Courses

Explore more than 600 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The courses on this list are identified by the UBC Sustainability Initiative based on course title and description, and by instructors advising us of sustainability-related content. We welcome suggestions for additions. Please contact Jen Crothers (jen dot crothers at ubc dot ca) to update or add new courses.

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Last updated April 1, 2018.

 

AANB 515 Animal Welfare and Animal Ethics

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Animal Biology

Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 315, ANSC 515, or AANB 515.

SSC Course Schedule - AANB 515 Animal Welfare and Animal Ethics

AANB 550 Topics in Animal Welfare

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Animal Biology

SSC Course Schedule - AANB 550 Topics in Animal Welfare

ANTH 100A Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Anthropology

Basic concepts and methods of anthropology; culture and race; comparative study of social systems, religion, symbolism, art, and other institutions. Examples are drawn from a variety of cultures.

SSC Course Schedule - ANTH 100A Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 201A Ethnic Relations

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Anthropology

An introduction to the study of the relations between ethnic groups and of the interplay between ethnicity and other social factors.

SSC Course Schedule - ANTH 201A Ethnic Relations

ANTH 202B Contemporary Social Problems

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Anthropology

Cultural background to contemporary events; problems of nationalism and regional conflicts, economic and social development, gender, religion and social change. Course may stress a different region of the world in different years.

SSC Course Schedule - ANTH 202B Contemporary Social Problems

ANTH 210 Eating Culture

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Anthropology

An anthropological exploration of how the collection, cultivation and consumption of food shapes human society and culture.

SSC Course Schedule - ANTH 210 Eating Culture

ANTH 220 First Nations of British Columbia

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Anthropology

The cultures, languages, and resources of First Nations, with anthropological perspectives on colonization and development.

SSC Course Schedule - ANTH 220 First Nations of British Columbia

ANTH 360 Introduction to Ecological Anthropology

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Anthropology

Analysis of the relations between human societies and the ecological aspects of their environment (including technology, society, and ideology). Previously ANTH 460.

SSC Course Schedule - ANTH 360 Introduction to Ecological Anthropology

ANTH 540A Advanced Seminar: Sacred Geography

APBI 100 Soil and the Global Environment

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Soil as the base of the Earth�s ecosystem pyramid. The interconnection between soil, climate change and human activity, the carbon cycle, water resources, food security, food safety, and biofuel production. Strategies for sustaining soil resources.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 100 Soil and the Global Environment

APBI 200 Introduction to Soil Science

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; soil formation, classification, use and conservation. There are no prerequisites for this course, but background in Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and Physics 12 (or first-year university-level) is strongly advised.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 200 Introduction to Soil Science

APBI 244 Introduction to Biometeorology

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 244 Introduction to Biometeorology

APBI 260 Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals.

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Introduction to the biophysical and socioeconomic factors affecting systems management and production in selected agroecosystems. Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 260 or APBI 265.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 260 Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals.

APBI 265 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Principles and practices necessary to understand practical concerns of sustainable food systems. Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 265 or APBI 260.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 265 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

APBI 290 Introductory Topics in Applied Biology: Insects for Food and Feed

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Analysis and interpretation of current issues in applied biology. Topics will vary from year to year.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 290 Introductory Topics in Applied Biology: Insects for Food and Feed

APBI 312 Reproductive and Digestive Physiology

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Reproductive and digestive physiology, and current technologies applied to these systems in domestic and wild animals.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 312 Reproductive and Digestive Physiology

APBI 314 Animals and Society

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Contemporary use of animals for food production, companionship, recreation and science; social and ethical issues concerning human impacts on animals; animals in human culture; protection of animals by society and the law.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 314 Animals and Society

APBI 315 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Scientific assessment of animal well-being, ethical concepts applied to animal use, and animal welfare issues arising in agriculture, biomedical research and other areas. Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 315, ANSC 515, or AANB 515.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 315 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use

APBI 319 Aquaculture and the Environment

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Interactions between aquaculture and the environment. Current issues, comparison of systems, species, production methods, environments, and socioeconomics.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 319 Aquaculture and the Environment

APBI 342 Soil Biology

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

The diversity of soil organisms (bacteria, protozoa, fungi, animals, plants) in natural and managed ecosystems; roles in primary production, nutrient cycling, decomposition and reclamation; interactions between soil organisms; responses to environmental change.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 342 Soil Biology

APBI 351 Plant Physiology

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Mechanisms and regulation of functional processes contributing to the assimilation, transport and utilization of water, mineral nutrients and carbon by plants.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 351 Plant Physiology

APBI 360 Agroecology II

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Animals and Plants as Components of Agricultural Ecosystems. A systems approach is used to investigate the functions and interactions of plants and animals in agricultural systems. Field trips for assessment of existing agroecosystems.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 360 Agroecology II

APBI 361 Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

A detailed exploration of biophysical, economic, and social ecosystem sustainability indicators for primary production subsystems.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 361 Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability

APBI 401 Soil Processes

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Integration of soil physics, chemistry, and biology in understanding essential soil processes.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 401 Soil Processes

APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Application of fundamental, unifying, soil science principles in sustainable ecosystem management.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management

APBI 412 Belowground Ecosystems

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Concepts, methods, and applications of belowground ecology with emphasis on biotic interactions in soil; roles that aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems and their responses to global change. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 512 or APBI 412.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 412 Belowground Ecosystems

APBI 413 Stress and Coping in Animals

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Understanding, assessing, and managing stress in farm, companion, captive wildlife, and research animals: sources of stress; behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and physiological responses; effects on growth, reproduction, health.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 413 Stress and Coping in Animals

APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Research seminar integrating diverse information to address global animal issues including: animal-source foods and human health, environmental impact of livestock production, trade in exotic animals.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues

APBI 415 Applied Animal Behaviour

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Add to MES

Application of principles and research methods of animal behaviour to practical problems in the care of farm, companion, wild and research animals, and in animal training, and human-wildlife conflict.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 415 Applied Animal Behaviour

APBI 416 Animal Welfare and Conservation Biology

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Evaluation of humane treatment of individual animals living in the wild and managed within conservation biology. Assessment of attitudes and viewpoints of the role of animal welfare in conservation biology.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 416 Animal Welfare and Conservation Biology

APBI 418 Intensive Fish Production

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Management of fin fish throughout the life cycle; broodstock, egg, larvae, and juvenile. Control of environmental factors, including pathogens, for maximum productivity at all life stages.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 418 Intensive Fish Production

APBI 428 Integrated Pest Management

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Development and implementation of multi-disciplinary pest management programs in agricultural crops.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 428 Integrated Pest Management

APBI 444 Agroforestry

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

An introduction to the application of knowledge and principles of agroecology and forest ecology to global agroforestry systems. The course includes a one-weekend field trip that requires a supplemental fee.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 444 Agroforestry

APBI 460 Advanced Agroecology

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

The relationship between biological diversity and sustainability for the management of agroecosystems; emphasise on ecological interactions between natural ecosystems and agroecosystems, including connections between agroecology and conservation biology. A fee will be assessed each student to cover field trip costs.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 460 Advanced Agroecology

APBI 490 Advanced Topics in Applied Biology: Sustainable Fruit Production

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Analysis and interpretation of current issues in applied biology.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 490 Advanced Topics in Applied Biology: Sustainable Fruit Production

APBI 495 Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Applied Biology

Impacts of wildlife on crop productivity in temperate and tropical environments, the resiliency of wildlife populations to conventional control methodology, adoption of innovative methods to reduce crop damage, and the impact of introduced species on native fauna.

SSC Course Schedule - APBI 495 Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments

APBI 497B Directed Studies: Engaging Aboriginal Communities through Community-Based Experiential Learning: Field Course Collaboration in Food Security with Squamish First Nation

APPP 502 Sustainability and Leadership

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science Professional Program Platform

Skills for leading change that influences triple-bottom-line; sustainability, change agency systems thinking; awareness and perspective for engagement and communication; adaptive leadership; change dynamics; cases studies in organizational and social change. Collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

SSC Course Schedule - APPP 502 Sustainability and Leadership

APSC 100 Introduction to Engineering I

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

An introduction to the engineering profession including: roles and responsibilities of the engineer, the engineering disciplines, sustainability, an introduction to the engineering design process, introduction and application of the relevant foundational scientific principles, prototyping, engineering graphics, technical communication, and engineering ethics.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 100 Introduction to Engineering I

APSC 101 Introduction to Engineering II

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

An introduction to the engineering profession including: the engineering design process, sustainability, prototype testing, introduction and application of the relevant foundational scientific principles, team functioning, engineering graphics, and technical communication.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 101 Introduction to Engineering II

APSC 261 Technology and Society I

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

The course deals with the influence of technology on the social, political, economic, and environmental aspects of society. The specific subject matter varies from year to year. Examples of subjects considered include, resources, energy, nuclear power, technology, the effects of technology on the family, education, agriculture, international policy and others.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 261 Technology and Society I

APSC 262 Technology and Society II

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

The course deals with the influence of technology on the social, political, economic and environmental aspects of society. The subject matter varies from year to year and differs from APSC 261. It may be taken as a continuation of APSC 261 or taken independently. Examples of subjects considered include pollution, work place health hazards, social impact of computers, problem solving, green revolution, technology and the third world, engineering ethics and others.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 262 Technology and Society II

APSC 366 The Art of the Possible: An Introduction to Engineering for Non-Engineers

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

An introduction to engineering for the non-specialist. A case-studies approach includes examples from sustainability-related technology, consumer products, structures, and energy conversion.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 366 The Art of the Possible: An Introduction to Engineering for Non-Engineers

APSC 461 Global Engineering Leadership

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

Introduction to concepts, theory, and practice of engineering leadership, including characteristics; individual and cultural differences, service and management contexts; managing change, conflicts, and crises; real-world ethics and core values.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 461 Global Engineering Leadership

APSC 498H Directed Studies: Humanitarian Engineering

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Applied Science

Requires approval of a Department Head or Program Director.

SSC Course Schedule - APSC 498H Directed Studies: Humanitarian Engineering

APSC 598G Topics in Engineering: Sustainable Building Project

ARCH 411 Materials and Methods of Construction

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Architecture

An investigation of building materials and systems considering design objectives, environmental conditions, historical context, regulatory controls, and economic constraints. The major building systems of light wood frame, steel, and concrete and the technical and expressive opportunities inherent in each. Credit will be granted for only one of ARCH 411 or DES 232. Restricted to B.En.D. students.

SSC Course Schedule - ARCH 411 Materials and Methods of Construction

ARCH 511 Architectural Technology I

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Architecture

Architectural technology, including materials and methods, construction types, and building system integration. Strong emphasis on enclosure performance with focus on smaller buildings and light wood framing construction.

SSC Course Schedule - ARCH 511 Architectural Technology I

ARCH 513 Environmental Systems and Controls I

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Architecture

Building form and fabric considerations to assure appropriate thermal, luminous, sonic, and atmospheric conditions within buildings.

SSC Course Schedule - ARCH 513 Environmental Systems and Controls I

ARCH 531 Architectural Technology II

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Architecture

Analysis and design of advanced assemblies. Integration of multiple building systems within a wide range of construction types, and more complex enclosures in a variety of climatic conditions. Emphasis on technical performance, durability and sustainability.

SSC Course Schedule - ARCH 531 Architectural Technology II

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