About UBC Science

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

Ranked among the world’s top 40 universities, UBC research prowess in environmental science, math, physics, plant and animal science, computer science, oceanography, geology and biology is consistently rated best in Canada by international and national rankings.

A North American leader in transforming science and technology education

UBC Science is a key incubator of educational innovations at UBC and beyond. Led by the Faculty's teaching and learning initiatives, we've transformed more than 200 science courses, improving the classroom experience of 16,000 UBC undergraduates every year.

Committed to research excellence within, and across, disciplines

Our faculty conduct top-tier research in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences, helping to build our understanding of natural laws—driving insights into sustainability, biodiversity, human health, new materials, probability, AI, exoplanets and beyond.

A record of engaged innovation

AbCellera, co-founded by UBC researcher Carl Hansen, undertakes the largest initial public stock offering in Canadian biotechnology history.

UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Centre opens--a $50 million complex housing some of the best biodiversity researchers in the world, and a two-million specimen natural history collection.

Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman joins UBC to lead the Faculty’s efforts to improve undergraduate science education. The initiative goes on to transform more than 200 courses.

Canada's first space telescope, the Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars telescope, is built by a team led by UBC astronomer Jaymie Matthews.

UBC spin out QLT begins sales of Visudyne—based on the work of chemist David Dolphin and immunologist Julia Levy. The drug saves the vision of at least 500,000 people.


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


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


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



More Historic Milestones

UBC Science at a glance


9,900 undergraduate students
2,261 international undergrads
149 Indigenous undergrads
1,692 undergrad degrees conferred
2,937 annual co-op placements
1,673 graduate students
455 faculty and 647 staff
$176 million annual budget
50,000+ alumni
$131 million annual research funding across 1,410 projects
$5 million annual industry funding
2 Nobel Laureates
89 spin-off companies
6 industrial research training programs



Musqueam First Nation land acknowledegement

UBC Science acknowledges that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

Learn more: Musqueam First Nation

Faculty of Science

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