Research areas

Ranked as one of the world’s leading public universities, UBC is home to top-tier researchers in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences.


UBC brings together a cluster of 50 renowned evolutionary biologists, zoologists and botanists working to understand the complexities of biological diversity, evolution, plant and animal physiology, and conservation.

The Environment

From coastal ecosystems to fisheries management to climate change—UBC's top-ranked scientists are fostering sustainable futures by investigating the interplay of natural and human systems.

New Materials

Teams of world-class material scientists and chemists at UBC are expanding our understanding of superconductors, nanomaterials, organic compounds, catalysts, and more. The work could transform electronics, energy and medicine.

Earth Sciences

Across departments, UBC researchers are elucidating the cycles that drive geological, atmospheric and ocean processes on Earth. With international partners like NASA and the CSA, they’re also discovering what we can learn from these processes on distant planets.

Physics and Astronomy

Home to Canada's national lab for particle and nuclear physics, UBC also plays key roles at CERN, SLAC, JPARK and other major international collaborations. Together, UBC astronomers and cosmologists are broadening our understanding of the Universe.

Health and Genomics

UBC is home to two of Canada’s strongest interdisciplinary life sciences and genomics hubs, and our researchers are leaders in molecular genetics, genomics, bioengineering, personalized medicine and microbial research.

Computer and Graphics

In partnership with other universities and industry, UBC computer scientists are conducting research that runs the digital gamut from AI, to network and security research, to HCI, to advanced graphics algorithms.

Math and Data Science

Teams working across the computational sciences—including in probability, algebra, geometry, statistics and discrete math—are uncovering fundamental new models and applying the mathematical sciences to pressing issues.

Stem Education

UBC is a North America leader in generating and applying research to facilitate large-scale science education transformation. More than 180 undergrad UBC Science courses have adopted evidence-based enriched learning practices.


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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