About UBC Science

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

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.

About UBC Science

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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman launches UBC's efforts to improve undergraduate science education. To date, the initiative has transformed 200 courses.


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

9,900 undergraduate students
2,261 international undergrads
149 Indigenous undergrads
1,692 undergrad degrees conferred
2,922 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