At UBC Science, you’ll study at a top international research university, learn from faculty members committed to teaching excellence, and enjoy state-of-the-art facilities.

A top 40 research university

Our strength across a broad range of subjects—geology, math, physics, biology, CS, and environmental science—earns top marks in Canada.

A North American leader in STEM education

We've made unprecedented investments to enrich the experience of thousands of science students and help them succeed.

2,000+ paid co-op positions

UBC Science places domestic and international students in paid co-op positions—you get the support you need to build your skills and network.

A special place for fieldwork

Affiliated geological field schools, marine research stations, natural history museums and nuclear particle accelerators are yours to discover.

Where does UBC rank internationally?

THES Global Ranking 2018

34th

ARWU Global Ranking 2017

31th

US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2017

31st

UBC Science subject area rankings

  Ranking Agency Global Ranking Canadian Ranking
Ecology ARWU Shanghai Rankings 2017 6 1
Physics ARWU Shanghai Rankings 2017 50 1
Environmental Sciences QS World University Rankings 2017 11 1
Environment and Ecology US News and World Report Rankings 2017 9 1
Mathematics US News and World Report Rankings 2017 24 1
Physics US News and World Report Rankings 2017 55 1
Plant and Animal Science US News and World Report Rankings 2017 7 1
Life and Earth Sciences CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017 18 1
Biology Maclean's Magazine 2017 Rankings NA 1
Environmental Science Maclean's Magazine 2017 Rankings NA 1
Computer Science Maclean's Magazine 2017 Rankings NA 2
Mathematics Maclean's Magazine 2017 Rankings NA 2
We’re proud of our rankings, but they don’t tell the whole story. To find out if UBC is the right fit for you, meet some of our students and professors, and explore our program offerings.

Meet UBC Science

Robin Newhouse

Astronomy

Sumedha Sharma

Integrated Sciences

Derek Shimozawa

Computer Science

Ronnie Chen

Mathematics and Computer Science

Gilbert Lam

Pharmacology

Marisol Valerio

Geological Engineering + Co-op

Quill Christie

Biology

Simon Peacock

Dean, UBC Science

Al Shaibani

Microbiology and Immunology, English Literature

Cecilia Montauban

Environmental Science

Michelle Kunimoto

Physics and Astronomy

Angela Sunario

Microbiology and Immunology, Master of Management

Explore your first year options

Design your own timetable

Most first-year UBC Science students design their own timetable, which offers the most flexibility. You select both the courses and the sections you attend according to the requirements of the degree program you want to enter in second year. Most of your lectures will be in large rooms but labs and tutorials will be in smaller groups. You can also benefit from small-group classes, like our first-year seminar in science.

Science One

Science One presents biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics in a unified, integrated format. The program has its own dedicated space, and cultivates critical, independent thought as the basis of scientific inquiry.

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Coordinated Science

Suitable for students who have broad scientific interests and want to explore connections between disciplines. Along with a dedicated study space, students attend the same sections of core courses: biology, chemistry, physics and math.

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UBC Vantage One Science

International students who don't meet UBC's English requirements can consider Vantage One. After completing an intensive 11-month program in computational or physical sciences, you transition directly into second year.

Learn more about Vantage

Explore our program specializations

Now that you're familiar with all that UBC Science has to offer, you can begin the admissions process. You'll apply online through youbc, UBC's undergraduate admissions site. But first, we'll run you through a few important things to consider.