UBC Science is organized into nine departments offering an exceptional range of research and study opportunities.
One of the largest and strongest of its kind in North America, the department is a focal point for research and education in plant science—from plant and microbial ecology and evolution, to molecular genetics and biochemistry. The departmental community consists of 28 full-time faculty members, 100 graduate students, numerous post-doctoral fellows and research associates, laboratory technicians, and a support staff.
Department Head: Lacey Samuels
From ultra-cold condensates to living systems – faculty and students probe the molecular properties of matter to make discoveries such as the first noble gas compounds. Recent renovations to the historic Chemistry building and joint space shared with the Department of Physics have enhanced interdisciplinary research opportunities and gives the department one of the most comfortable and up-to-date research spaces in North America.
Department Head: M D Fryzuk
The top computer science department in Western Canada, and one of the top three in Canada. Recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching with a conscious focus on interdisciplinary programs, the Department of Computer Science encourages diversity both within its community and areas of study, and plays a leadership role in research, teaching and outreach activities to champion the understanding and integration of computer science within all aspects of society.
Department Head: James Little (Interim Head)
Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
In the largest and most competitive department of its kind in the country, faculty and students are dedicated to understanding how the earth works – from core to stratosphere. The Department brings together a dynamic, diverse group of scientists and engineers. The research focus of the department extends from pure science studies of the earth`s deep interior, through near-surface geological studies and environmental earth science, to the oceans and atmosphere.
Department Head: Roger Beckie
A world leader in research areas such as probability and number theory, the Department of Mathematics at UBC is one of the leading mathematics departments in Canada. Department faculty have won half of the major Canadian Math Society research prizes in the past five years, as well as other prestigious institute and society awards. The department offers students lively programs exploring pure and applied mathematics.
Department Head: P Loewen
Microbiology and Immunology
With faculty members recognized around the world for contributions in microbiology, molecular biology and immunology, the Microbiology and Immunology offers excellent facilities and a strong support staff. The department also provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue a graduate or undergraduate research program—students experience the most up to date molecular approaches to the study of problems in microbiology and immunology.
Department Head: M Gold
Physics and Astronomy
An international leader in general relativity, superconductivity and subatomic physics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy stimulates student learning through inquiry and hands-on exposure to contemporary science and technology. The department attracts and trains outstanding local, national and international students, and conducts forefront research that probes the big unsolved questions of life and the universe.
Department Head: Colin Gay
Teaching and research at the Department of Statistics focuses on methodology for quantitative studies in virtually every discipline in the sciences, social sciences and engineering. The department boasts 18 regular faculty members, four professors emeriti, and a number of associate members. Graduate students, postdocs, and collaborators are a critical component of this research-intensive academic department.
Department Head: Nancy Heckman
With strong roots in fisheries and fish technology, the Department of Zoology’s faculty and students pursue 21st-century questions in developmental biology, comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolution. The department encompasses over 50 principal investigators and vigorously promotes integrative research in biology and actively participates in several interdisciplinary programs, including the graduate programs in genetics, neuroscience, applied mathematics and resource management.
Department Head: Robert Shadwick