Interdisciplinary Studies

UBC was a pioneer in teaching across disciplines, and today we have more integrated first-year programs than any other Canadian university. We passionately believe that this style of teaching is one of the most effective ways for you to become a critical, independent thinker.

Here are some examples of programs that embrace inter- and multi-disciplinary thinking:

Applied Science

Integrated Engineering – Rather than earning a degree in only one specific area of engineering, you can gain background in several core disciplines through the Integrated Engineering Program.

Arts

Arts One – Takes an innovative approach to the study of the humanities and focuses on English, History, and Philosophy. Instead of attending several separate lectures, you’ll attend one weekly lecture that is taught by a dynamic team of instructors from a variety of academic disciplines. The core to Arts One is an extensive reading list. You will read, discuss, and write essays about great works of literature, history, and philosophy, both ancient and modern.

Coordinated Arts Program – This introduction to core arts disciplines is taught in small, 25-person study groups. Choose from four streams: Civil and Sustainable Societies; Individual in Society; Global Citizens; and PPE: Political Science, Philosophy & Economics.

Interdisciplinary Studies BA Program – An alternative to the traditional, department-based major. Design your own cross-disciplinary course of study in consultation with an advisor.

Forestry

Natural Resources Conservation – Immerse yourself in the multidisciplinary world of conservation science and get prepared for a range of career options: from resource conservation to managing protected areas to landscape planning.

Land & Food Systems

Global Resources Systems – This award-winning program lets you combine language, travel, and science as your studies focus on a specific region of the world.

Science

Science One  – This team-taught program blends biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics into a challenging format that allows you to hone your critical thinking, analytical skills, and independent thought through lectures, tutorials, laboratories, and field trips.

Coordinated Science Program – This popular program allows students to explore the connections between all scientific disciplines – biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and math – in an intimate learning environment.

Environmental Sciences Program – Interested in understanding the major environmental issues facing human societies? This program offers a integrative, cross-disciplinary approach to the study of these important issues.

Integrated Sciences Program – An alternative to the traditional, department-based major. Design your own cross-disciplinary course of study in consultation with an advisor.