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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school.

Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school.

If you’re a high school student aged 15 to 18 and you’re interested in experiencing life at a top-tier university, UBC’s Future Global Leaders program might just be the thing for you. This unique pre-university program offers three streams covering a range of interests, which are all taught by top UBC professors, instructors, and coaches. There’s also a full calendar of social and cultural activities in and around Vancouver, and you have the option of staying in a UBC student residence to get a real sense of what university life is all about.

Choose from the following two-week program streams and get a head start on your university experience.

Focus on academics

Choose from more than 25 different courses taught by UBC professors and instructors through the Academic Courses stream of Future Global Leaders. Try out a subject you’re considering for university or college, or explore a completely new interest!

Focus on English language

Work on your English skills with other teens from around the world in the English Language Courses stream of Future Global Leaders. Gain confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while developing your leadership and academic skills – and experience life at one of the world’s best universities while you’re at it.

Focus on athletics

Thinking about playing baseball at the university level? Sign up for the Pre-Varsity Sport stream of the program and find out what it’s like to be a student-athlete at one of North America’s top universities. Train at UBC’s brand new state-of-the-art baseball facilities with some of the best varsity coaches in Canada while learning about the university and college recruitment process.

 

Joining the Future Global Leaders program will help you develop critical academic and social skills that will be valuable during the transition from high school to post-secondary life. You’ll also benefit from networking with like-minded students from around the world, and gain a real university experience in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.

The 2018 sessions of Future Global Leaders will take place this July and August. Registration is now open.

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Are you looking for a science-based degree that challenges you academically, provides exciting opportunities to enrich your university experience, and opens the door to a breadth of in-demand careers? UBC’s Faculty of Forestry – ranked top 3 in the world – has five programs that span topics from wood engineering and sustainability to soil science and urban planning.

No matter which Forestry program you study, you’ll be part of a diverse, close-knit community where faculty get to know their students by name, and where you have ample opportunities to dig deeper into your specialization with research, travel, and unique classroom experiences.

 

Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, Forest Sciences is an ideal program for you. You’ll study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms and the ecology of plant and animal communities. This knowledge will help you better understand aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, diseases, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration.

“I like the flexibility in terms of choosing what topic within Forest Sciences that I can focus on. There are suggested specializations, such as hydrology or entomology, but I’m also able to choose a topic that I’m interested in. There is a specialization in International Forestry, where students are required to spend time abroad and learn about forest ecosystems in a global context.”
–Jennifer Hong, 4th year, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines science – biological, physical, and social – and technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management and develop your knowledge in topics spanning forest planning and management to the operational aspects of extracting timber. You can choose from two majors – Forest Resources Management, or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board.

“Forest Resources Management offers an excellent avenue to receiving a bachelor’s degree and becoming a Registered Professional Forester. The demand for trained individuals inside and outside the province is constantly growing.”
–David Hamilton, 4th year, Forestry

Learn more about Forestry

 

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation

Have you ever considered becoming a conservation scientist? Do you want to play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment, such as wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land? In Natural Resources Conservation, the faculty’s most popular degree program, you’ll learn about the maintenance of habitats and the persistence of diverse natural resources, and gain a better understanding of the balance that is needed among environmental, social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic values.

“The Natural Resources Conservation Program will give you the skills and knowledge to meet the big challenges our world is facing right now. It will help you think holistically about how different disciplines can come together to solve our biggest environmental challenges and achieve a balance between our increasing needs for goods and services and the protection of our ecosystems.”
–Valentina Coy, 3rd year, Natural Resources Conservation

Learn more about Natural Resources Conservation

 

Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing

If you’re an innovative thinker who loves to tackle problems, you’ll enjoy the blend of science, engineering, and business in the Wood Products Processing program. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations while you develop essential transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

“If you are interested in building a successful professional career in an innovative, creative, and sustainable industry, then the Wood Products Processing program will provide you with a strong foundation. The faculty offers a strong co-op program, positive tri-mentoring program, and a range of leadership-building classes.”
–Jonathan Jean-Hwa Chu, 4th year, Wood Products Processing

Learn more about Wood Products Processing

 

Bachelor of Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry program – the first of its kind in Canada, and the faculty’s newest degree – teaches you about planning and managing urban green spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and the protection of our cities’ support systems. You could tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“If you are thinking of going into landscape architecture, urban planning, landscape planning, urban agriculture, or arboriculture, this is a great undergraduate program for you. You can minor in either Urban Green-Space Management or Landscape and Recreation Planning, or take courses from both minor pools.”
–Elliot Bellis, 3rd year, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry

 

Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make money – the average salary is about $3,000 per month – and begin building your professional network. All five Forestry programs offer co-ops so that you can learn about possible careers and jobs in your field of interest. UBC Forestry students have completed co-ops at organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

99% of co-op students reported overall job satisfaction
98% of employers said they would hire their co-op students again

Check out the Forestry co-op Instagram account to see the kinds of experiences UBC students are gaining as they get their hands dirty in labs and forests, and travel as far as Malawi. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

Think studying Forestry could be the choice for you? Take our quick survey to express your interest in joining an online info session about UBC Forestry.