Courses

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Explore more than 600 courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. 

Sustainability courses either concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its environmental, social and economic dimensions (overlap of the 3 pillars), or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.

Courses that includes sustainability fall within one or more of the three pillars (Environment, Society, and Economic) and incorporate one or more aspects of sustainability as a distinct course component, unit, module, challenge or an activity. 

The listing was created by asking UBC instructors to self-identify their sustainability courses. Contact us to update or add new course information. 

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 314 Animals and Society 2015S1, 2015W2, 2015W1, 2016S1, 2016W1, 2016W2, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 315 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use 2015S2, 2015W2, 2016S2, 2016W2, Scientific assessment of animal well-being, ethical concepts applied to animal use, and animal welfare issues arising in agriculture, biomedical research and other areas.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 318 Applied Plant Breeding Small-scale classical (i.e., non-biotechnological) plant breeding. Hands-on, application-oriented approach to techniques and procedures for managing seed inventories, designing and implementing a simple plant breeding program, and evaluating the impact of selection on breeding populations and desired outcomes.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 322 Horticultural Techniques 2015W2, 2016W2, An introduction to horticultural practice in an experiential learning format. Plant identification, seeding, propagation, pruning, cultivation media, pesticide application and safety are examined in the context of integrated crop management. An additional fee may be required for the pesticide certification examination.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 328 Weed Science 2015W1, 2016W1, Importance, identification, dissemination and biology of weeds; preventive, cultural, biological and chemical methods of control.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 342 Soil Biology 2015W2, 2016W2, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 360 Agroecology II 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 361 Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability A detailed exploration of biophysical, economic, and social ecosystem sustainability indicators for primary production subsystems.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 401 Soil Processes 2015W1, 2016W1, Integration of soil physics, chemistry, and biology in understanding essential soil processes.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management Application of fundamental, unifying, soil science principles in sustainable ecosystem management.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 413 Stress and Coping in Animals 2015W1, 2016W1, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues 2015W1, 2016W1, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 415 Applied Animal Behaviour 2015W2, 2016W2, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 416 Animal Welfare and Conservation Biology 2015W1, 2016W1, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 418 Intensive Fish Production 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016W1, 2016W2, 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 428 Integrated Pest Management 2015S1, 2015S2, 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016S1, 2016S2, 2016W1, 2016W2, Development and implementation of multi-disciplinary pest management programs in agricultural crops.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 444 Agroforestry 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 460 Advanced Agroecology 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.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 465 Capstone in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Integrates classroom and applied learning at the UBC Farm with design project.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems APBI 490 Topics in Applied Biology 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016W1, 2016W2, Analysis and interpretation of current issues in applied biology. Prior to registration, students should consult with Student Services in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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