Arts One offers a smooth transition from high school while featuring a unique approach to your first year at university. Students choose from one of two themes, each of which challenges them to think about the “Big Questions” with fellow students and under the guidance of a dynamic team of instructors from a variety of academic disciplines.
Arts One offers an integrated approach to some of the most important and influential works in the humanities and social sciences from various cultural traditions, and from ancient to modern times. The program focuses on critical thinking, reading and writing skills, class discussion and the constructive feedback from professors and peers. Arts One blends three full-year courses into one cohesive course with one set of readings. Students receive 18 academic credits: 6 each for English, History and Philosophy. In addition to weekly lectures and seminars, a distinctive feature of arts one is the tutorial, where students meet with the instructor along with three classmates to present and discuss their essays – a system with a proven track record of strengthening writing skills. In addition to a standard timetable, interactive seminars, and small tutorials, the program also features a dedicated study space in the Irving K. Barber Centre.
The Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) introduces students to a variety of core disciplines from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Creative and Performing Arts within a supportive cohort setting. Students learn together in one of five multidisciplinary streams of study that encompass linked but separate courses connected by a broad research focus, such as Global Citizens, Law and Society, and Media Studies. Working with concepts and issues in conversation across their courses, students learn to think with breadth and flexibility about the complex questions and ideas of contemporary society. The annual CAP Student Research Conference showcases the original work students do in the program. CAP’s learning community model—small groups of students who take the same courses—helps students transition from high school to university, and offers peer as well as academic engagement, support and community.
Science One is a community in which students can immerse themselves in science. The 8-month program presents the traditional science disciplines in a unified, interdisciplinary format that cultivates critical, independent thought as the basis of scientific inquiry. Students create lifelong connections with friends and professors in the small tight knit community (75 students and 8 professors), beginning with a three-night trip to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island in September, and continuing through the engaging, student-centred environment. Unique research projects and leadership opportunities provide a rare opportunity in first year to develop skills that help students excel well beyond university.
The Coordinated Science Program (CSP) is a highly sought-after cohort program which offers an alternative to standard first year science, and is suitable for students who have broad scientific interests and want to explore the sciences in a community of like-minded students. The program provides a weekly CSP workshop with hands-on activities that reinforce coursework and support development of general academic skills such as collaborative problem solving and communication. The CSP workshop’s small size enables students to work in groups that facilitate supportive academic learning groups and strong relationships.
UBC is Canada’s only university to offer this unparalleled program with Sciences Po, France’s distinguished research-intensive and internationally-focused university. With a focus on politics and international studies, students learn through global experience and application in two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments. In their first two years of study at one of Sciences Po’s regional campuses, students focus on one of four world regional studies programs. The next two years are spent at UBC, where students complete either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Commerce. Upon graduation, students receive two degrees from two world-renowned universities. *Note: proficiency in French is not required for the Dual Degree program unless students choose to study in the Europe-Africa program in Reims.
The BIE is a unique degree that allows students to develop a deep understanding of the workings of the global economy, as well as a strong technical training that will allow them to go on to careers in business, government, or academia. This cohort-based program features a rigorous and challenging curriculum built around core courses from the Vancouver School of Economics and the Sauder School of Business. In addition to classrooms, computer labs and student lounge space designated exclusively to BIE students, the program also boasts a dedicated career centre and career counselling program, as well as a plethora of co-op/internship opportunities.
The B+MM program is a unique opportunity that allows ambitious and talented students to receive both a bachelor’s degree (in a non-Commerce discipline), and a Master of Management degree from the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the UBC Sauder School of Business in as little as 4.5 years. During their undergraduate studies, students take 1 Commerce course per year, building foundational skills, while being able to pursue all opportunities offered to them. Then, upon graduation, students enter the 6-month Master of Management program, gaining a competitive edge in the job market, with access to Sauder’s Business Career Centre, resources and award-winning Faculty.
Students will gain hands-on experience and the skills necessary to succeed in the competitive work force, without having to compromise their passions for the undergraduate degree of their choice. Learn what it means to have the best of both worlds with the B+MM Dual Degree.”
In the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism program, you will explore the connectedness of design across multiple scales. You’ll learn how design impacts society and the environment, and how the shaping of space can effect cultural changes. You’ll build a strong foundation in critical thinking and practical skills necessary to create environments that are socially and ecologically sustainable.
The Bachelor of Media Studies packages eight Arts disciplines and one Science discipline (Computer Science) into a multidisciplinary program at the undergraduate level. Throughout the degree, students engage in media theory, research methodology, and hands-on application, with opportunities to work with community and industry partners alongside their curriculum. Students are encouraged to participate in media-specific co-op opportunities, and structured terms abroad with partner universities in Copenhagen, Berlin and Munich.
The BFA is a four-year degree program in the Faculty of Arts, which blends artistic and professional practice, theory, and research. The degree is offered in the following areas of specialization: Creative Writing, Film Production, Theatre (Acting), Theatre (Design and Production), and Visual Art (*Note: All specializations will accept applications from high school students as of Fall 2016, except for Creative Writing, which accepts students going into their third year at UBC). Each specialization teaches students to be life-long learners, practicing artists and creative problem solvers.
The intention of this one-of-a-kind program is to meet the growing demand for urban green-space professions. The Bachelor of Urban Forestry is for students interested in areas such as urban ecology, sustainability planning, recreation, human well-being, forest sciences and management. In addition to featuring both local field courses in the Vancouver area, and international case studies based on UBC research and our professional networks in Asia, South America, Europe and across North America, the program offers a co-op program allowing students to gain hands-on experience.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Visual Art, immerses students in hands-on artistic practice and the historic study of visual art and global cultures. The program’s focus on studio production means that over 50% of the credits required for graduation are in that field. In addition, areas of media specialization include a mix of traditional and contemporary options, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking (lithography, etching, relief printing and screen printing), photography (darkroom and digital), video, and digital media.
UBC’s Bachelor of Management prepares students for graduate school, professional programs, and employment in any context or organization. Understand how to navigate today’s rapidly changing world through intensive collaboration and team work, critical thinking and an appreciation for shared solutions. Learning is enriched with practical challenges in competitions, engagement with local communities, and experience from a fourth-year Capstone Service Learning and Consulting course. Experience four years of integrated management, arts and science education in the program offering a variety of foundational and advanced courses. Focus your studies on accounting, entrepreneurial technology, finance, human resources, marketing, sustainability, and operations/supply chain management, while embracing the Faculty of Management’s cross-disciplinary approach to education. The BMgt program also offers opportunities to complete a minor in Computer Science, Economics, Sociology or Psychology.
The Bachelor of Media Studies on our Okanagan campus is a multidisciplinary program that takes Arts and Sciences disciplines and packages them into a professional program at the undergraduate level. This program combines artistic, technical and analytical skills to understand new media and the impact of technological innovation on interactions in our society. Throughout the degree, students take courses in theory, research methodology, and hands-on application, with opportunities to work with community and industry partners alongside their curriculum.
Based on its counterpart at Oxford University, the novel Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program allows students to hone their skills and abilities by becoming knowledgeable in the three related disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics. The program emphasizes both theory and practice, by placing practical issues relating to the environment, law, health, trade, immigration, education, child care, homelessness and agriculture within a broad theoretical, historical and economic context. The program will be of interest to anyone who would like to look critically at the world in which we live. It also prepares students to pursue careers in business, government and the non-profit sector, as well as for future studies in law, business, commerce, journalism, social work, education or public administration.
UBC’s Zoology program is a College of Applied Biology accredited program that studies animal biology from the perspective of the entire animal organism. The major in Zoology at Okanagan campus embraces a broad range of topics in animal biology (physiology, ecology, developmental biology). Students gain practical experience and skills in laboratory and fieldwork, computers, and communication. A globally recognized UBC degree in Zoology prepares graduates for a range of careers in such areas as conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, forensic biology, toxicology, and more. Work closely with classmates and professors while studying in outdoor settings where you can apply your knowledge and skills to solve real-world resource management problems.
This program provides you with a thorough training in Data Science, which focuses on making decisions supported by data. It is grounded in statistics – to formulate relevant questions and determine the answer based on data – and computer science – to manipulate and visualize data efficiently. Students use computer science and statistics to quantify information and make informed business decisions. Data Science graduates have an impact on society by supporting evidence-based decisions grounded in our ever-growing collection of data, and can go on to careers as business analysts, data analysts, data architects, or statisticians.
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences is the largest faculty on UBC’s Okanagan campus, offering eight graduate programs and over 30 disciplinary and interdisciplinary undergraduate programs across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, which are delivered by eight academic departments. Students learn from award-winning faculty and benefit from being part of world-class research taking place on campus.
The diverse programs housed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offer students the opportunity to create art in a variety of media and to reflect critically on the cultural production of others. Our students and professors work to understand our cultural pasts and to pose critical questions of our heritages with a view to building a creative future. Our work combines traditional scholarly and hands-on skills with contemporary technologies, merging individual talents through collaborative enterprise, beginning within the walls of the university, reaching beyond into the living communities around us, and preparing students for local and global opportunities.
Critical Studies offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies, French, English, and Spanish. Creative Studies offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. The Faculty also offers courses in German, Japanese, Film, Music, World Literatures and the Digital Humanities, as well as courses that are part of the Bachelor of Media Studies, a degree program jointly offered by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.
Graduate with more than a degree! UBC’s Co-operative Education Program (Western Canada’s largest) integrates students’ academic education with relevant, paid work experience in organizations in BC, across Canada or around the world. Students can expand their career networks and learn alongside professionals in the field with practicums, internships and co-op terms. UBC provides over 5,000 placements at top local and international organizations. The program helps build the skills to develop industry networks, secure work terms that act as a stepping-stone as students discover future career goals and build confidence when seeking employment now, and upon graduation.
UBC’s Go Global program provides students have endless opportunities to immerse themselves in new cultures and gain new perspectives. In fact, our students can choose to study at 207 different universities in 43 countries! Exchange offers students an opportunity to challenge themselves in a new environment and to gain confidence while strengthening their life skills. It highlights their ability to succeed in new and challenging environments, and can serve as the opportunity to demonstrate the problem solving, intercultural and language skills that they acquire throughout their degree. Furthermore, participating in an exchange program offers students the opportunity to develop skills and gain experience that employers are constantly on the lookout for, such as independence, initiative and adaptability.