Study our planet’s history and the structure and properties of Earth while you learn to apply scientific knowledge from many disciplines. You’ll investigate issues and questions relating to an increasing human population, the sustainability of resource use, degradation caused by pollution and disturbance, and the endangerment and extinction of species and natural systems.
- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
- 4 yrs Length
- Yes Co-op Option
- Yes Honours Option
Earth and Environmental Sciences is the study of the history, structure, and properties of the earth. The program applies scientific knowledge from many disciplines to issues relating to pollution, resource use and sustainability, and the endangerment and extinction of species and natural systems.
You will gain a fundamental understanding of past and present relationships among air, water, rocks and minerals, and biota. The emphasis of the program is on the interactions between humans and the environment, and because the program is extremely flexible, you can focus on the environment or the solid earth in your studies.
Experiential learning and research
Coursework is enhanced with field trips and extensive opportunities to get your hands dirty in Kelowna’s great outdoors. In third or fourth years of study, you have the option of completing directed studies and conducting independent readings and research. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.
Facilities include the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES), which works in ecology, biodiversity and conservation, and environmental sustainability. State-of-the-art instruments include a DNA sequencer, molecular laboratory equipment, and high-performance computers.