What can you study in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems?

What can you study in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems?

Whether you dream of helping reduce the demands on our climate systems, or are driven to solve the world’s food sustainability crisis, you’ll find a program for you at UBC. As a member of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems – known for being one of UBC’s friendliest Faculties – you’ll study alongside other students who are dedicated to using science to meet society’s urgent needs, and passionately exploring how humans interact with the natural world.

 

Explore your program options

Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology

Applied Animal Biology

If you want to study or work with animals, UBC Vancouver’s Applied Animal Biology program will be a great fit for you. The program gives you a broad background in the fundamentals of animal behavior and physiology as they apply to farm, companion, and other animals. You’ll learn about the role of animals in human society, and examine the ethical, environmental, and other issues that arise from our connection with them. As part of your program, you’ll spend time doing hands-on field work and research on farms, as well as in laboratories, animal shelters, and wildlife rehabilitation centres, preparing you for a career in the field. This program also allows you to complete the necessary prerequisites for veterinary medicine.

 

The student scoop

Bryna Turk Applied Animal Biology Story

Meet Bryna, who initially chose Applied Animal Biology to fulfil her goal of becoming a vet, and discovered along the way that she could explore animal welfare, food security and sustainable agriculture, and coordinating events for her community.

 

Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

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.

 

 

Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health

Dietetics

Dietetics is an in-demand profession that’s growing fast across Canada and the world. UBC Vancouver’s Dietetics program – the only Dietetics program in BC – will teach you how to improve and promote health through optimized food and nutrition, and to fill a variety of roles in nutrition care, management, or population and public health. You’ll graduate from this professional program as a registered dietitian with a strong understanding of human nutrition and how to manage sustainable food systems.

 

“My learning experience in LFS as being very collaborative and hands on. We have opportunities in class in which we work in small groups and build connections with community partners to create real change.”

– Melanie Liu, Dietetics

 

Food Science

Calling all foodies! Take your passion for food to the next level in UBC Vancouver’s Food Science program, where you’ll discover the chemistry and microbiology of food, its nutritional and sensory properties, and how it’s engineered and processed. You’ll explore scientific topics such as the concepts and controversies in nutrition and how to prevent food-borne illnesses, and you’ll also gain hands-on experience through food-specific lab courses and community-based learning in sustainability. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a number of careers in the food industry – an exciting field that’s undergoing rapid change.

 

The student scoop

peter higgins, purdys, ubc

Meet Peter Higgins, a UBC Food Science grad who became one of the top chocolate scientists at Purdys.

 

Food, Nutrition, and Health

The Food, Nutrition, and Health program gives you the flexibility to pursue your interests while gaining a deeper knowledge of issues related to food production, food security, and the role of nutrition in disease prevention. You’ll get to choose from a large variety of electives, and you’ll study a curriculum of your own design that will prep you for a career in the food and health sectors. Food, Nutrition, and Health students can apply to dual degrees with Bachelor of Education or Master of Management, or one of six minors to complement their program.

 

“Being in the Land and Food Systems Faculty has taught me and challenged me to employ systems-thinking when discussing topics that I care deeply for, such as food security, public health and sustainability.”

– Rachel Ma, Food, Nutrition, and Health

 

Nutritional Sciences

In Nutritional Sciences, you’ll delve into the science of the human digestive system, and discover how our bodies actually metabolize and use nutrients. You’ll also learn more about the function of nutrients in health and disease, and study nutritional requirements and recommendations in depth. As part of the program, you’ll find out about the methods of how we produce and distribute food, and what impact that has on food availability – helping you to solve some real-world challenges.

 

Food and Nutritional Sciences

The Food and Nutritional Sciences program is a double major which combines the Food Science and the Nutritional Sciences programs. As part of the degree, you’ll discover the chemistry and microbiology of food, its nutritional and sensory properties, and how it’s created and processed. You’ll also work on understanding the function of nutrients in health and disease, and people’s nutritional requirements. At the end of the program, you’ll graduate ready for a career in the food and nutrition industries or grad studies in health sciences.

 

“The hands-on learning experiences available through the LFS program provided me with the opportunity to apply that knowledge, which in turn helped set me up for success in my career.” 

– Lauren Rappaport, Food and Nutritional Sciences alumni

 

 

Improve your English and earn a UBC degree with Vantage One

Improve your English and earn a UBC degree with Vantage One

Do you have an excellent academic record, but don’t quite meet UBC’s English language admission requirement? If you fulfil UBC’s general and degree-specific requirements, there are alternative pathways to help you achieve your UBC degree.

 

What is Vantage One?

UBC’s Vantage One programs are designed for international students who do not yet meet the English language requirement to enter directly into a UBC faculty. Vantage One courses last 11 months, and add English-language instruction to your first-year degree courses. You can choose from ArtsEngineering, or Science, and you’ll be taught by award-winning UBC faculty members.

The Arts and Science Vantage One programs take place at UBC Vancouver, while Engineering involves studying at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. When you successfully complete your Vantage One program, you’ll progress into your second year at UBC, where you can study the following degree programs:

 

Why choose Vantage One?

The program is designed specifically for international students. Vantage One is a first-year cohort program, which means you’ll follow a set timetable and take nearly all of your classes with the same people, helping you to make friends from day one. It also includes a one-week orientation, which will assist you with essential needs like health insurance, setting up bank accounts, and learning how to thrive in the classroom at UBC.

There are over 50 highly-trained faculty and staff at Vantage One, who will help you build on your academic performance, English language development, study skills, and readiness for your second year. While you will be completing the same courses as other UBC students, your classes will be tailored to you. They offer smaller class sizes, innovative teaching methods, language instruction integrated into your degree coursework, and the ability to connect closely with faculty. Best of all, taking part in a Vantage One program does not add extra time to your degree.

 

Student Scoop

Valeria Moncada UBC Story Vantage One

Meet Valeria, a Vantage One student who moved on to her Psychology degree with confidence in writing academic papers, close relationships with her professors, and a tight-knit group of friends – all without adding any extra time to her studies.

 

 

What are the requirements?

Vantage One accepts students with a minimum score of 70 on the TOEFL and 5.5 on the IELTS. Certain sub-scores apply for each test, so be sure to review the full English language requirements on the Vantage College website.

 

How do you apply?

  1. Choose your UBC Vantage One program: ArtsEngineering, or Science.
  2. Meet the Vantage One admission requirements.
  3. Apply online and pay the fee.
  4. Submit your required documents.
  5. Stay in touch.

 

 

Why choose Biomedical Engineering at UBC?

Why choose Biomedical Engineering at UBC?

Are you interested in how engineering, medicine, life sciences, computer science, and mathematics work together to solve health problems? Do you want to help transform people’s lives? Biomedical Engineering at UBC could be the right program for you.

 

What is Biomedical Engineering? 

Biomedical engineers work where biology, mathematics, computer science, and chemistry meet to solve the challenges of human health and healthcare. Using the engineering principals of design thinking and problem solving, they develop new technologies that enable doctors, therapists, biotech companies, and researchers to improve human health.

Biomedical Engineering innovations touch every aspect of our lives. Regenerative cellular therapies, ultrasound images that give us the first glimpse of our children, time-release drugs that allow us to sleep through the night, lifesaving cardiac stents, high-performance robotic surgery, and devices that improve access and mobility for everyone are just some of the transformational developments to come out of the Biomedical Engineering field.

 

 

What will you learn?

As a Biomedical Engineering student at UBC, you’ll take specialized courses to help you build a unique foundation in engineering, biology, math, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, design, and the healthcare system. In your third year, you’ll have the chance to customize your degree based on your interests. You can choose from four different streams:

  • Biomechanics and biomaterials teaches you about applying classical mechanics, and how to solve biological problems by viewing the body as an engineered structure.
  • Cellular and molecular bioengineering lets you apply engineering principles to cellular and molecular biology. You’ll focus on developing cell-based therapeutics in regenerative medicine and drug delivery.
  • Biomedical systems and signals helps you learn about the processes that produce and transform signals in biological systems, and the way that these signals are translated by the body.
  • Biomedical informatics and systems biology lets you explore genomes and patient healthcare information using math and data systems such as machine learning.

Through traditional classroom instruction, hands-on studio time, co-op opportunities, and lab work, you’ll graduate with a deep knowledge of biology, human anatomy, and physiology, and understand how to combine it with engineering design. After finishing your studies, you’ll be ready to work across a range of life science-related jobs, such as designing biomedical devices or pharmaceuticals, or working in fields like medical diagnostics or clinical engineering. These opportunities range from academia to hospitals or working within Canada’s world-leading Biomedical Engineering industry.

 

The student scoop

Nadine Truter student story

Meet Nadine, who is learning how to design treatments at a molecular level to help cure patients’ illnesses.

 

What makes the program unique?

  1. Learn in-demand skills. Vancouver is home to over 300 life sciences companies – many of which are ranked in the top 100 technology companies in Canada. Globally, too, there is an increasing call for engineers with biomedical training, with the US Department of Labour Statistics estimating that the number of jobs for Biomedical Engineers will increase by 27 percent over the next three years.

 

  1. Discover each topic in depth. Although UBC’s Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs both offer an introduction to biomedical engineering as a specialization, the Biomedical Engineering degree provides a much deeper level of knowledge, suitable for entering the industry or academia. When you graduate, you’ll be accredited as a Biomedical Engineer by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

 

  1. Prepare for a fulfilling career.Many Biomedical Engineering graduates go on to medical school, research or advanced degrees, or start their own businesses. For those who choose employment, you’ll be ready for a job in biotechnology companies, biomedical device companies, diagnostic companies, e-health companies, hospitals, government research facilities, or in areas outside life sciences. You’ll work on exciting projects like developing cellular therapies, artificial organs, prosthesis, diagnostics, biomedical devices, instruments, and new safety devices.

 

  1. Gain work experience while you study. Co-op Education provides the opportunity for you to gain paid, full-time experience in a variety of work settings, test out possible career options, and begin building a professional network – all before graduation. You’ll benefit from a variety of support workshops, one-on-one coaching, and work experience relevant to your future career goals.

 

  1. Work on a real-life project. One of the program’s final courses is a real-world design project, which will challenge you to apply the skills you’ve learned to an open-ended problem in biomedical engineering. You’ll work in small teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor or a practicing professional engineer from the industry, and be tasked with designing a new device or technology to solve some of today’s toughest medical problems.

 

 

Five things you never knew about UBC Forestry

Five things you never knew about UBC Forestry

Do you imagine Forestry to be all about trees and lumberjacks? Well, it’s so much more!

UBC’s Faculty of Forestry is ranked as one of the top in the world for its education and research. It offers the chance to study one of six science-based degrees, which will help you master topics including climate change, conservation and globalization, forest genetics, ecology, resource management, urban biodiversity, and more.

UBC Forestry also provides you with ample opportunities to get out of the classroom. You’ll be able to focus on the areas of your degree you find most interesting with on-site research, travel, and co-op work placements. A Forestry degree will challenge you academically, and provide a foundation for a wide selection of sought-after careers.

 

Why choose UBC Forestry?

 

You may already know that UBC Forestry has this year added a new degree for you to study. Here are five more facts that make the faculty unique.

 

  1. The UBC Forest Sciences Centre is built to look like a forest inside, with live plants and trees in the atrium and a treehouse study area exclusively for Forestry students.

 

  1. UBC Forestry has two research forests totaling more than 15,000 hectares in Maple Ridge and Williams Lake, British Columbia. UBC Vancouver is also surrounded by 750 hectares of forest, letting you study in a wooded environment.

 

  1. Every year during Forestry Week, the UBC Forestry Undergraduate Society paints Omar the Truck and parades it around campus.

 

  1. UBC’s Forestry faculty was part of a team that developed the world’s first fully-compostable and biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19.

 

  1. This year, UBC Forestry professor Nicholas Coops was awarded the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg Prize, known as the “Nobel Prize of Forest Research” for his work in satellite imagery analysis and climate change.

 

The student scoop

Noa Berman Mayer UBC Student Story

Want to learn more about studying in the Forestry Faculty? Meet Noa, who began her UBC journey in the Faculty of Arts before she chose to focus exclusively on environmentalism and conservation with a Forestry degree.

 

What is Land and Food Systems?

What is Land and Food Systems?

Do you want to use your passion for science to make a difference? Do you want to put the power of land, animals, food sciences, and nutrition to work for a better world?

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC is one of the world’s top-ranking Faculties in sustainable agriculture, food systems, and human health as it relates to food and food production. It ranks highest in Canada and #18 among the world’s top agricultural sciences programs. There is no other Faculty like it, anywhere.

 

Solving global problems

Programs in the Land and Food Systems Faculty address many world challenges through both teaching and research. You’ll explore the demands that humans place on our climate system and natural resources, and study ways to contribute to solving those issues.

Depending on which program you choose, you could work on ideas of how to end hunger and achieve food security, or discover the best ways to promote urban agriculture within cities. You could explore strategies to promote nutrition and wellbeing to help create healthier communities all over the world, or help develop the sustainability of our food sources.

A Land and Food Systems program is a science degree with a social impact.

 

LFS is a great Faculty to get involved in by working in collaboration with students in all programs and between Faculties in order to combat local and global issues.

– Melanie Liu, Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health (Dietetics major)

 

Your student experience 

Programs in the Land and Food Systems Faculty are known for their hands-on approach. You’ll enjoy smaller class sizes – meaning you’ll create meaningful and personal connections with your professors as well as your classmates – and you’ll network with people in your field throughout your degree. As part of your program, you’ll take part in fieldwork and lead your own research, helping you to build career-ready professional skills.

You’ll study alongside other students who are dedicated to using science to meet society’s urgent needs, and are enthusiastically exploring how humans interact with the natural world. Land and Food Systems is known unofficially on campus as the “friendly Faculty”, and you can expect to join a tight-knit and passionate community.

 

If you are looking for a smaller Faculty that feels comfortable, down to earth, and encourages eating a lot of food, LFS is the place for you too.

– Chelsea Harris, Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health (Food Science major and Fermentations minor)

 

What can you do after graduating?

You’ll emerge from your program as a global citizen who understands how better food systems can be used to dismantle social barriers and create equality. You’ll finish your degree ready for further study in disciplines like medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry, or primed to put your skills to work in the food and nutrition or agricultural sectors, government advising, and many more.

Graduates from Land and Food Systems programs have gone on to become the chief scientific officer with the British Columbia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA), food product developer for Heinz, and executive director and head farmer at an urban non-profit farm.

 

Programs you can study

Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology

Applied Animal Biology

Sustainable Agriculture and Environment

 

Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health

Dietetics

Food Science

Food, Nutrition, and Health

Nutritional Sciences

Food and Nutritional Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems

Global Resource Systems

 

Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics

Food and Resource Economics

 

 

Is Media Studies right for you?

Is Media Studies right for you?

Are you fascinated by how technology can be used to make art? Do you hope to enter a career where you’ll work with still images, sound design, videos, or create games? UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Media Studies might be the perfect program for you.

 

What will you learn?

Media Studies at UBC Okanagan is much more hands-on than you might expect. The degree is a computational arts program, which means that you’ll have the chance to use many different technologies to build your creative projects.

In your first two years, you’ll study courses that include creative writing, cultural studies, digital humanities, media studies, and visual arts, and learn how to write computer code. Depending on your preferences and career aspirations, in your final years you can choose to focus on visual arts, or specialize in the degree’s custom-created computer science pathways.

 

Student Scoop

Lark Spartin Media Studies UBC story

Meet Lark, who has seen her creations in film and animation, website design, mobile app prototypes, and interactive art installations come to life using her computer-based skills.

 

Why choose Media Studies at UBC Okanagan?

  1. Gain skills beyond a traditional Media Studies degree. The world is going digital. As a student of Media Studies at UBC Okanagan, you’ll not only learn the history and theory behind media and art, but discover how they can be transformed by technology. You’ll develop artistic, technical, and analytical skills, and sharpen your understanding of critical thinking, problem solving, and self-expression. 
  1. Enjoy a self-directed, graduate feel. Art is a process of discovery, and so is this program. You’ll have the chance to focus on topic areas that you enjoy most, such as filmmaking, sound design, animation, game design, interactive art, or computer coding. The Bachelor of Media studies is a tight-knit learning cohort, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to interact one-on-one with your professors. Study alongside others who are interested in discovering creative technologies, multimedia platforms, and art history. 
  1. Learn from scratch. You won’t need any prior experience in coding to enter the program, and you don’t need to be an expert in a particular medium. 
  1. Collaborate with industry partners. Take part in the Capstone course and work together with community members and organizations on a full-year project. The course lets you foster meaningful connections with industry partners and use your multimedia skills to solve real-world challenges.
  1. Take part in co-op experience. Build your career confidence through Co-op Educationand explore work experience that challenges and inspires you. Co-op provides the opportunity for you to gain paid, full-time experience in a variety of work settings, and test out possible career options. You’ll benefit from a variety of support workshops, one-on-one coaching, and work experience relevant to your future career goals.

 

What are people saying?

“Before the program, I had my mind set that I wasn’t going to like the computer aspect,” she says. “But after a few classes, the fun and creative facets with computers really clicked.” – Lark Spartin, third year, Bachelor of Media Studies

“This program is about human and computer interaction. We are teaching people to become creative programmers, and to explore new ways to create support systems in our digital economy. Our students have the opportunity to experiment with ideas and a variety of technologies in a cooperative environment, so they can gauge their interests in the different roles needed in a creative team.” – Miles Thorogood, professor of Visual Arts and Media Studies, UBC Okanagan

 

 

Find out more

You can learn more about the Bachelor of Media Studies by taking part in an online Zoom event.

 

 

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 how humans interact with the natural world.

Explore your program options

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Are you fascinated by Earth’s deep history and how the planet’s natural systems combine to create our world? In the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at UBC Okanagan, 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 at UBC Vancouver. 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.

Geography

Discover the cultural, physical, and social circumstances that make up our world in the Geography program at UBC Okanagan. You’ll delve into the relationships between nature and society, place and human identity, and economies and people, researching important questions about the natural world with classroom study and site visits.

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.

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

The Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology program at UBC Vancouver is the first in Canada to focus on the bioeconomy – the scientific, economic, and policy issues involved in creating a sustainable future. Among other topics, you’ll explore how to change people’s energy usage, transform forest and plant materials into renewable products, and legislate a reduction of carbon usage.

 


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


 

 

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Are you looking for a 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 – one of the world’s top ranked forestry schools – has six degrees 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 hand on field and lab work, 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. When you graduate, you may be eligible for the Registered Professional Biologist accreditation through the College of Applied Biology, and for the Registered Professional Forester accreditation through the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

“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, alumna, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines biological, physical, and social sciences with technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management. Among other areas, you’ll develop your knowledge in topics spanning forest planning and management to the operational aspects of extracting timber.

“I decided to go into Forest Resources Management at UBC because I love being in the forest. I am extremely passionate about protecting our natural resources and managing them properly. It has given me the opportunity to learn to manage B.C. forests in a sustainable manner. The field schools provide a safe outdoor learning environment that allows students to apply their skills prior to working in the industry.”

–Thomson Kennedy, 4th year, Forest Resources Management

Learn more about Forestry

 

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation

Have you ever considered working in conservation? 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. With certain criteria, students may be eligible for the Registered Professional Biologist accreditation through the College of Applied Biology.

“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

UBC – home to one of the tallest wood buildings on the planet – is considered a world leader in the development and advancement of innovative and sustainable wood products. In the wood products program, you’ll gain a broad 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, a 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 – 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 learn how to tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“The program gave me the ability to balance an urban lifestyle while pursuing my passion for the outdoors. When I was just getting started, I quickly realized that the industry is buzzing and that the skills I was learning were in high demand. The design aspects of the program allowed my ideas to come to life and curated a set of practical skills for producing green sustainable landscapes. My favourite part of the urban forestry program was solving real-life problems by using green design, making cities more liveable. The integrated foundation of traditional forestry, landscape architecture, and design makes the urban forestry program the most competitive degree in the expanding greenspace management industry.”

– Reginald Daniel, Alumnus, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST)

Are you interested in being a part of the world’s shift from fossil fuels to sustainable sources? The BEST program is the faculty’s newest BSc degree and the first in Canada to focus on the growing bioeconomy including the production of renewable biological resources and transforming them into valuable products. You’ll learn how to design and develop innovative products and biofuels from forest and plant materials, as well as guide government policies and land use strategies for a sustainable future.

“Starting this September, the BEST program will enrol its inaugural class, learning the sciences required to address the global challenge of combatting climate change using biobased alternatives.”

-Dr Scott Renneckar, Program Director Forestry Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

Learn more about Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

 

Elevate Your Degree

Choosing to do your undergraduate degree in Forestry opens some exciting doors. Discover how you can also major in business or education, be a part of an exchange program, connect with mentors, or enjoy field schools.

 

Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make an average salary of $3,133 per month, and begin building your professional network. All six 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 companies like West Fraser, Interfor, and J.D. Irving, as well as local municipalities, the provincial and federal governments, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

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 South Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, Finland, and Germany. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

 

Land One

Land One is open to a limited number of first year students looking to ease their transition to university and have a great experience while they do. In Land One, students are part of a small cohort which allows them to easily build strong connections with their instructors and peers. They receive mentoring if they need it, and opportunities for special, experiential learning such as going on field trips and enjoying hands-on activities. Learn more about this first-year study option here.