Why Science?

Choose from more than 17 majors in Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Male students working in a chemistry lab

A chemistry student works in a lab.

Science is the foundation of development in areas like technology, medicine and agriculture that keep our world moving forward. Pursuing a science degree will give you the technical, analytical and critical thinking skills to be among tomorrow’s innovators.


Tailor your Bachelor of Science degree with subjects you’re passionate about:

What’s a major? A group of courses or a field of study you specialize in during your degree.
What’s a minor? A secondary group of courses that often complements your major.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (major only)

Biology (major, minor)

Chemistry (major, minor)

Computer Science (major, minor)

Data Science (major, minor)

Earth and Environmental Sciences (major, minor)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (major only)

Economics (major only)

Environmental Chemistry (major only)

Freshwater Science (major only)

General Science (2-3 areas of concentration)

Geospatial Information Science (minor only)

Mathematics (major, minor)

Mathematical Sciences (major only)

Microbiology (major only)

Physics (major, minor)

Psychology (major, minor)

Statistics (major, minor)

Sustainability (major only)

Zoology (major only)

Other Areas of Study
Complement your degree with courses in these new areas:

Food Systems

Mathieu Bourbonnais

Mathieu Bourbonnais, assistant professor in Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences.

Top Professors

More than 80 experts teach courses in the sciences. Students have extraordinary access to their professors, who are connected across the globe.

  • Examine our planet. Learn from outstanding conservation and ecology specialists such as Adam Ford, Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology, and geographic information scientist Mathieu Bourbonnais.
  • Get your hands dirty in Biology. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor John Klironomos digs teaching students about plant and soil microbial environments.
  • Work with leading experts. Psychology professor Zach Walsh explores the behavioural science behind cannabis use for treating mental health conditions. His findings have influenced Canada’s medical cannabis legislation.

Geography alumnus Taylor Clark.

Learn Beyond the Classroom

Gain valuable experience. Study abroad or work in the community with fellow students.

  • Live out your passion at UBC Okanagan. Born out of his love of skiing, Geography alumnus Taylor Clark studied forces such as avalanches that shape our physical landscape.
  • Expand your classroom borders. Zoology alumna Alea Stockton completed fieldwork at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island. She also won a national championship for UBC Okanagan Heat’s cross-country team.
  • Fulfil academic and career aspirations at the same time. Physics alumnus Matthew Basso aspired to teaching and research, so he helped tutor other students in the Math and Science Centre.

Alumna Nishat Tasnim.

Undergraduate Research in the sciences

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career with research.

  • Biology alumna Nishat Tasnim was a fixture in the Microbiome and Inflammatory Disease lab. The Bangladeshi dynamo — named UBC Okanagan’s 2015 Undergraduate Co-Researcher of the Year — became the first in her family to hold a university degree.
  • Join a collaborative research project. As an undergraduate student, Earth and Environmental Science alumnus Nicholas Tochor joined a research group examining the impacts of mining and forestry on grizzly bear populations in the Yellowhead region near Jasper, Alberta.
  • Pursue innovative undergraduate research, and compete for financial cash awards. Open to all sciences students at UBC Okanagan, awards include the Irving K. Barber Undergraduate Research Awards, the NSERC Undergraduate Research Awards and the Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Leadership Prize.

Come see for yourself

Meet professors, talk to current students and experience Science firsthand during Destination UBC, a weekend visit to campus.

Get a glimpse of student life at UBC’s Okanagan campus.


Professor Zach Walsh, Psychology.