Get a head start in this first-year science program

Get a head start in this first-year science program

Ease your transition into university life by beginning your studies in Science One, a cohort-based program of 75 hardworking, enthusiastic students and nine dedicated professors at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

What makes Science One different

As part of the Science One cohort, you’ll attend all of your classes in the same classroom with the same group of students. Rather than racing across campus from class to class, you can spend more downtime getting to know your peers and getting acquainted with the campus on your own terms.

You’ll get off to a strong start by satisfying all of your first-year science requirements while participating in field trips, research projects, teamwork, and building your UBC community.

 

Science One was founded on the idea of giving first-year students an advantage by giving them access to the best teachers and researchers.

 

In addition to building strong peer connections in the UBC science community, you’ll get to know your professors better than in mainstream science classes – and they’ll know who you are too. Science One students receive strong reference letters from their professors for future studies, co-ops, and job placements.

What you’ll study in Science One

Science One integrates first-year mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology into one class taught at the honours level. By studying these concepts as an integrated whole, you’ll develop a strong foundation as an interdisciplinary scientist with skills that extend beyond any one subject.

 

“Everything was awesome! I thought that the integration of the sciences really gave a more rich experience. I learned more of what it would be like to be a scientist, rather than dragging my way through medicine’s prerequisites.” – Science One alumni

 

Field trips will round out your studies with real world experiences, and term research projects will give you genuine research experience – all before completing your first year of university.

Your Science One perks

  • Take all of your courses in the same classroom – no racing around campus!
  • Go on a field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
  • Enjoy a dedicated Science One learning and social space in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
  • Benefit from the 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • Network with a variety of scientists and innovators through the Science One lecture series.

What do Science One alumni do?

With a 25-year history, the Science One program has a far-reaching network of alumni. Students have used the program as a launchpad to propel themselves into illustrious careers with big brands such as Apple and Amazon, and into further studies at Cambridge Law, UBC Medicine, MIT, and more.

 

Does this sound like an incredible first year of university? Apply now to Science One

Programs spotlight: Math, chemistry, and physics

Programs spotlight: Math, chemistry, and physics

You possess a sharp, analytical mind. You like numbers, but you want to venture beyond what’s on the page – into complex analyses, real world problems, and bigger ideas. At UBC, your program opportunities in the fields of math, chemistry, and physics are immense, and your breadth of career options is equally matched.

Learn about the laws and forces of nature while gaining practical laboratory experience. Take math courses that emphasize powerful and versatile modes of thought, including abstraction and logical analysis. Study at the intersection of math, physics, and physical science while learning more about the planets and their environments. In math, chemistry, and physics on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, you can find your niche.

Explore your program options 

Astronomy

The Astronomy program at UBC’s Vancouver campus uses principles of physics and mathematics to investigate the fundamental nature of the universe and its evolution; the properties of galaxies; and the birth, evolution, and death of stars and black holes. You can apply this knowledge to solve problems in navigation, space flight, and satellite communications, as well as to develop the instrumentation and techniques used to observe and collect astronomical data. Learn more about Astronomy at UBC by reading about Michelle Kunimoto’s journey in the program.

The student scoop

Michelle Kunimoto, UBC Astronomy

Meet Michelle, an Astronomy student who shares the details of discovering a new planet. Plus, what that discovery means the future – hers, and the search for life on other planets.

 

Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry program at UBC’s Okanagan campus provides you with a solid education in the four key areas of chemistry – analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry – along with core courses in environmental chemistry and other fields, including biology and earth and environmental science. This program can be a stepping stone to medical, dental, or veterinary degrees, or prepare you for a future working in environmental protection, private and public analytical laboratories, and more.

 

The student scoop

Jeffrey Kerkovius, Chemistry, UBC

Meet Jeffrey, a Chemistry student on UBC’s Okanagan campus and the 2015 undergraduate researcher of the year. Read about why his years at UBC have been the best of his life.

Mathematics

In the field of mathematics, you can choose from seven programs across both campuses: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at both campuses, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at both campuses, Mathematical Sciences at both campuses, and Mathematics and Economics at the Vancouver campus. Depending on your specific interests within mathematics, you could be as focused and technical as analyzing the electrical impulses in an animal’s nervous system, or choose to concentrate in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics.

 

The student scoop

Valeria Narykina, Combined honours Biochemistry and Chemistry, UBC

Meet Valeria, a Science undergraduate student studying Biochemistry and Chemistry. Find out how she found her community, learned the value of a co-op, and is giving back as a leader.

 

Physics

Do you want to become a versatile scientist? In physics – available at both UBC’s Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus – you’ll study the material world and the energy that drives it, from the smallest particles like neutrinos and Higgs bosons to the very largest structures in the universe, and ultimately the universe itself. You can also complement your physics studies with a wide variety of science electives that will help you develop a comprehensive background in other disciplines.


See a full list of math, chemistry, and physics programs at UBC


Programs spotlight: People, culture, and society

Programs spotlight: People, culture, and society

Are you fascinated by the forces that shape human history? Do you want to learn more about the evolution of individual communities and peoples? Do you want to explore topics at the intersection of politics, art, culture, literature, music, design, and geography? One of UBC’s people, culture, and society programs could be for you.

Explore your program options 

Indigenous Studies

The Indigenous Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus explores the perspectives, histories, and contemporary issues of Indigenous peoples from around the world. You’ll examine key topics such as Indigenous governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, and other critical components of Indigenous heritage. This program will prepare you for a career in government, environmental assessment and resource management, Indigenous leadership, or Aboriginal-focused non-profit or community organizations.

 

The student scoop

Ella Maija Tailfeathers, First Nations Studies, UBC

Meet Elle-Máijá, a First Nations Studies undergrad and groundbreaking filmmaker who discovered her passion for Indigenous representation in media.

 

Environmental Design 

In the Environmental Design program at UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll build a strong foundation in design thinking while studying how design impacts society and the environment. How does the making of space affect cultural change? How can we create alternative constructs that are socially and ecologically sustainable? These are the questions you’ll contemplate as you take courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. This program is a preparatory degree for the Master of Architecture or the Master of Landscape Architecture.

 

Gender and Women’s Studies

Gain a deeper understanding of sexuality, femininity, embodiment, and social justice in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus. This dynamic and interdisciplinary program focuses on historical and contemporary roles of gender in global cultures. You’ll build theoretical and research skills through courses in the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies.

 

The student scoop

Emmy Chahal, Cultural Studies, UBC Okanagan

Meet Emmy, a Cultural Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies undergraduate who learned to question more, and judge less.

 

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Explore the ideas and forces that shape our understanding of society, Canadian public policy, and the world. The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at the UBC Okanagan campus draws from a wide variety of courses – from logic, ethics, and critical thinking to how we make decisions as individual groups. You’ll equip yourself with the foundational skills required to build a career in business, government, law, or commerce, or to pursue graduate studies in any of the fields of philosophy, politics, or economics.


See a full list of people, culture, and society programs at UBC


Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Whether you’re interested in understanding what makes people tick or working with existing species in places near and far, you can begin your journey at UBC. Immerse yourself in a passionate community of like-minded professors and students who are dedicated to the study of human health, the biodiversity of our planet, and the living organisms we share it with.

Explore your program options

Freshwater Science

Explore the emerging environmental issues facing our society in the Freshwater Science program on UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll delve into key issues like land and water interactions, toxicants in the aquatic environment, and the potential effects of global climate change on aquatic environments and water resources. Along the way, you’ll conduct hands-on field work and independent research in the Okanagan’s great outdoors.

Behavioural Neuroscience

Are you interested in the biological basis of behaviour and its impacts in the real world? As a Behavioural Neuroscience student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll gain expertise in advanced research methods as you dig deep into the behavioural sciences, including sensation and perception, animal learning and cognition, hormones and behaviour, computers and psychology, and more.

The student scoop

Katherine Tourigny, Antarctica, UBC research

Meet Katherine, a Behavioural Neuroscience undergrad and UBC varsity athlete who reached her goal of entering medicine – and traveled to Peru and Antarctica along the way.

Zoology

Dive into the animal kingdom and learn how animals interact in their world. In the Zoology program on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll explore animal behaviours, physiology, and anatomy while gaining practical skills through lab work, field work, and job placements. You’ll develop a foundation that prepares you for a range of careers in conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, forensic biology, toxicology, and more.

The student scoop

Meet Brooke, a Biology alumna who volunteered tracking cheetahs in South Africa before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Nutritional Sciences

Are you fascinated by the impact of nutrition on human and animal health, or how production and distribution systems affect food availability? You’ll study these topics and more in UBC’s Nutritional Sciences program on the Vancouver campus. Learn about human and animal digestive systems, the function of nutrients in health and disease, and nutritional requirements and recommendations as you prepare for a career in the nutrition and health professions.


See a full list of health and life sciences programs at UBC


 

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Are you on the hunt for that perfect science degree? The one that encompasses multiple disciplines, offers undergraduate research opportunities, prepares you for a breadth of in-demand careers, and equips you with a set of job-ready skills?

UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science encompasses all of that, and more. As a student, award-winning faculty will help you develop your understanding of a wide array of disciplines related to human health and disease. It’s a specialized program that combines the theoretical with hands-on lab work, offering small class sizes and a cohort experience.

What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc program in your third year at UBC, you’ll be part of an intimate cohort of 24 students. Because of the smaller class size, you’ll be able to gain hands-on lab experience, developing a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theory and gain the practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. You’ll also learn about human health and disease through a broad range of health science and laboratory disciplines, including clinical chemistry, genetics, toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, and medical microbiology.

If you’re passionate about research, you could complete a directed studies research project with faculty, or apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program, which will provide you with research experiences in pathology and laboratory medicine. These opportunities will sharpen your transferrable skills, develop your interdisciplinary thinking, and help steer you toward a fulfilling career.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree?

BMLSc graduates have a variety of exciting and rewarding careers to choose from. Former students have predominantly moved into roles as research assistants or technicians in academic, clinical, or industry laboratories.

You could also take further studies to become a health professional in fields such as dentistry, medicine, optometry, medical laboratory technology, and much more. Graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.

What kind of student thrives in Medical Laboratory Science?

Alumna Lily Takeuchi has shared her experience to give prospective students an idea of what the program is like and if they’ll enjoy it. She talks about what attracted her to the program, what kinds of opportunities she took advantage of during her studies, and where her degree is taking her.

“I would recommend this program to individuals who thrive in smaller classroom environments. I would even recommend this program for anyone still searching for what they’re passionate about. Without a doubt, given the amount of areas you are exposed to in BMLSc, you can definitely find something along the way that stands out to you.” – Lily Takeuchi, Medical Laboratory Science alumna

How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To be eligible for admission you must meet the general admission requirements of UBC and all the prerequisite courses – which could be taken in the first and second year of a UBC Bachelor of Science. Medical Laboratory Technology diploma holders who have completed  the specific chemistry prerequisites noted on our website are also eligible.

Learn more about how to apply to Medical Laboratory Science.

Programs spotlight: Earth, environment, and sustainability

Programs spotlight: Earth, environment, and sustainability

Whether you dream of unearthing ancient artifacts at archaeological sites across the world, or your aspirations lie closer to home in the vast forests of the Canadian wilderness, there’s a program for you at UBC. Join a community of like-minded students who are passionately exploring human interaction with the natural world.

Explore your program options

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Are you fascinated by Earth’s deep history, and how the nature and properties of Earth’s systems combine to create the planet we see and study today? In the Earth and Environmental Sciences program on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll gain skills in experimentation, data collection, communication, and more as you learn how to apply scientific knowledge to benefit society and the environment.

The student scoop

Meet Jenna, an Earth and Environmental Studies student who has travelled the world conducting research and gaining expertise in watershed management and renewable energy.

Archaeology

Dive into the origins of the world’s great civilizations in the Department of Anthropology on UBC’s Vancouver campus. As a student of Archaeology, you’ll explore the emergence of humankind and the beginning of state societies in regions across the world, including right here in Canada. Along the way, you’ll gain practical skills in current archaeological methods and theory, and the practice of archeological research.

Human Geography

Explore the cultural, physical, and social circumstances that make up our world in the Human Geography program on UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll delve into the relationships between nature and society, place and human identity, and economies and people – studying across disciplines as you research important questions about historical and contemporary events.

The student scoop

Sara Amadi, UBC alumni

Meet Sara, a UBC alumna whose quest to fight climate change started as an undergraduate in UBC’s Global Resource Systems program.

Natural Resources Conservation

Do you dream of protecting the world’s wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land from the effects of climate change and other environmental issues? In the Natural Resources Conservation program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll take courses in English, math and science – plus wildlife, remote sensing, fisheries management, and more. You’ll participate in hands-on lab and field work in Canada and overseas, preparing for a career focused on shaping the future of our environment and planet.


See a full list of earth, environment and sustainability programs at UBC


 

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Whether you’re a budding storyteller, an aspiring actor, or a concert pianist in the making – someone who’s at ease in front of an easel, at a keyboard, or behind the scenes – there’s a program for you at UBC. Come here to discover and develop your skills in film, theatre, music, visual art, creative writing, media, and more.

Explore your program options

Media Studies

Explore new media and examine the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and society in the Media Studies program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that will enable you to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors across the knowledge economy.

A professor’s perspective

UBC Music Bob Pritchard Laptop Orchestra

Meet Professor Pritchard, a music professor who’s using technologies that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument.

Music: Advanced Performance

Imagine having a world-class concert hall like The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in your backyard! In the Music: Advanced Performance program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study music theory, technology, and musicianship while completing four years of private instruction in voice, opera, piano, organ, guitar, harpsichord, or an orchestral instrument of your choice.

Art History and Visual Culture

Develop critical thinking and writing skills as you analyze diverse forms of art and visual culture, including “high art,” performance art, pop culture, architecture, and everyday objects in their cultural and historical contexts. The cross-disciplinary Art History and Visual Culture program on UBC’s Okanagan campus delves into the heart of human experience and identity.

The student scoop

UBC alumnus Nadine Bradshaw

Meet Nadine, a Visual Arts alumna who has fond memories of painting on mountain tops and staying up all night to install her fourth-year exhibition.

Theatre: Design and Production

Learn more about set, costume, lighting, and sound design, including set and costume construction, stage and production management, and other production technologies. As a graduate of the Theatre: Design and Production program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll be ready to work in professional theatre or film, or pursue advanced training in grad school.


See a full list of media and fine arts programs at UBC


 

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Are you interested in learning a new language, helping to revitalize an endangered language, or understanding the roots of a language you already know? Have you ever wondered how language shapes culture and society, and how pop culture and social media influence language? One of UBC’s languages and linguistics programs could be for you.

Explore your program options

English

Study literature written in English from around the world, from the earliest medieval riddles to contemporary slam poetry in the English program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll also learn more about the English language itself, including its roots, its patterns, and its uses in politics and social media.

The student scoop

Meet Stephanie, a UBC alumna who majored in English and volunteered as a literacy mentor with UBC’s Trek program.

French and Spanish

Explore French and Spanish cultures in and outside the classroom, and learn how they’ve impacted Canada and other countries across the globe – all while refining your speaking and written skills in both languages – in the French and Spanish program on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

First Nations and Endangered Languages

Explore the processes and protocols for the documentation, conservation, revitalization, and reclamation of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems locally, regionally, and internationally in the First Nations and Endangered Languages program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

A professor’s perspective

Christine Schreyer

Meet Professor Schreyer, a linguist and anthropologist who helped develop Superman’s mother tongue.

Speech Sciences

Study language structure, child development and language acquisition, anatomy and physiology, and more in Speech Sciences on UBC’s Vancouver campus. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.


See a full list of languages and linguistics programs at UBC