Pathway Degrees

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The following list of programs provide pathways for more advanced degrees in the health science field. These programs alone do not offer accreditation or a direct entry into professions but can be used to develop further skills to enter post-secondary career paths.

For more information about these programs or their potential pathways into professional programs, please contact Savanah Knockwood.

Savanah Knockwood
Indigenous Student Programs Coordinator
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
285-2206 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

Tel: 604 827-4000
E-mail: savanah.knockwood@ubc.ca

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Faculty of Science

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Information accurate as of: May 30th 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Physics & Astronomy website. For further details, please visit: http://www.phas.ubc.ca/

Bachelor of Science in Biophysics (BSc)

The Biophysics program gives students a good working knowledge of one subfield in the biological sciences at the senior undergraduate level. Students graduating in the program will also have an understanding of the basic concepts and quantitative skills of physics. It is intended that graduates of this program will be able to go to graduate school in biological sciences or physics with minimal remedial work. Biophysics program is excellent preparation for the medical profession.  One field for example where physicists make a tremendous impact in medicine is in radiology, where imaging techniques like MRI, PET, and ultrasound are based on physical phenomena.

Microbiology and Immunology
Faculty of Science

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Information accurate as of: May 30th 2016. Retrieved from the Microbiology and Immunology website. For further details, please visit: http://www.microbiology.ubc.ca/

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BSc)

The Biotechnology Program provides a combination of theoretical and practical studies, focused on microbiology and related disciplines, is designed for students planning to work in the biotechnology sector. Biotechnology is the scientific manipulation of living organisms, especially at the molecular genetic level. The Honours Biotechnology is offered in cooperation with the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). You must complete a 30-credit first-year program at UBC before transferring to BCIT for two years. Then you return to UBC for two years of academic and co-op work terms. Some applications of biotechnology include the genetic engineering of food crops for disease or pest resistance, creating new medicines, and, in the environmental sector, the development of bacteria that consume toxic chemicals and reduce pollution.

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology (BSc)

The Microbiology and Immunology Program offers versatile major and honours specializations leading to the Bachelor of Science. All students take the same core courses but appropriate choices of selections allow students to develop foundations in diverse areas such as applied microbiology, environmental microbiology, immunology, microbial pathogenesis, microbial physiology, molecular genetics, virology, bioinformatics, computer science and oceanography.

Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc)

The Microbiology and Immunology program involves the study of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Students investigate the ecology, evolution and environments of these micro-organisms, including the diseases they cause and the human defenses that protect us. The program seeks solutions to the problem of antibiotic resistance; designing new, combination drug therapies; using bacteria in industrial processing and environmental remediation; designing cancer therapies and understanding auto-immune disease. Projects span population biology, organism behaviour, cell interactions and molecular mechanisms, and students graduate with extensive training in analytical thinking, creative innovation and effective communication.  Students enter a variety of careers in industry, academia, not-for-profit organisations and the business world.

Genome Science + Technology Program
Faculty of Medicine

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Information accurate as of: May 30th 2016. Retrieved from the Genome Science + Technology Program website. For further details, please visit: http://www.gsat.ubc.ca/curriculum/

The MSc and PhD programs in Genome Science and Technology (GSAT) allows students to learn the latest advances in genomic sciences and high through-put technologies.  This program is intended to accommodate the diverse background of students and the broad nature of genomic research in human, animal, plant, microbes, and viruses. Faculty members associated with the program have diverse backgrounds in genomics and proteomics, bio-engineering, systems biology, chemical biology, device and instrumentation development and engineering.

Psychology
Faculty of Arts

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Information accurate as of: May 9th 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Psychology’s website. For further details, please visit: http://psych.ubc.ca/

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BSc or BA)

The Department of Psychology offers programs of study that lead to the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science.

The Bachelor of Science program is intended for students whose interest in psychology is in the biological basis of behaviour. The Science program covers a range of topics including advanced research methods in the behavioural sciences, sensation and perception, animal learning and cognition; hormones and behaviour; computers and psychology; and biopsychology.

The Bachelor of Arts program provides students with interest in the areas of social, personality, developmental, clinical or general experimental areas of psychology. Applicants interested in these areas should apply for the BA degree.

Graduate Degree in Psychology (MA or PhD)

The MA and PhD programs in Psychology are diverse programs that attempt to understand the basis of behaviour, thoughts and emotions. Graduate training begins with an MA and proceeds to the PhD; admission is restricted to those who intend to continue to the PhD. Faculty conduct research in the areas of happiness, language acquisition, gambling, child development, gender roles, environmental behaviour, neuroscience, and many other areas of psychology. The Department offers seven areas of research including: Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, Developmental, Health Psychology, Quantitative Methods and Social/Personality Psychology. Please note that only the Clinical Psychology stream is the only accredited program by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (UBC Okanagan)

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UBC-O Bachelor of Science in Biology (BSc)

The Biology Program is designed to provide students with an excellent grounding in all fields of biology and the basic practical skills of the working biologist. This program prepares students for graduate school and professional programs. Students graduating from the UBC Okanagan campus with a B.Sc. in Biology will have a wide variety of practical experience and skills in laboratory and fieldwork, and communications (both oral and written).

UBC-O Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (BSc)

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program will provide students with a strong background in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry so that they will be well-placed to develop their interests and move on to graduate school, or work in allied fields such as microbiology, environmental sciences, plant science, food science, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, industrial applications of molecular techniques, and biotechnology. This program is also suitable for students who would like a career in health or medical sciences, molecular diagnostics, and government agencies dealing with medicinal biochemistry.

UBC-O Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BSc)

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program provides theory, practical experience, and skills in laboratory and field work, and communications (both verbal and written). The program is interdisciplinary and draws on draws on biological, earth, and environmental sciences among others. The study of Ecology concerns itself with how organisms interact with each other and their natural world, while Evolutionary Biology focuses on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity. This program prepares students for graduate school and professional programs.

UBC-O Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (BSc)

The Microbiology Program provides graduates with a breadth of knowledge in microbiology as it applies to the environment, health, and industry. Students will develop a wide range of lab, communication, and critical thinking skills. This prepares students for careers in microbiology (e.g., food and beverage industries, health sciences, and environmental sciences), graduate school, and professional programs.

UBC-O Graduate Programs in Biology (MSc and PhD)

The MSc and PhD programs in Biology are centered on conducting research in the biological sciences. Graduates obtaining the M.Sc. will be prepared for positions in government, management, industry, education, consulting or for Ph.D. research. The PhD program in Biology is centered on conducting original research. Graduates obtaining the Ph.D. will be prepared for careers requiring advanced independent research and teaching in academia, government and industry.

Psychology Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (UBC Okanagan)

Information accurate as of: May 6th 2016. Retrieved from the UBC-O Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences website. For further details, please visit: http://psyo.ok.ubc.ca/prospective/undergrad.html

UBC-O Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BSc or BA)

The Bachelor of Science Major in Psychology provides a strong foundation in psychology. Students gain a broad perspective in psychology with courses in such diverse areas as biopsychology, cognitive, developmental, social, and abnormal psychology. In addition, students gain an understanding and appreciation of the empirical method as it is applied across the disciplines.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Psychology provides a strong foundation for advanced training that can lead to a career in Psychology or other professions. Students gain a broad perspective in Psychology with courses in such diverse areas as biopsychology, cognitive, developmental, social, and abnormal psychology. In addition, students gain an understanding and appreciation of the empirical method as it is applied across the disciplines.

Students enrolled in the BA Psychology program and the BSc Psychology program take the same required Psychology courses. The difference lies in the electives associated with the degree requirements of completing a BSc or BA.

UBC-O Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology (BSc)

This Specialization in Forensic Psychology program provides undergraduate psychology students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in forensic psychology during the completion of their degree in Psychology. The program will allow students to learn - through coursework, thesis, and practical experience - about the various roles that psychologists play in the legal system, psychological aspects of crime and criminal investigation, the assessment of risk for violence, and mental health issues/psychological interventions among both victims and offenders.