with Failed Year Standing will not be eligible for direct admission to another UBC program, and be required to complete these 30 credits at another post-secondary institution.


Students will be classified or promoted according to the following criteria:

A) to second year: successful completion of 24 or more credits of prescribed first-year courses.

B) to third year: successful completion of 54 or more credits, and all the required first-year courses. Students who do not meet this requirement will not normally be permitted to enrol in third-year or higher level courses in the Faculty.

C) to fourth year: successful completion of a total of 89 or more credits, including completion of all required first- and second-year courses.

At the end of the academic year, any student who has not followed the courses required for their program of study may be classified as being in Program Deficiency, and may be required to withdraw regardless of their Academic Standing, as described above.


(Source: UBC Calendar)

Graduates from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems are expected to collaborate and communicate effectively and professionally as members of diverse stakeholder teams. To develop this competency, students in the Faculty must complete  LFS 150 or ENGL 112. SCIE 113, WRDS 150, ENGL 100, APSC 176, Science One, Arts One or Coordinated Arts can also be used to satisfy this requirement. These credits may not be earned through Credit/D/Fail standing. All students admitted to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems must take immediate steps to satisfy the Communication Requirement.

Satisfactory completion of the Language Proficiency Index Requirement for First-Year English (LPI)examination or exemption is prerequisite to LFS 150 (score of 4 or greater on the LPI essay section required) and all first-year English courses at UBC (score of 5 or greater on the LPI essay section required). Students who have not successfully completed the LPI Requirement by the time they have completed 30 credits will normally have access to registration for the following academic session blocked, and may be prevented from taking additional courses in their program until the LPI Requirement has been met. Students unable to enrol in a first-year ENGL course because of an unsatisfactory LPI score are advised to take a non-credit writing course through the UBC Writing Centre.

Students admitted to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems on transfer from another post-secondary institution and receiving 3 or 6 credits of first-year English at UBC, may be permitted to meet the Communication Requirement if a minimum grade of 70% is achieved. Students who complete the International Baccalaureate program or Advanced Placement courses and are awarded 6 credits of first-year English by UBC Undergraduate Admissions have met the Communication Requirement. Students with questions about the completion of this requirement are encouraged to contact LFS Student Services.

Students who have not completed the Communication Requirement by the time they have completed 54 credits will normally have access to registration for the following academic session blocked, and may be prevented from taking additional courses in their program until the Communication Requirement has been met.

Opportunities to engage in, and improve reading, writing and oral communication exist in all courses.

Student performance on written work in all courses in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems may be evaluated in part on grammar and syntax.


UBC requires at minimum that as student complete at least 120 credits in order to graduate. Students must satisfy at least 50% of the credits required for the program while registered in the program (exchange included) while at least 45 credits of this total must be taken at an upper-level (300 or 400).

7. exams


Under these circumstances, you should bring documentation that supports your request (e.g. family physician, Student Health Services, Counselling Services, Access & Diversity, etc.) to Student Services located in room 344 of the H.R. MacMillan Building as soon as possible. Your note will be verified for authenticity. If your note corroborates your request, our office in coordination with the course instructor will explore options for academic concession. Our office makes decisions that align with the guidelines in the UBC Calendar. Academic concessions are not guaranteed.

Academic concession will normally only be granted once per course. If for any reason you are unable to attend the make-up exam, you may not receive further concession. Please connect with LFS Student Services in this circumstance.


An examination hardship is considered to be three or more examinations within one day, or within a 24-hour period. If this happens to you, speak first with the course instructors to try to devise an alternative schedule. If unsuccessful, you should then speak to the Program Advisors involved. If still unsuccessful, make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Dean.

You should be aware that it might not be possible to reschedule any of your examinations. You should always be prepared to write the exams at the scheduled times.


The Faculty does not allow supplemental exams, regardless of whether or not the course is offered by the Faculty.


Please do not make travel arrangements before the exam schedule is published. Deferring or rescheduling exams is not allowed on the basis of travel.


Regular attendance is expected of students in all their classes. Students who neglect their academic work and assignments may be excluded from the final examination. Students who are unavoidably absent because of illness or disability should report to their instructors on return to lecture or laboratory class..

8. changing your mind


View the online calendar, click on Academic Year and then on All Year for withdrawal deadlines. Separate deadlines exist for withdrawing with and without a ‘W’ appearing on your transcript. Students commonly assume that a ‘W’ on the transcript represents an extraordinary blight on their academic record. In reality, a ‘W’ simply indicates that a student was in the course, and then withdrew. A few ‘Ws’ in the midst of first-class marks over a four-year career are generally meaningless. Similarly, a 60% career average, with no ‘Ws’ still represents a below-average performance.

If extenuating circumstances exist, you may be allowed to withdraw from courses, even after the deadline has passed. If you have suffered from medical or personal problems, you should make an appointment to discuss your situation with LFS Student Services. At this meeting, you should bring a statement from your doctor or counsellor, and a “Change of Registration” form signed by the course instructor verifying the date of last attendance. You may visit Student Health Services on campus or your family doctor. Please do not delay this consultation with a medical professional to verify authenticity. Student Services will follow up on notes with your health care professional. A doctor’s note does not guarantee that you will be allowed to withdraw past the deadline. Please be aware that even if your course instructor approves withdrawal, the ultimate decision to approve the withdrawal rests with Student Services.


(Source: UBC Calendar)

Students are not permitted to take courses for academic credit at other post-secondary institutions concurrently with their program in the Faculty without receiving prior consent from the Director, Student Academic Services. Permission is normally given only if you have previously failed the course twice at UBC – taking the course at a different institution is mandatory. If you wish to complete courses at other post-secondary institutions, please visit the Student Services Office to discuss your request.


Throughout the year, we review all of our students’ programs to ensure they are making progress towards fulfilling their academic goals. In instances where we are concerned that a student may be hindering their chances of academic success, a block may be placed on their registration. Registration activity will be denied until the student has met with an advisor in Student Services to discuss the area of concern.

Reasons for a block being placed on registration are as follows:

  • Not registered in courses appropriate for degree program.
  • LPI requirement not met.
  • English requirement not met.
  • Unsatisfactory performance – failed year or probationary status.

9. academic regulations


Academic integrity is essential to the continued functioning of the University of British Columbia as an institution of higher learning and research. Students at UBC, as members of an academic community dedicated to excellence in scholarship, must meet the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct. Commitment to these standards is essential in helping the University meet its obligations to discover knowledge, enhance understanding and encourage creativity. It is through the commitment of its faculty, staff and students to these principles and standards, that UBC fosters a high respect for our graduates, our scholarship and our integrity. Members of the University community who fail to live up to these expectations may be disciplined. The University’s principles and procedures on academic misconduct are available in the UBC Calendar.


A student will only receive credit for work that is the product of the student’s own effort and insight. It is the student’s obligation to inform himself or herself of the applicable standards for academic honesty. Students must be aware that standards at The University of British Columbia may be different from those in secondary schools or at other institutions. Penalties will be imposed in instances where it is clear that students are submitting work as their own that has been done, in whole or in part, by others. No such penalties would apply in clearly defined situations where collaborative work is authorized. A student who is in any doubt regarding standards of academic honesty in a course or assignment should consult his or her instructor before submitting any work. Academic misconduct that is subject to disciplinary measures includes, but is not limited to, engaging in, attempting to engage in, or assisting others to engage in the following:

  1. Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs where an individual submits or presents the oral or written work of another person as his or her own. This includes submitting the same, or substantially the same, essay, presentation, or assignment more than once (whether the earlier submission was at this or another institution) unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor(s) to whom the assignment is to be submitted. Scholarship quite properly rests upon examining and referring to the thoughts and writings of others. However, when another person’s words or ideas are used, the author must be acknowledged in the text, in footnotes, in endnotes, or in another accepted form of academic citation. Where direct quotations are made, they must be clearly delineated (for example, within quotation marks or separately indented). Plagiarism encompasses situations in which there is no recognition given to the author for phrases, sentences, or ideas of the author incorporated in a work to situations in which an entire work is copied from an author, or composed by another person, and presented as original work. Plagiarism should not occur in submitted drafts or final works. A student who seeks assistance from a tutor or other scholastic aids must ensure that the work submitted is the student’s own. Students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted does not constitute plagiarism. Students who are in any doubt as to what constitutes plagiarism should consult their instructor before handing in any assignments.
  2. Cheating: Cheating includes, but is not limited to: falsifying any material subject to academic evaluation, including research data; engaging in unauthorized collaborative work; having in an examination any materials other than those permitted by the examiner; and using unauthorized means to complete an examination (e.g. receiving unauthorized assistance from a fellow student).
  3. Impersonating a candidate at an examination or other evaluation, or availing oneself of the results of an impersonation.
  4. Submitting false records or information, orally or in writing, or failing to provide relevant information when requested.
  5. Falsifying or submitting false documents, transcripts, or other academic credentials.
  6. Failing to comply with any disciplinary measure imposed for academic misconduct.


Instructors are required to report all instances of academic misconduct to the Associate Dean, Academic.


10. resource directory

AMS Clubs 604.822.2901
AMS Safe Walk Program 604.822.5355
AMS Tutoring 604.822.9084
Campus Security 604.822.8609
Counselling Services (free to UBC students) 604.822.9260
UBC Access & Diversity 604.822.5844
First Nations House of Learning 604.822.8941
Ombudsperson for Students 604.822.6149
Personal Security Coordinator 604.822.6210
Pride UBC (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning) 604.822.8227
RCMP, University Detachment 604.224.1322
Security Bus Service 604.822.6786
Sexual Assault Support Centre 604.827.5180
Student Health Psychiatry 604.822.7011
Student Health Services (Drop-Clinic: weekdays 8am-4pm) 604.822.7011
UBC Hospital Services 604.822.7121
Women’s Student Office (now part of Access & Diversity) 604.822.2415
Writing Centre (Chapman Learning Commons) 604.822.9564
AIDS Vancouver Helpline 604.696.4666
BC Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral 604.660.9382
Canadian Mental Health Association 604.872.4902
Eating Disorder Resource Centre of BC 604.875.2084
Health Initiative for Men (HIM) 604.488.1001
Men’s Health Resources (VCH) 604.736.2033
Qmunity (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning) 604.684.5307
Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter 604.872.8212
Suicide Attempt Counselling Service 604.675.3985
Women Against Violence Against Women – Rape Crisis Line 604.255.6344
BC Women’s Health Centre 604.875.2424