Programs spotlight: Education

Programs spotlight: Education

Do you believe education should put students and the quality of their learning first? Do you enjoy sharing knowledge with others and helping people find and develop their innate talent? Consider one of UBC’s seven Bachelor of Education degrees for an internationally recognized learning experience that will launch your career as an educator in Canada and beyond.

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Teaching Elementary, Middle or Secondary Programs

Gain hands-on experience teaching elementary, middle or secondary school curricula in one of UBC’s education programs. UBC Vancouver offers two pathways, Elementary and Middle Years and Secondary, while at UBC Okanagan students can choose between the Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents programs. Students in all programs will complete school-based practicums and engage in collaborative learning with instructors, classmates, practising educators, and community partners, and have the opportunity to participate in place-based learning opportunities.

West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP)

If you believe rural and small school settings present exciting educational opportunities for teachers, WKTEP could be for you. Based in the WKTEP Learning Centre in Nelson, BC, and in the surrounding communities, this 11-month post-degree program offers an opportunity to develop the professional qualities and practices necessary to teach in today’s complex learning environments. With a strong focus on community, collaboration, and innovation, you’ll graduate prepared to teach in an elementary, middle, or secondary school setting.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)

Build upon your Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage while learning how to be an effective educator in public, band, and independent schools in BC. In NITEP, you’ll develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators and complete a specialization in Indigenous Education. As a student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll have access to the Xwi7xwa Library, a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship.

 International Baccalaureate (IB)

Join a community of students focused on international education in Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program. You’ll learn key concepts and transdisciplinary themes through enriching, hands-on learning opportunities that promote discovery, exploration, and thinking about real-world issues. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in the educational practices and underpinnings of IB, and will be eligible for the Level 1 IB Educator credential.

 


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Programs spotlight: History, law, and politics

Programs spotlight: History, law, and politics

Deepen your understanding of the past, and continue to build on your knowledge of critical current events by studying in one of UBC’s history, law, and politics programs. The topics within these fields are wide-ranging – indigenous studies, religion, international relations, anthropology – and can lead to a number of diverse career paths, including social work, journalism, government work, education, and more.

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International Relations

In the International Relations program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll develop a solid background in related areas of political science, history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and modern languages. The program stresses critical thinking , and will equip you with the skills necessary to assess the contours and dynamics of international politics and events – from conflicts in Afghanistan and the Congo, to the rise of women as political actors.

 

The student scoop

Michael Flood, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Meet Michael, a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics students who was looking for a university experience that would challenge him socially and academically.

Political Science

In the Political Science program at UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study the nature, causes, and consequences of collective decisions and actions taken by groups of people embedded in cultures and institutions that structure power and authority. Topics include the nature of power, the causes of conflict, the tensions of Canadian federalism, security in the post-Cold War international system, globalization, critiques of liberal democracy, feminist analysis, democratization, the rise of Asia, and much more.

 

The student scoop

Dela Hini, Political Science

Meet Dela, a Sociology and Political Science student who found her calling by getting involved with student leadership.

Indigenous Studies

In the Indigenous Studies program at the Okanagan campus, you can build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in government, in Aboriginal Peoples organizations, in indigenous leadership roles, or resource management. Your studies will include indigenous perspectives and governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, and the protection of heritage in the Okanagan, Canada, US, and world communities.

 

The student scoop

Duncan McCue, UBC Law

Meet Duncan, a UBC Law alum who became an award-winning reporter for the CBC.

Law

The Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC’s Vancouver campus is one of Canada’s leading law schools, with a global influence. Innovative researchers, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates have established a national reputation and international reach. You’ll receive a first-rate legal education that balances traditional areas of practice with emerging fields of specialization.

 


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Programs spotlight: Engineering and technology

Programs spotlight: Engineering and technology

Are you looking for a future-proof profession? Pursuing an education in a STEM field is a surefire way to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to secure a bright career path. UBC’s engineering and technology programs will challenge you intellectually, connect you with a community of dedicated scientists and engineers, and open a world of opportunities.

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Mechanical Engineering

In the Mechanical Engineering program at UBC’s Okanagan campus you’ll investigate practical, hands-on ways of creating and improving physical systems to meet the demand of modern industries – from aircraft and energy systems to biomedical, mechatronics, and manufacturing. The program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and will help you master fundamental engineering concepts while learning more about the application of practical design skills.

 

The student scoop

Joses Akampurira, Engineering

Meet Joses, a Civil Engineering student who found that volunteering and getting involved was the best path to success at UBC.

Wood Products Processing

The Wood Products Processing program at UBC’s Vancouver campus begins with foundational courses in math, physics, and chemistry, and transitions into developing your knowledge of wood and material science, and wood processing technologies. You’ll study in the award-winning Forest Sciences Centre and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Canada’s national centre of excellence for wood products. In your senior years, you’ll learn how to analyze and optimize manufacturing operations, finishing up with a major project chosen from an area of particular interest to you.

 

 

The student scoop

Annelies Tjebbes, Engineering

Meet Annelies, an Electrical Engineering alumna who used her skills and education to improve the lives of others.

Data Science

UBC’s Data Science program at the Okanagan campus is grounded in statistics – to formulate relevant questions and determine the answer based on data – and computer science – to manipulate and visualize data efficiently. You’ll learn more about decision-making supported by data while taking courses in machine learning, network science, data analytics, and much more. Your studies will prepare you for graduate studies, or for careers in e-commerce, finance, government, genomics, entertainment and sports, management, and other areas that increasingly rely on data sets.

 

A professor’s perspective

Dr. Jonathan Holzman, UBC Okanagan Engineering professor

Meet Dr. Holzman, an Engineering professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus who is building bridges between faculty, students, industry, and the Okanagan community.

Computer Science

The Computer Science program at UBC’s Vancouver campus gives you a thorough grounding in computer software design, and a broad choice of other studies in computing. You can choose from core and specialized courses that enable you to work in areas such as genomics, medicine, robotics, finance, gaming, e-commerce, advertising, management, web technologies, or environmental technology. You’ll study in one of Canada’s top computer science departments with internationally renowned professors, and take classes in the state-of-the-art Institute for Computing Information and Cognitive Systems/Computer Science building.

 


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Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Programs spotlight: Business and economics

Maybe you started a lemonade stand as a kid. Or you watched the world markets before you could even buy stock. You’ve got a shrewd mind for business and a curiosity for commerce. UBC’s business and economics programs can foster that budding interest and help you hone in on your niche, whether you have leadership ambitions and dreams of the C-suite, or you want to get in the weeds as a business analyst.

UBC’s range of programs and the opportunities for specialization within them can take you where you want to go after graduation.

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Management

In the Management program at UBC’s Okanagan campus you’ll learn how to navigate today’s rapidly changing world through intensive collaboration and team work, critical thinking, and an appreciation for shared solutions. Its four-year format prepares students for graduate school, professional programs, and employment in any context or organization – large or small. In your last two years, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies in a management area of interest, for example: accounting; entrepreneurial technology; finance; human resources; marketing; or supply-chain/operations management.

 

The student scoop

Felipe Chueiri, UBC Management

Meet Felipe, a Management student who created a support network of friends and peers that bolstered his academic success and led to a rewarding life outside of the classroom.

Commerce

The Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC’s Vancouver campus will provide you with a solid foundation of business basics and management skills you’ll need to thrive in your chosen career. Sharpen your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organization, and leadership while you study a diverse range of course offerings that allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career aspirations. Specialization options include accounting; business technology management; entrepreneurship; finance; general business management; global supply chain and logistics management; marketing; operations and logistics; organizational behaviour and human resources; and real estate.

 

The student scoop

Arielle Lynn, UBC Commerce

Meet Arielle, a Commerce student who was thrilled by the range of learning opportunities and experiences that UBC has to offer.

Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree

UBC’s innovative Bachelor and Master of Management Dual Degree program makes it possible to earn a bachelor’s degree from select non-business faculties and a Master of Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business in as little as four-and-a-half years. As a Bachelor and Master of Management student, you’ll take business and commerce modules during each of the four years of your undergraduate degree. In the summer immediately after graduation, you’ll enter the Master of Management program full-time for six months of intensive study.

 

The student scoop

Angela Sunario, UBC Bachelor + Master of Management

Meet Angela, a dual-degree student who learned how to get involved, push her limits, and find meaningful work to complement her studies.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus draws together three of the most important fields in understanding our society and our world. Philosophy teaches logic, ethics, and critical thinking; politics examines the institutions that form policies and determine the rules by which we are governed; and economics studies how we make decisions as individuals and groups in our increasingly global world market. Placed into context with each other, these fields allow you to form a critical and informed basis to understand and interpret the world.

 


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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