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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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.


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.


See a full list of business and economics programs at UBC

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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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.


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.



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