Environmental Chemistry

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Environmental Chemistry 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.

Why this program?

  • Learn on a tight-knit campus where you can work closely with professors and peers
  • Get the skills required to work in one of the fastest-growing fields of science
  • Have the opportunity to work on your own research or alongside professors on theirs
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Learn how the environment works, how to analyze parts per trillion of environmental contaminants, and how to monitor environmental impacts in the Environmental Chemistry program on UBC’s Okanagan campus. Choose to complete an honours degree or major in Environmental Chemistry, then use your Bachelor of Science as a stepping stone to medical, dental, or veterinary degrees.


Experiential learning and research

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science supports student research through the Undergraduate Research Awards, which allow students to carry out their own projects over the summer months, and other awards, which provide opportunities to work with professors on their research.

You can also join the Environmental Chemistry Course Union to build friendships, get academic support, and gain increased access to career resources. In addition to having an active social schedule, the course union brings in speakers from industry and government to advise students on career opportunities.

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC's Okanagan campus is renowned for its research opportunities and access to professors. On a tight-knit campus like the Okanagan’s, you’ll be able to work closely with award-winning faculty who are making meaningful strides in areas like the Earth’s carbon cycle, global warming, recovering valuable molecules and minerals from mine waste, and discovering neurotoxins produced by lake cyanobacteria.

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Your future

Graduates from the Environmental Chemistry program on UBC’s Okanagan campus are equipped for career opportunities with:

  • Environmental consulting companies
  • Environmental protection organizations in industry and government
  • Public and private analytical laboratories

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Mathematics minimum grade of 3, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics is strongly recommended

* If your intended start year is 2021:IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.


Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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