Are you interested in becoming a leader in solving sustainability problems such as climate change, pollution, and social and economic inequality? Or maybe you want to help people lead healthier, more active lives? Perhaps you want to become a proficient speaker in the Nsyilxcn Language and learn about ways to sustain and revitalize language traditions, and protect the knowledge of Indigenous communities?
Whatever your interests, we have a program for you. We’ve recently introduced three new options at UBC: Bachelor of Sustainability, Health and Exercise Sciences, and Nsyilxcn Language Fluency.
Read on to learn more about these programs and discover if they’re right for you.
Bachelor of Sustainability (Okanagan campus)
As one of the few sustainability degrees in Canada, UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Sustainability will give you key skills to critically assess and propose solutions to contemporary sustainability challenges, such as climate change, pollution, and social and economic inequality.
The degree includes both foundational knowledge and hands-on, community-based learning. As a student in the Bachelor of Sustainability degree program, you will participate in experiential learning activities unique to UBC Okanagan’s campus, a location with ready-made access to urban, agricultural, and wilderness environments that are real-world labs.
The Bachelor of Sustainability will develop your skills and knowledge to enable you to take action to solve sustainability problems at both a local and global scale.
Health and Exercise Sciences (Okanagan campus)
In UBC Okanagan’s Health and Exercise program, you will learn how to help people lead healthier, more active lives. As a student in the program, you’ll examine the interdisciplinary nature of human health, including the psychological, physiological, neuromechanical, and socio-cultural aspects of movement. Together, these will equip you with valuable practical skills to work with individuals across their lifespan.
Over the course of your degree, you’ll have the option to complete one of three concentrations: Kinesiology and Allied Health, Health Behaviour Change, or Clinical Exercise Physiology. Each concentration offers a strategic career focus to best prepare you to be a leader in your field. You can apply for a concentration during your second year.
When you graduate, your career could include working as a kinesiologist, or leading community programming with a focus on the role of exercise and physical activity in improving health, fitness and performance. With your degree, you could also go on to pursue graduate studies in a variety of allied health professions, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, athletic therapy, or medical school.
Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (Okanagan campus)
The Nsyilxcn Language Fluency program at UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative collaboration between communities, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), En’owkin Centre, and UBC Okanagan to sustain and revitalize language traditions, restore language competence, and protect the knowledge of Indigenous communities.
Over the course of the program, you’ll achieve an advanced level of written and oral proficiency through classes that tackle language skills, instructional capacity, Indigenous ways of knowing, and more. As well as becoming a proficient speaker, you’ll learn about multiple ways to contribute to the language’s recovery and revitalization efforts in your communities.
The Nsyilxcn Language Fluency program is fully immersive, with research, internship, and community engagement opportunities embedded in the curriculum.
To apply to the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency at UBC Okanagan, you must first have completed the Nsyilxcn Language diploma at NVIT. The diploma will be your first two years of study, with the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency forming the final two.
When you graduate, your career could include Indigenous outreach, careers within social services, community interpreter or translator, Indigenous affairs officer or government policy work, language assessor or literacy coach, or jobs in natural resources using traditional ecological knowledge.