About UBC Science

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UBC Science brings together a community of students and scholars internationally recognized for their commitment to discovery and innovation--in the lab and in the classroom.

Home to science at one of the world's top-ranked public universities

Consistently ranked among the world’s top 40 research universities, UBC research prowess is rated best in Canada in physics and astronomy, and marine and environmental sciences by QS World, and in the life sciences by Times Higher Education. UBC’s field normalized academic rankings in science and engineering outpaced all other Canadian universities in 2012.

About UBC Science

A North American leader in transforming science education

UBC Science is a key incubator of educational innovations at UBC and beyond. It's a commitment underscored by the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative and UBC's flexible learning initiative. So far, we've transformed more than 150 science courses, improving the classroom experience of 16,000 UBC undergraduates every year.

Learning at UBC Science

Committed to research excellence within, and across, disciplines

UBC Science faculty members conduct top-tier research in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences. Their discoveries help build our understanding of natural laws—driving insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, nanoscience and new materials, probability, artificial intelligence, exoplanets and a wide range of other areas..

Research at UBC Science

A record of engaged innovation

1962

Neil Bartlett demonstrates the first reaction of a noble gas—key to our understanding of chemical bonds.

1976

Vortek—UBC’s first spin off company—is founded by UBC physicists.

1987

UBC IT manager John Demco conceives the dot-ca domain and oversees registrations until 2000.

1989

MDRU, an award-winning venture between UBC and the mining community, is launched.

1993

Michael Smith wins the Nobel Prize for pioneering site-directed mutagenesis.

1995

UBC computer scientists unveil WebCT. Today the online learning tool is used by 10 million students in 80 countries.

1999

David Lowe develops SIFT, an imaging algorithm that becomes UBC’s most widely adopted invention.

2000

UBC commercializes Visudyne to treat macular degeneration. The drug has saved the vision of 500,000 people.

2003

Microbiologist Brett Finlay heads an international rapid response to the SARS outbreak.

2004

Canada’s first space telescope, MOST, is built by a team led by UBC astronomer Jaymie Matthews.


2014

UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver’s natural history venue, welcomes its 100,000th visitor.

UBC Science at a glance

7,452 undergraduate students
806 international undergrads
1,417 graduate students
410 faculty and 535 staff
$100 million annual budget
43,000 alumni
$97 million annual research funding
2 Nobel Laureates
60 spin-off companies
9 industrial research training programs
1,750 annual co-op placements