Integrated Sciences

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About Integrated Sciences

The Integrated Sciences specialization is designed for students whose interests cross disciplinary boundaries within the sciences. It gives students the opportunity to design their own interdisciplinary course of study.


Program details

Integrated Sciences students create their own upper level curricula, fashioning a program that suits their educational goals. The process of developing an individualized, coherent course of study allows students to cultivate and focus their interests from broad science topics into concentrated integrations. The focused curricula leaves more time for students to study material applicable to their goals, while meeting UBC requirements. In addition to their designed curricula, students enroll in 7 credits of core courses. These courses are team-taught by faculty from different departments, reinforcing models of integration between science topics. Students apply to the specialization after completing their first year of undergraduate science. During second year, students work with a dedicated advisor to complete a program application consisting of a vision statement and curriculum rationale. Students graduate with a BSc in Integrated Sciences. The specialization’s flexibility and mentoring support are invaluable. Recent graduates have continued on to careers in health, law, education, business and the public sector.


Over the course of a four-year degree, this program could help you build the following skills:

  • Persuasive and evidence-based proposal writing
  • Faculty and peer mentor collaboration
  • Design, development, and adjustment of multi-year degree plans
  • Communication across diverse disciplines
  • Self-management and initiative
  • Application of systems-thinking to sustainability issues and other complex global problems
  • Collaborative research skills within multidisciplinary teams

Career options in Integrated Sciences

With an undergraduate degree

  • Behavioural interventionist
  • Environmental manager
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Health education specialist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Public health advisor/analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Scientific journalist
  • Software Developer

With additional study

  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Lawyer
  • Marine biologist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Urban planner
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Virologist

UBC Science Integrated Sciences Graduates Work As

  • PhD Candidate in Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Medical Student, University of British Columbia
  • Associate Attorney, Prowse Chowne LLP
  • Master of Public Health Candidate, Johns Hopkins University
  • Physical Therapist, Physioworks
  • Research Assistant, BC Centre on Substance Use

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