Teaching and Learning

Strengthening science education—in and out of the classroom.

The Faculty's commitment to educational excellence is underscored by the efforts of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, the work of the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, and by the ongoing dedication of almost 400 professors, instructors and lecturers across nine departments. But education is about more than classrooms. UBC Science also works to ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop professionally, discover undergraduate research, take their skills into the broader community, explore the globe, and ultimately, become well-rounded, relevant scientific leaders.

Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative

A $12M initiative working with departments and students to improve science education at UBC. The CWSEI has worked with the departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Statistics and Computer Science, and across the life sciences, to transform more than 150 courses.


UBC Science Centre for Learning and Teaching

A research-focused unit engaged in advancing the science behind education. The SCTL works with the UBC Science community and other units to contribute to the body of theoretical and practical knowledge about learning and teaching science, and to help students expand the depth and breadth of their learning.


MOOCs: Free Online Science Classes

In partnership with Coursera and EDx, UBC Science offers free genetics, computer science, game theory and climate literacy non-credit courses online. The university's expertise is now within reach of anyone with Internet access.

Online Science Classes

Flexible Learning in Science

UBC's flexible learning initiative develops, delivers and evaluates learning experiences that promote dramatic changes in student achievement. Flexible learning enables pedagogical and logistical versatility, often facilitated by technology.

UBC Flexible Learning

Undergraduate Education


Teaching and learning at UBC Science is conducted across nine departments and 25 program specializations, providing a broad range of educational options.
» www.science.ubc.ca/departments

First-Year Science Programs

The integrated Science One and broadly based Coordinated Science programs complement the standard science curriculum at UBC Science, offering new students a variety of ways to structure and focus their first year.
» www.science.ubc.ca/students/new/first

Program Specializations

UBC offers a broad, relevant and forward-looking array of programs in the life, physical, earth, mathematical and computing sciences.
» www.science.ubc.ca/students/degree/specializations

Undergraduate Information and Advising

UBC’s Science Student Information Centre, part of the Office of the Dean, works alongside programs to help students progress smoothly through their undergraduate degree program.
» www.science.ubc.ca/students/advising

Office of the Ombudsperson for Students

The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students works with UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment.
» www.ombudsoffice.ubc.ca/

Beyond the Classroom

Co-op and Professional Development

UBC Science Co-op programs encourage students to take their education and skills into the real world, and help them to start building that all-important professional network.

Peer Mentoring and Support: SciTeam

The Cadillac of UBC's peer mentoring groups. 'Students helping students' is the motto of this award-winning undergraduate peer leadership and support group dedicated to Science students.

Removing Barriers to Science Education

Science 101, the Faculty's Aboriginal Initiative, the Jade Project and other initiatives are designed to lessen economic, cultural and gender-based barriers to science education. UBC Science's commitment to diversity and equity in hiring helps to ensure that all members of the community have the opportunity to pursue an academic career.

Internationalization and Global Citizenship

The Faculty's Co-op programs and UBC's Go Global Exchange encourage students to make their education a truly international experience. UBC Science also works to attract and retain a geographically and culturally diverse student body—helping to ensure that all undergraduates benefit from global perspectives.

An Eye to the Future

The recent launch of UBC's dual degree in Science and Education extends the Faculty's commitment to science education beyond the University, helping to bolster the next generation of science teachers in high schools and elementary schools across Canada.


Base Camp for Sci Students

The Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre—funded by UBC Science students and the generous support of technology entrepreneur Abdul Ladha—offers a dedicated space for UBC's 6,300 science students.