Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Whether you’re interested in understanding the intricacies of animal behaviour or uncovering the secrets of the brain, 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.

 

Explore your program options

Microbiology

Discover the world too small to see with the naked eye in the Microbiology program at UBC Okanagan. You’ll master techniques that let you observe structures and organisms at the microscopic level, and become an expert on topics such as gene regulation, immune responses, and why certain people are susceptible to particular diseases. A lot of your learning will be hands-on in the lab, and you’ll have the chance to direct your own original research.

 

Biophysics

Do you want to study life at every level, from atoms and molecules to cells, organisms, and environments? The Biophysics program at UBC Vancouver is a cross-disciplinary program that incorporates concepts from physical and mathematical sciences with the study of biological systems. You’ll learn how to look for and analyze patterns, as well as gaining an understanding of the basic concepts and quantitative skills of physics. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for graduate studies in biology or physics, or for a career in fields such as medicine or pharmaceuticals.

 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dive into the animal kingdom and learn how organisms interact with the world around them. In the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at UBC Okanagan, you’ll explore animal behaviours and adaptations while gaining a deep understanding of biodiversity through lab work, job placements, and field work in British Columbia and overseas. You’ll develop a foundation that prepares you for a range of careers in conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, and more.

 

The student scoop

Meet Brooke, a Biology alumna who tracked cheetahs in South Africa as a volunteer before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

 

Cognitive Systems

Are you fascinated by the human mind? The Cognitive Systems program at UBC Vancouver sits at the intersection of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. Study the tools that allow people to think – such as language – and explore what it means for machines to generate their own knowledge. You’ll learn how to interpret data, design your own cognitive systems, and navigate ethical complexities. Through hands-on research experiences, you’ll work at the outer limits of scientific understanding, and push the boundaries of understanding the mind.

 


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


 

 

English-language pathways at UBC

English-language pathways at UBC

If you’ve achieved outstanding academic results but haven’t met UBC’s English language requirements, UBC offers a number of programs to help.

There are multiple pathways available if you are accepted to study here but require additional support to improve your English.

 

Conditional Admission Program

The Conditional Admission Program (CAP) offers English-language preparation before you are admitted to your undergraduate degree at UBC Vancouver.

If you are selected for CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen degree program on the condition you successfully complete the UBC Extended Learning English Language Institute English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP). The course provides full-time English-language training through either:

  • An 8-week accelerated session scheduled to start in July and finish at the end of August (only open to CAP students)
  • A 16-week session scheduled to start in January, May, or August/September (open to both CAP and other students)

Once you have successfully completed the EAP, you can transition into your degree program.

The application deadline for CAP is January 15, 2022 for studies beginning in September of 2022.

 

Vantage One

UBC’s Vantage One programs offer an 11-month timetable for first-year international students. In these specially-designed pathways, you will receive English language instruction in your first-year degree courses to prepare you for success during the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree.

As part of Vantage One, you can study towards the  Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Applied Science. Upon successful completion of your Vantage One program, you will receive full first-year course credit towards your undergraduate degree, and progress into your second year of study.

After you complete the first year of the Bachelor of Science, you will continue your studies at UBC Vancouver. If you study the Bachelor of Applied Science, your choice of major will determine whether you’ll complete your studies at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

The application deadline for Vantage One is January 15, 2022 for studies beginning in September of 2022.

 

English Foundation Program

The English Foundation Program (EFP) is offered at UBC Okanagan. An innovative accredited program, it provides university admission to students who meet all of the academic requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science, Applied Science, Management, Fine Arts, Media Studies, and Human Kinetics, but who do not meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standards.

The EFP combines intensive English language training and academic courses while engaging students in campus life. Its goal is to provide a balanced mix of academics, activities, experiential, and cultural learning on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

UBC applicants are automatically evaluated for the EFP if they meet the university’s admission requirements and have applied to study at UBC Okanagan. The application deadline for the EFP is January 15, 2022 for studies beginning in September of 2022.

 

 

Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Are you looking to challenge yourself academically, or boost yourself towards your academic goals? The UBC Future Global Leaders program is designed for you. For 10 weeks, learn from top UBC professors as you delve deeper into your academic interests, and discover what teaching is like at the first-year level at a top-tier university. It’s a great way to figure out what your passions are while you’re still in high school, and prepare yourself for success at university and beyond.

 

What can you study?

You can choose from seven engaging academic courses, all taught by UBC instructors. This year, you’ll take your courses online. You’ll have the chance to meet other students from around the world as you attend your live virtual classes from Monday to Friday.

  • Introduction to Business Foundations: Study the importance of core business functions, including finance, accounting, marketing, and human resource management. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in business, this course is the perfect fit.
  • Introduction to Engineering: If you’re fascinated by engineering, architecture, or applied science, this course is for you. Find out about the engineering profession, and the disciplines of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.
  • Introduction to Psychology: Learn about the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This program is excellent if you’re thinking of majoring in psychology or if you’re interested in the social sciences, applied sciences, or medicine.
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Discover the major areas of philosophy, and learn to reflect upon how philosophy is applied to contemporary questions. If you’re hoping to major in arts, this course is a great introduction to developing key critical thinking skills.
  • Introduction to Game Development with Unity: Learn the basics of Unity, the world’s most popular game engine. You’ll make your own video game prototypes and bring your creative ideas to life.
  • Introduction to Python for Machine Learning: Machine learning is one of the newest and most exciting fields in computer science, used to uncover different aspects of large data sets and predict trends. Choose this course if you’re interested in computer science, science, engineering, or the future of technology, or if you’d like to learn basic coding.

 

UBC Future Global Leaders also offers one non-academic course: Your Guide to Getting into a Canadian University. This course which will show you how to create convincing and memorable university applications, and will maximize your chance of getting into your top-choice institution. It has no live classes, so you can go entirely at your own pace.

 

Who can take part?

To register for a UBC Future Global Leaders course, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. We suggest that you have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B or higher, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You don’t need to submit any transcripts to register.

If you want to register for an academic course and English is not your first language, we recommend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of 80 or equivalent. You don’t need to provide your scores, and can self-assess your own levels.

 

Registration is now open

No application, transcripts, or proof of English is required. Just check your eligibility, and register for the courses you’re interested in!

The courses run from January 29 to April 2, 2022, with your 10 live virtual classes scheduled on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT.

 

UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The UBC Future Global Leaders program will award a number of bursaries to Grade 11 high school students in BC. It will cover full tuition for one 10-week winter course of your choice.

To be considered for a bursary:

  • You must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). If you are entering Grade 11, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 10 English (or equivalent).
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university-college.

Applications for bursaries are now open, and will be accepted until January 21, 2022.

 

 

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

All students in the Land and Food Faculty and also can apply to dual degrees with the Master of Management.

 

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.

The student scoop

Lucy Hoang Land and Food Systems Dietetics UBC Story

As well as working on ways to prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes through studying the Western diet, Lucy found that she was able to learn about social justice issues, psychology, anthropology, and more as part of her program.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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 Engineering or Science, and you’ll be taught by award-winning UBC faculty members.

The 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.

 

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:  Engineering or Science.
  2. Meet the Vantage One admission requirements.
  3. Apply onlineand pay the fee.
  4. Submit your required documents.
  5. Stay in touch.

 

 

How to change the degree you applied to

How to change the degree you applied to

Have you had a change of heart? If you’ve applied to one degree, but decided you’d rather pursue a different one, here’s what you need to do.

 

How to change your degree

  1. Check the admissions requirements for your new degree choice and make sure you meet the criteria.
  2. Be certain of the order of your choices – think of them as two separate applications ranked in order of preference. We will evaluate your first choice first, and if we offer you admission to that choice, we will stop there. We will only evaluate your second-choice degree application if you were unsuccessful with your application to your first choice.
  3. Be absolutely sure you want to change your degree, because you may no longer be eligible for certain UBC awards. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you apply by December 1, 2021, your first-choice degree will be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award if you select that option on the online application. If you are an international student and you apply by January 15, 2022, your first-choice application will be automatically considered for an International Major Entrance Scholarship. For all students, your new first-choice application will not be considered for an award if you make a change after those dates.
  4. After you’ve thought through the above, you can submit the changes of your first-choice and second-choice applications until January 15, 2022. Be sure to include your full name and UBC reference number, and we will update your UBC application accordingly. Your application changes will not be updated if your request is made after January 15, 2022.

Please submit your program change request here. You can use the same link to ask any questions you might have about changing your degree.

 

Please note:

And remember, you use the same UBC application to apply for degrees on both UBC campuses. Your first choice and second choice can be on the same campus or on two different campuses. January 15, 2022 is the deadline for submitting your application, and the deadline for changing the program you’re applying to.

 

 

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

Are you a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person in Canada hoping to attend UBC, but aren’t sure how you’ll finance it? If so, you may want to apply for a Centennial Scholars Entrance Award. These awards assist students who are academically qualified and hope to contribute to the UBC community, but would not be able to attend without substantial financial help.

 

Renewable and one-time awards

The awards can either be a one-time amount, or a sum given annually over four years. The value of the awards can range up to $80,000.

Centennial Scholars Entrance Awards are available to students at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, and are given to incoming high-school students and post-secondary students transferring to direct-entry programs (programs you can enter directly in your first year of study).

 

Apply now for a Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

The application for the award is available online and is due by December 1, 2021, which is also the date you must have submitted your application of admission to UBC in order to qualify. The award application includes an overview of your financial situation (including information from your parents, if applicable), an essay-style description of your circumstances, and a reference form with questions for a third party who is willing to speak to your accomplishments, character, and, if possible, your financial need.

Good luck with your applications! We’re looking forward to seeing new faces next year.

 

 

Early application deadline for post-secondary transfer students

Early application deadline for post-secondary transfer students

There’s more than one way to become a UBC undergraduate. The majority of our students are admitted directly, but UBC also has a number of places available to those who have started their studies at a different post-secondary institution.

If you are a Canadian post-secondary student and you hope to transfer to UBC next year, read on to learn more about the application process.

 

Application deadline and process

UBC has an early application deadline for those transferring from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

First, you’ll need to apply by December 1, 2021, and then submit all your post-secondary transcripts that show all completed courses and all in-progress courses (and other required documents) by January 31, 2022. If you complete these two steps, your application will receive an early assessment on these transcripts. If there are specific deadlines associated with your degree of choice, you will be notified once you have submitted your application.

If you attend a new institution that wasn’t included on your application, it’s important to contact us right away.

 

What if you’re placed on the waitlist?

If you are placed on the waitlist based on this early assessment, there is no need to reapply. Your application will remain in our system and you will be notified of a final decision by June.

Remember, applying early doesn’t increase your chances of gaining admission, but it can mean your application will be considered earlier, and you’ll receive an update about your admission status sooner – most likely between February and April.

 

What happens if you miss the December 1 deadline?

If you apply between December 2, 2021 and January 15, 2022, we will notify you about which documents we need in order to complete your application for review, and how we would like you to submit those documents.

 

Learn more about application deadlines for post-secondary students, or contact us to ask your questions. Good luck!