Applied Plant and Soil Sciences

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Applied Plant and Soil Sciences integrates plant-soil-atmosphere systems with a focus on the science underpinning crop production and ecosystem management. You’ll gain competence in integrating scientific principles and have the flexibility to emphasize a major area of interest such as plant production and protection, soil quality, climate change, food security, or land reclamation. 

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Applied Plant and Soil Sciences examines human-made ecosystems through the application of best practices in agriculture, ecology, soil science, biotechnology, and other disciplines. The program explores vulnerability of systems to factors such as climate change, and at scales from small to large.

Applied Plant and Soil Sciences integrates plant-soil-atmosphere systems with a focus on the science underpinning crop production and ecosystem management. Students have the flexibility to emphasize a major area of interest such as plant production and protection, soil quality, climate change, food security, or land reclamation. Students will gain competence in integrating scientific principles and their effective communication.

Potential career paths include soil consultant, biometeorologist, environmental consultant, natural resource planner, ecologist, conservation officer, academic instructor, and reclamation specialist.

Campus features

The UBC Farm is located on the Vancouver campus – virtually uniquely among North America research universities – and offers a wide range of interdisciplinary learning, research, and community programs.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Applied Biology

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) (Requires the level indicated for individual faculties and schools. Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the Grade 11 level
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