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BA in Geography (Environment and Sustainability)

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Geography
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/undergraduate/environment_sustainability.html
Language:
English
Description:

The Environment and Sustainability Program offers an integrated understanding of physical, ecological, economic, socio-cultural and political systems, as they shape the world in which we live and influence the future of life on planet earth. It provides an excellent grounding for those interested in working in the environmental sphere and a strong platform for the development of a sense of global stewardship. The Environment and Sustainability Program offers a BA degree within the Department of Geography. It is carefully designed to integrate the perspectives of the Geographical Biogeosciences (leading to a BSc degree) and those of the broader field of Human Geography (in which a BA degree is also available), by focusing on the varied, ever-changing interactions between humans and nature. These interactions have long been a concern of Geography, a wide-ranging discipline that provides a unique perspective on the habitable earth by bringing together scientific, social scientific, and humanistic approaches to understanding. This program therefore offers many of the advantages associated with interdisciplinary studies of the environment and benefits from its location in a single department in which research and teaching straddle the categories that elsewhere divide knowledge and narrow the search for understanding. This location also offers students an identifiable, socially engaging, and intellectually rewarding home on campus. In sum, the Environment and Sustainability program encourages students to see the world whole, to develop a sense of global citizenship and to consider how they can act responsibly to foster the resilience and enhance the sustainability of the earth's environments and societies. The Environment and Sustainability program proceeds from a broad base in the first two years of BA studies. Six courses (18 credits) are required. These are chosen from carefully-selected lists of offerings in the Geographical Biogeosciences and Human Geography and include one course introducing students to environmental and geographical research. Students are encouraged to range widely beyond these courses in shaping their lower-year programs; courses with an environmental emphasis in economics, history, sociology, and political science, and others with a focus on environmental science (including courses in the Faculties of Forestry [Natural Resource Conservation] and Land and Food Systems) are recommended.In the 3rd and 4th years, students are required to complete thirteen courses (39 credits) numbered 300 or above from the lists below. These credits are clustered in three concentrations:Environmental; Human Geography; Research and Methods. The 21 credits required for the environmental concentration are selected from a combination of GEOB (Geographical Biogeoscience) and GEOG (Geography, BA) courses chosen for their complementary emphases on and approaches to understanding human-environment interactions; the GEOB courses are designed to be accessible for BA (E&S) students. The Human Geography course requirement (6 credits) introduces students to questions of place and human identity, and the spatial basis of cities, economies and societies. The 12 credits of Research and Methods courses provide students with a solid grounding in research methods of great value to environmental practitioners and citizens alike. On completion of the program, students will have at least an introductory grasp (depending on their course selections) of Geographic Information Science, Cartography, Statistics, and qualitative research methods. They will also have completed at least one research course (either as a field course, a research workshop or small-group seminar). Students are encouraged to follow their particular interests in the study of environment and sustainability by selecting relevant electives from other UBC departments; further advice about options is available from the Geography Advising Office. In general, Human Geographers make contributions to the private and public sectors in such professional fields as education, physical and social planning, urban development, industrial location, economic development, tourism, regional studies, cartography and geographical information science. In addition, students graduating from the Environment and Sustainability program are particularly well prepared for employment in environmental and resource fields, and with the growing number of groups and government departments that now include sustainability as an important part of their mandates.

Keywords:
geography,biogeoscience,climate,ecosystems,water,landscape,forest,agriculture,climatology

BA.Sc. in Environmental Engineering

Specialzation:

Department:
environmental engineering program
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.enve.ubc.ca/
Language:
English
Description:

The environmental engineering program is a joint effort between the University of Northern BC (Prince George) and the University of BC (Vancouver). The first group of students enrolled in the program in 2002 and graduated in 2007.There were two main goals in mind when developing and starting this program. The first was to meet a demand for engineering specialists by the growing environmental industry. The second goal was to facilitate the introduction of an engineering program at the University of Northern BC. It has taken a few years, but the program is now attracting 30-35 students; students who come from many different age groups, ethnic backgrounds and geographic areas. Many students enter into second year, after completing first year in another program, often at a different school. Female students comprise 48% of the class; the highest percentage in any engineering program at UBC.The program is unique in many ways; exposing students to the different cultures at UNBC and UBC, and giving them a solid training in environmental science and engineering. Our students graduate strongly and uniquely prepared to work in industry, the environmental consulting sector, or in government.The program was accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board in 2009 for a full six years (the maximum possible). I am proud of this endorsement of the program, and most of all, of the bright and enthusiastic students in it. I invite you to look through this website to learn more about the program and its students. And if you are passionate about our Environment, and have an interest in Environmental Engineering as a career, then please consider applying to our program.

Keywords:
sustainability,air pollution,transport,environmental hydraulics,hydrology,groundwater contamination,sustainable development

Bachelor of Commerce, Sustainability Concentration

Specialzation:

Department:
Sauder School of Business
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.sauder.ubc.ca/Programs/Bachelor_of_Commerce/Current_Students/Concentrations_and_Minors
Language:
English
Description:

This new concentration aims to expose students to the challenges that today's business leaders are facing with regards to environmental, economic and social sustainability by complementing BCOM courses with sustainability studies When you are promoted to and registering for BCom Year Three, you must select one of the following options:Accounting, Commerce and Economics, Finance, General Business Management, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, International Business Option*, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, Transportation and Logistics A concentration or track may be taken in additon to your option. You will receive a certificate upon completion.

Keywords:
sustainable development,ethics,environmental management,sustainability,energy

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.sala.ubc.ca/programs/environmental-design
Language:
English
Description:

It is inherently paradoxical that our contemporary concern for the environment would emerge only after a period of sustained, indiscriminate use of the earth's natural resources. While it is commonly acknowledged that the planet's now limited assets - undeveloped land, fresh air, clean water - should be responsibly managed for future generations, it is also evident that human settlement must envision alternative constructs that are both socially and ecologically sustainable. And yet the word 'sustainable', as its etymology suggests, is not limited to ideas of continuance. Perhaps there is a tendency to overlook its more profound meaning - an optimism for life.In Vancouver, in the province of British Columbia, and in every place and every city, there is also a tacit need to rediscover the meaning of ethos - of life, of community and of education - including the manner in which we understand and represent the world, how we propose to act in the world amongst others, and how we might speculate on the nature and quality of its inhabitation beyond our own lifetime. The ENDS program proposes that an appropriate place to explore these issues is in the context of an ethically based, comprehensive design education.The Bachelor of Environmental Design [ENDS] program is a 4-year [8 term] degree. The program begins with a two-year foundation in a general liberal education, and, in the third and fourth years, the program focuses on themes emphasizing analysis and representation, history and theory, technology and practice, all anchored by a Core Studio Design curriculum.The purpose of the whole of this design education is to suggest to each student something of his or her own potential in the physical and intellectual realm. Each student will be expected to assume a critical position in this world: for some, this process will lead to a professional role in the planning and shaping of the natural and built environment.At the heart of the ENDS program is the proposition that a community of liberally educated, broadly skilled citizens might eventually serve as advocates for a sustainable planet, manifesting a humanist view of the public world. A constituency aware of the real challenges and opportunities in forming space and designing with the land finds common ground first as a community in the academic environment of the university, considering as its central focus issues relevant to contemporary society. Their designs, critically engaged and imaginatively considered, will be the next, optimistic memos of this new millennium.

Keywords:
sustainability,architecture,geometric modeling,site engineering,ecology,urban planning,landscape,resource

BSc in Environmental Sciences

Specialzation:

Department:
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.ensc.ubc.ca/index.html
Language:
English
Description:

The University of British Columbia's Faculty of Science offers a Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours) in Environmental Sciences. The Environmental Sciences Program is designed to give students a broad perspective on the environment. It concentrates on understanding the major environmental issues facing human societies and adopts an integrative cross-deiciplinary approach to the study of these issues.Graduates from the program have found that it provides excellent preparation for the workplace and further study.The curriculum in the program provides a significant background in chemistry, social sciences, life sciences, and earth and ocean sciences. The core courses, ENVR 200, 300, 400 and 449 examine environmental issues through seminars and student projects. Students select electives from areas of concentration.Both Major and Honours programs are offered. Admission is based on academic performance and an essay. For the honours program, students require a minimum 72% average in prior courses for admission, and must maintain at least a 68% average for continuation in the program. Students normally apply to the Major or Honours program after first year. However, it is possible to apply after second year. Application processing begins on May 15 for September admission. For more information, please contact the Director of the Environmental Sciences Program.The Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Sciences is designed to give students a broad perspective on the environment. The program concentrates on understanding the major environmental issues facing human societies and it adopts an integrative cross-disciplinary approach to the study of these issues. The program provides a significant background in chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, life sciences, and social sciences. The core courses, ENVR 200, 300, 400, and 449, examine environmental issues through seminars and student projects. Students are required to select an Area of Concentration that includes required and elective courses.

Keywords:
sustainability,chemical analysis,environment analytics,earth,ocean,life sciences,biology,microbiology,ecology,conservation

BSc in Forest Resources Management, Specialization in Community and Aboriginal Forestry

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Forestry
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,203,328,1472
Language:
English
Description:

The Forest Resources Management Major (Specialization in Community and Aboriginal Forestry) provides prospective forestry professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the discipline of forest management. The program is designed to facilitate students' acquisition of specific knowledge, and skill to give them the confidence they need to make effective decisions in the emerging field of Community and Aboriginal forestry. Graduates, after appropriate work experience and examination, will be eligible for registration as professional foresters (R.P.F.)This program provides students with an introduction to the biological, physical, and social sciences basic to forest resource management. It ensures a working knowledge of the characteristics of forest resources, their interactions, and management approaches. Students study the political and socio-economic contexts of forestry practice and the historical and ethical foundations of the profession. The interdisciplinary CAF specialization provides awareness and skill in cross cultural communications, facilitation, policy, and small business management. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on encouraging communication skills, both oral and written, creative thinking, critical analysis, and professional pride. The Canadian Federation of Professional Forester Associations (CFPFA) has reassessed their accreditation goals and standards and the Faculty of Forestry has followed their approach. Because every graduate does not need to follow exactly the same course path, the CFPFA now allows the flexibility for students to emphasize certain aspects of forest management. Students in the specialization fulfill the core requirements of the CFPFA and add courses with learning objectives appropriate for Community and Aboriginal Forestry.

Keywords:
sustainability,socio economy,forest,resource,ecosystem,ecology,biology

BSc in Forest Sciences

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Forestry
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/undergraduate/prospective/degree-programs/forest-sciences/
Language:
English
Description:

If you have an inquisitive mind, enjoy biology, and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, then the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.Sc.), Forest Sciences program may be for you. Students study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms, and the ecology of plant and animal communities. Students select an area of concentration during their second year and specialize their studies according to their own interests, including genetics, ecology, entomology, pathology, silviculture, and fire science. An International Specialization is also possible, focusing on forest ecosystems in another part of the world. This program provides a partial basis for acquiring professional certification (Registered Professional Foresters or Registered Professional Biologists). We take advantage of numerous values that forests provide for us, such as wood fibre, drinking water, hunting, and fishing. Our use of one part of the forest ecosystem can impact all of the other parts. How do the plants and animals in forest ecosystems react to insects and disease, climate change, pollution, harvesting, and recreational use? How do we sustain the biological diversity of our forests while meeting our resource needs? To answer questions like these, we depend on the research conducted by forest scientists. Forests are complex ecosystems, comprised of thousands of organisms, both plants and animals, but also insects, fungi, algae, and bacteria. The way we manage our natural resources is based upon our understanding of how these organisms live and interact with each other. It is also based on our understanding of the non-living components of the forest environment, such as geology, soil, water (hydrology), fire, and climatology. The vast number of different factors that affect the growth and health of forest ecosystems make the field of forest science exciting and diverse, as it encompasses multiple scientific disciplines. Research is ongoing in all aspects of forestry and forest conservation to better understand individual aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, disease, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration. Each of these components is studied in isolation, but this focus is expanded to see how they interact with each other as part of the larger forest ecosystem. The forest science degree program offers a unique opportunity to specialise your studies while applying what you learn to the bigger picture of the forest ecosystem and forest resources management.

Keywords:
sustainability,forest,ecology,pathology,biotechnology,hydrology,aquatic sciences,soil,tree physiology,wildlife,water,geology

BSc in Global Resource System

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/undergraduate/undergraduate/program/grs
Language:
English
Description:

UBC continues to develop exceptional global citizens who promote the values of a civil and sustainable society through such far-reaching programs as the Global Resource Systems (GRS). The program recognizes that resource problems are complex and require a range of skills, as well as solutions that are global and interdisciplinary in scope.As part of this program students study science in the context of a region of the world, gaining an understanding of agricultural and natural resource systems from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The curriculum involves a double major - you customize your degree by selecting both a resource area and region of the world to focus your studies.Students complete their first year in Land and Food Systems, Arts or Sciences and then begin the GRS program at the beginning of second year or third year. In third and fourth years, students choose a resource specialization and a region.The program is learner-centered, allowing you maximum flexibility to take charge of your education. You graduate with international understanding, problem-solving skills, and a sense of your place as partners in creating a sustainable world.For more information on the Global Resource Systems website, you can visit the GRS blog . Here you will find detailed information about the program, including where graduates are working as well as current student exchanges and experiences.International programs in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Africa combine language skills, cultural experience and real-life applications of global sustainability. Through the Global Resource Systems program you can combine a field of study such as international development or sustainable agriculture within a specific region of the world. By studying internationally, students gain a uniquely integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the complex issues faced by local and global communities.In third and fourth years, students pursue a double major, a resource specialization and a regional specialization.

Keywords:
environment,food,resource,trade,agriculture,animal behaviour,wildlife

BSc in Natural Resources Conservation

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Forestry
Degree Type:
Bachelors
Website:
http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/undergraduate/prospective/degree-programs/natural-resources-conservation/
Language:
English
Description:

The program is multi-disciplinary involving courses in biology, geography, economics, sociology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, conservation biology and biodiversity, philosophy and ethics, wildlife and fisheries management, hydrology, math and computer science, policy and planning, globalization, indigenous perspectives, and sustainability. Attention is paid to different resource systems such as forests, agriculture/range, energy/minerals, oceans/lakes/rivers. The program has its foundation in the biological and social sciences, teaching direct applications in the lab and in the field of technologically advanced tools available to resource planners and managers, such as Geographic Information Systems, satellite image and aerial photo remote sensing technologies, computer modeling software, and quantitative statistical techniques. The program not only provides a thorough understanding of natural ecosystems, but provides an appreciation for the political, legal and socioeconomic contexts which affect the design and outcomes of conservation and management strategies. The program emphasizes the development of oral and written communication skills, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and leadership. Students are introduced to research and data collection methods, study designs, and have opportunities for independent research.This program is unique from most conservation biology or environmental science programs because students are constantly challenged to apply what they are learning. Lab sessions are often held outdoors to bring a hands-on reality to the classroom education. This program offers two specializations: the major in Science and Management and the major in Global Perspectives.The highlight of the major in Science and Management is the Integrated Field School, which students take in their fourth year. During the semester-long field school, students work and learn in three different ecosystems in British Columbia; alpine, grassland and aquatic. Leading conservation experts provide detailed field and seminar instruction. . Students learn to conduct, analyze, interpret and write-up basic field research. They learn to conduct land-use planning exercises and apply different restoration methods and strategies in a field context. Students gain a hands-on understanding of the biological and social aspects of conservation problems and successful conservation strategiesThe highlight of the major in Global Perspectives is the international learning experience and related capstone modelling course: Global resources systems and sustainability. Students apply their international knowledge of resource systems and assessment tools, consider supply and demand issues, governance and institutional capacity and develop and compare alternative resources management and policy scenarios that balance environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Keywords:
biology,geography,terrestrial science,conservation,biodiversity,ethics,wildlife,fisheries,hydrology

Graduate Program in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/graduate/programs/ISLFS
Language:
English
Description:

Arguably the most important challenge for the world community in the 21st Century is Global Food Security ? our ability to create a sufficient, healthy, safe, culturally relevant and economically accessible food system for everyone. Sustainable food systems will require more than technological advances, and must integrate economic, social and environmental relationships, thus involving community, land and food systems.New solutions will demand that researchers and policy makers approach the task differently from in the past. We can no longer expect solutions to come from a single discipline. The Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems graduate program offers you the opportunity to focus on such key complex issues. It encourages you to use holistic approaches that integrate knowledge from across disciplines to find solutions relevant to diverse communities.

Keywords:
sustainability,agricultural economics,animal science,resource,human nutrition,health,land,food,plants,soil

Graduate Program in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environmental Health
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.soeh.ubc.ca/
Language:
English
Description:

The School of Environmental Health (SOEH) is a teaching and research unit in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies. It has ~ 25 graduate students, 8 full-time faculty, ~ 25 other associated faculty from other UBC departments, from outside the university, and from other universities, and ~ 25 office, research & laboratory staff members.The School's primary objective is to prepare professionals and researchers with the expertise to evaluate risks from physical, chemical and biological exposures and the skills and sensitivities to effect changes that will protect human health and well-being.Its vision is a world in which risks from occupational and environmental hazards are minimized by their recognition, evaluation and control, to the benefit of workplace and community health and well-being. Its mission is to assist society in minimizing such risks by: providing an outstanding education to students and professionals, generating new knowledge through research, and effectively communicating this knowledge.

Keywords:
sustainability,pollution,bioaerosols,epidemiology,transportation,health,adaptation

Graduate Program in Resource Management and Environmental Studies

Specialzation:

Department:
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.ires.ubc.ca/information-for-current-students/masters-program/
Language:
English
Description:

Resource Management and Environmental Studies (RMES) is the interdisciplinary graduate program at IRES that offers Masters of Art, Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Additionally, RMES offers a Watershed Management Certificate. The academic program is flexible and, to a large extent, tailored to the educational goals of the student. A thesis proposal/statement of intent is required at the time of formal application to the program in order to facilitate the selection of an appropriate supervisor, supervisory committee and individual academic direction. The RMES program draws from faculty members' expertise from across the University.The RMES program's research activities address a range of topics related to land management, environmental assessment, policy analysis, coastal zone management, fisheries management, agroforestry, water resource management, hydrology, energy, negotiation issues, risk perception and assessment, issues of governance, science and policy, and community development.The program's aim is to integrate the socioeconomic (political) and biophysical (ecological) approaches to resource and environmental issues. To achieve these aims, workshops and seminars are common academic formats.RMES welcomes applications from national and international students of diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Keywords:
resource,environmental planning,energy,conservation,ecosystem,biofuels,transportation,climate change,water,sustainability

Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program

Specialzation:

Department:
College for interdisciplinary Studies
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.isgp.ubc.ca/
Language:
English
Description:

The twelve interdisciplinary programs within CFIS provide 657 graduate students with a collaborative research experience they might not otherwise have working within a single discipline. Programs are either administered within a research unit, or exist independently, and provide students and faculty with an extraordinary opportunity to solve complex problems drawing on diverse disciplines.

Keywords:
sustainability,bioinformatics,biology,genetics,genome science,environmental hygiene,oncology,planning,resource management

Master of Engineering in Clean Energy

Specialzation:

Department:
Clean Energy Research Centre
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/prospective_students/cleanenergy.php
Language:
English
Description:

If you have already devoted the time and effort required to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in engineering or other related field and would like to further your academic training and work experiences, you may want to consider the Master of Engineering in Clean Energy Engineering program. UBC's Faculty of Applied Science and the Clean Energy Research Centre has launched an innovative new master's degree in Clean Energy Engineering?the first of its kind in Canada and one of only a handful worldwide. The Masters of Engineering in Clean Energy Engineering is intended for those with an undergraduate degree in engineering who are interested in advanced training related to environmentally-advantageous energy-efficient technologies?technologies that will help meet the global need for energy while reducing electricity and greenhouse gases and other emissions. Special focus on energy conservation, social change concepts, efficient use of electricity and methods for comparing and evaluating alternative energy scenarios will be areas of focus. In addition, attention will be devoted to sustainable energy sources such as biomass, solar, wind and small-scale hydro. The Master of Engineering in Clean Energy Engineering will take approximately 16 months to complete and includes a co-operative work term in which students gain technical, paid work experience. The professional degree program comprises coursework and a project. From the core courses and broad range of electives, students acquire new skills and build on their knowledge base to advance their career goals. Unlike research-focused advanced degrees, the Master of Engineering program provides the unique opportunity to focus on areas such as management, business and leadership in the engineering profession. Through a partnership involving the UBC Sustainability Office and the Faculty of Applied Science, BC Hydro Power Smart will be supporting the program with a focus on energy conservation by providing expertise, co-funding Engineering Co-op work placements related to energy conservation efficiency, supporting the BC Hydro Power Smart Instructional Fellowship, and assisting with program curriculum development .

Keywords:
thermal energy,fuel,combustion,gasification,pyrolysis,nuclear energy,conservation

Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering Program, Specialization in Mining Sustainability and the Environment

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Mining Engineering
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.mining.ubc.ca/MEng.html
Language:
English
Description:

The purpose of a M.Eng. degree is to increase student's skills and knowledge in a particular aspect of mining or mineral processing. This program has the same admission requirements as the MASc and offers the same courses but instead of a thesis, students are expected to take additional courses. Currently, M.Eng. degree students can specialize in four areas: Mining Geotechnics, Mineral Processing, Mine Environment, Mine Economics and Finance An M.Eng. degree consists of 30 credits of course work in your given area of interest. Usually this amounts to 10 courses, which must be selected from offerings in the Faculty of Science or Applied Science. M.Eng. students must achieve a passing grade of at least 68% in all courses taken, although up to six credits will be permitted for marks between 60-67%.Students may use a maximum of six credits of undergraduate courses to fulfill these credit requirements. Some students may opt to substitute regular course work with a six-credit project course, which involves describing the results of an engineering project in a written report that is reviewed and graded by at least one professor. Please note that before registering in a project course, students must enter into a written agreement with a professor who agrees to review the project work and the report.

Keywords:
sustainability,mining,energy,earth,mine environment,mineral resource

Master of Food and Resource Economics

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/graduate/programs/MFRE
Language:
English
Description:

Food and Resource Economics (FRE) (formerly the Department of Agricultural Economics) in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC has a long history of offering a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics degree. The M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics is a traditional research-based masters degree, and continues to attract a committed group of students wanting a strong research based masters. For more information on the M.Sc. and the FRE Group see here.The FRE Group believes there is demand in Canada and around the world for a professional masters degree focused on economics in the food and resource sectors. Thus, it has developed a new professional masters degree, the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE). The degree was modeled after the Faculty's Master of Food Science, a successful new professional degree now in its third year. For three decades, FRE faculty members have seen many graduates from agricultural economics and related bachelor's degrees struggle to find a master's degree that suits their interests and background. Many find the M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics to be too research focused. Some consider degrees in public policy, while others consider an MBA, but in both cases they want a degree that is more economics based. They want a degree in applied economics that builds on their undergraduate degrees by extending their economic theory and applying it to the food and resource sectors, both domestically (in Canada) and globally. The MFRE degree is unique in the sense of combining applied economics with policy analysis and agribusiness management. It is designed for people wanting to work in the food and natural resource sectors, either for private firms, governments or international organizations overseas. It is the type of professional degree that many graduates have said they wanted.

Keywords:
sustainability,economics,food,resource,agricultural economics,greenhouse gas

Master of Science in Forestry

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Forestry
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/graduate/graduate-degree-programs/
Language:
English
Description:

We currently have 260 students enrolled in our graduate programs, more than half of whom are doctoral students. 99% of our Masters students are also engaged in research, in our regular or research-intensive Masters programs. These students are engaged in research that runs the gamut of forestry-related topics which our faculty members investigate. We also offer a course-based program in forestry, and a sustainability and business specialization MBA in conjunction with the Sauder School of Business. We are also actively working on the development of several new course-based Masters programs.The Faculty of Forestry offers graduate courses in which students can hone their technical writing and oral presentation skills, and a core course in which students are informed about many aspects of forestry in British Columbia. A broad suite of graduate-level courses are offered by members of the Faculty of Forestry and our colleagues across campus. Graduate students are also encouraged to attend the many research seminars offered in the Faculty and other units on campus. Workshops specifically designed for graduate students are offered each year, including writing scholarships and grant applications, publishing, and teaching. Additional workshops on advanced writing and linking science to policy are planned for this year. The Forestry Graduate Student Association (FGSA) also organizes monthly social events and sporting activities for graduate students to make sure students enjoy their time at UBC.One aspect of the Forestry Graduate Program of which we are particularly proud is our success in attracting graduate students from around the world. 52% of our students are from countries other than Canada, and we have students from 38 different countries, making Forestry one of the most culturally diverse graduate programs at UBC. We assist incoming international students with the transition to life in Vancouver and at UBC by matching each with a current student from the same country or region. The FGSA runs an informal seminar series (Global Tea House) in which graduate students discuss forests and forestry in their native country. Given the global nature of modern forestry, the experience our students gain by working with colleagues from around the world is a subtle but effective means of creating the global citizens that UBC aspires to produce.

Keywords:
biomaterials,biotechnology,forest management,timber engineering,conservation,hydrology,ecology,sustainability

Master of Land and Water Systems

Specialzation:

Department:
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://mlws.landfood.ubc.ca
Language:
English
Description:

The 12-month, professional Master of Land and Water Systems program provides students an opportunity to obtain science based skills, training and knowledge in the area of Land and Water Systems to address the emerging environmental issues of food security, maintenance of ecological services, restoration of degraded lands, climate change adaptation, and resource conservation.

Land and water are essential resources required to sustain the human goals of food security and maintenance of a healthy and productive environment, including all forms of useable energy. Managing land and water as an integrated system provides a framework to aid society to achieve the goals of human security.

The goal of the innovative Master of Land and Water Systems program is to offer a professional degree that will serve both practicing resource managers, and recent graduates from cognate undergraduate academic programs, the necessary credentials to address the emerging global concerns of land and water resources conservation and management.

The program draws from a broad range of academic and professional expertise in disciplines including geochemistry, biology, soil science, hydrology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, forest sciences and more. The program is aimed at both recent graduates and practicing professionals who are seeking additional academic qualification.

Keywords:
land, water, resource management, professionals, science, environmental science, sustainability, food, energy, soil, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, planning, adaptation, communication

The International Sustainable Campus Network

Website:
http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/
Area / Region:
Global 
Description:

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.The ISCN is an initiative which is graciously supported and directed by ?cole Polytechnique F?d?rale de Lausanne (EPFL) and The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).  

Activities:
The mission of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. 
Members:

Brown University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Indian Institutes of Technology, Madras, INSEAD The Business School for the World, Johns Hopkins University, Keio University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, National University of Singapore, Peking University, Politecnico di Milano, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Stanford University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of British Columbia, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, University of Cape Town, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, University of Hong Kong, , University of Melbourne, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Western Australia, Yale University 



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