Are you interested in becoming a leader in the emerging global bioeconomy, or in solving the Earth’s most pressing environmental challenges? Perhaps your passion lies in the medical world, and learning how to engineer artificial organs or bones?
Whatever your interests, we have a program for you. We’ve recently introduced five new options at UBC: Biomedical Engineering, Food and Resource Economics, Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST), Manufacturing Engineering, and Sustainable Agriculture and Environment.
Read on to learn more about these programs and discover if they’re right for you.
Biomedical Engineering (Vancouver campus)
As a Biomedical Engineering student, you’ll learn how to create new biomaterials – synthetic or natural materials used for building different parts of the body, such as artificial organs and bones. Through traditional classroom instruction, hands-on studio time, and lab work, you’ll graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of biology and human anatomy, and know how to combine it with engineering design. After finishing your studies, you’ll be ready to work in the emerging field of biotechnology and more traditional sectors like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and engineering.
Food and Resource Economics (Vancouver campus)
As climate change continues to threaten species and cultures, a booming industry has emerged around foodstuffs and natural resources. In the Food and Resource Economics program, you’ll learn what the limitations and solutions are for optimizing the global food supply, and find out how best to deal with the world’s diminishing natural resources. In addition to gaining deep subject knowledge, you’ll discover how to work with large data sets and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. During your studies, you’ll be able to take a number of business management electives, allowing you to finish the program ready to work in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sectors.
Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) (Vancouver campus)
The Bachelor of Science in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) at UBC Vancouver is Canada’s first comprehensive program focused on the growing bioeconomy – the parts of the economy that involve producing renewable biological resources and transforming them into valuable products we use every day. You’ll learn about the scientific, economic, and policy issues related to the bioeconomy and how these intersect to create a sustainable future. With a BEST degree, you’ll be poised for a career focused on the design and development of renewable materials, energy, and sustainable land-use strategies, and be well-positioned to fill one of the 1 million new bioeconomy jobs predicted in the European Union by 2030.
Manufacturing Engineering (Okanagan and Vancouver campuses)
As a student in the Manufacturing Engineering program at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver, you’ll find out how to design new manufacturing materials, and coordinate manufacturing processes. Over four years, you’ll discover the best ways to create all kinds of products – everything from textiles to electronics to recyclables – in an efficient, cost-effective, and responsible way. You’ll be able to take courses in mechanical, materials, and computer engineering, and gain specific knowledge in how to manage production systems and industrial automation. In your final year, you’ll have the chance to specialize in production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus, depending on your unique career aspirations.
Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (Vancouver campus)
In the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment program, you’ll tackle a range of environmental challenges while tailoring your studies to your particular interests – from agricultural production to soil and water resources management to climate change. You’ll learn how to produce food in a way that protects our soils, water, and air; how to manage biodiversity and habitats for the organisms we rely on to help us grow our food; and which agricultural practices are best for urban environments. You’ll have access to a living laboratory for experiential learning at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, located at the UBC Farm on UBC’s Vancouver campus. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be primed for a professional career focused on shaping a more sustainable, food-secure future.