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


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.



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



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 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.



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?


Here are five facts about this unique faculty:


  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. The Forestry Undergraduate Society oversees the Christmas Tree Farm at the UBC Farm, and fundraises by selling environmentally safe and responsibly grown Douglas Firs every December.


  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. Last 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


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


Find out more

You’re invited to meet and learn from staff, students, and professors from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Join us for Taste of LFS, a series of online info sessions and interactive workshops that will help you to discover more about what makes degrees in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems unique, and whether it’s the right place for you. Taste of LFS runs from November 22 to November 26.

Find out more and register here.



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 Education and 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?

“Since the Bachelor of Media Studies is such a small cohort, I got lots of advice from my professors and classmates. I was able to work with visual artists and coders, and I was able to learn how to communicate my ideas to a bigger audience.” Chloe Chang, Bachelor of Media Studies

“The Bachelor of Media Studies is a unique program that looks at overall flow of creative practice that is happening globally, and pulls those assets together into one program.” Megan Smith, professor of Visual Arts and Media Studies at UBC Okanagan



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


Are you fascinated by finding ways to help preserve our environment? In the Sustainability program at UBC Okanagan, you’ll gain skills and knowledge to enable you to take action to solve sustainability at both a local and global scale, including tackling climate change, pollution, and social and economic inequality. Because UBC Okanagan is located in a unique environment, you’ll have access to urban, agricultural, and wilderness environments that will become your real-world labs.


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.


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.


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



Degree spotlight: Bachelor of Management

Degree spotlight: Bachelor of Management

Are you looking to use your leadership skills to make a difference in the world? Do you want to steer organizations towards doing the right thing?

UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Management degree is designed to help you achieve those goals.


What will you learn?

While traditional business schools might direct students to chase profits, UBC Okanagan’s program will teach you how to incorporate social, financial, and environmental sustainability into the way organizations are run.

Your first two years will offer a broad overview of management and business principles, with the option for you to focus on particular areas such as financial accounting, marketing, and management communications if you wish. Your third and fourth years will let you dive more deeply into topics that you care about, while continuing to ensure that you study a wide range of management skills. You’ll finish the program with hands-on experience creating real-life management solutions for one of UBC’s partner organizations.

After graduating, you’ll be ready to work within your community, launch your own business, or empower organizational change.


Student Scoop

Baljit Badhan


Discover how the Bachelor of Management program taught three students the skills to achieve their goals, including fighting for marginalized people in India, helping Indigenous communities in Canada, and launching their own business.


What makes the program unique?

Like other programs at UBC Okanagan, the Bachelor of Management degree is your chance to experience life on a close-knit campus while gaining your education at one of the world’s top 40 universities. Here are five other facts you might not know about the program:

1. Apply your management knowledge to different fields. The Bachelor of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus is designed to let you pursue your interests and learn what sectors you might like to enter after you graduate. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a minor in Computer ScienceCultural StudiesEconomicsSociology, or Psychology.

2. Work within your community. UBC Okanagan has strong ties to local businesses, and you’ll have the chance to make a difference in those organizations. In your third year, you’ll take part in the Live Case Challenge, which asks you to create a sustainable solution to a real-life problem faced by a partnering organization.

3. Gain work experience while you study. Build your career confidence through co-op placements and explore work experience that challenges and inspires you. Co-op placements provide 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.

4. Build new connections and friendships.You’ll be part of the Management Student Associationon the Okanagan campus, which provides optional professional and social experiences for you during your degree, including conferences and competitions throughout the year.

5. Experience brand new facilities. The Faculty of Managementis located in a new, $68-million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that incorporates high-tech teaching tools, training resources, and meeting spaces, and is the largest building on campus.