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 Comm & Bus Admin BASD 580B Special Topics in Sustainability and Business

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Faculty of Science BIOL 111 Introduction to Modern Biology 2015S1, 2015W1, 2016S1, 2016W1, 2016W2, Concepts fundamental to biological issues, such as the genetic basis of biological variation, evolution, infectious diseases, causes of cancer, population growth, and human effects on ecosystems. Not open to students who have credit for Biology 12 (including AP, IB).

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Faculty of Science BIOL 121 Genetics, Evolution and Ecology 2015S1, 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016S1, 2016W1, 2016W2, Principles of storage and transmission of genetic variation; origin and evolution of species and their ecological interactions.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 210 Vascular Plants 2015W2, 2016W2, A comparative study of pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms, integrating form, function and ecology.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 230 Fundamentals of Ecology 2015S1, 2015W1, 2015W2, 2016S1, 2016W1, 2016W2, Dynamics of plant and animal populations, structure of ecological communities and functioning of ecosystems. Interpretation of research results and application to environmental issues. Labs meet once a month. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 317 Weed Science 2015W1, 2016W1, Importance, identification, dissemination and biology of weeds; preventative, cultural, biological and chemical methods of control.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 343 Plants and Peoples 2015S2, 2015W1, 2016W1, The interactions of plants and human societies: the role of people in the origin, evolution and dispersal of food, drug and economic plants, and the influences of plants on human societies. Suitable for upper-level Arts students.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 345 Human Ecology 2015W2, 2016W2, Basics of ecology are introduced, focussing on observations of the natural world. Assignments, including a group project, consider connections between research, awareness and practical uses of ecology. Not for credit in the Life Sciences.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 402 Aquatic Ecology 2016W1, Theoretical and applied limnology; ecology of inland water organisms in relation to physical, chemical and biological factors. One weekend field trip required.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 404 Ecological Methodology 2015W2, 2016W1, Design, execution, and analysis of ecological surveys and experiments. Practical field methods for estimating population metrics and describing community structure. Computer techniques for the statistical analysis of ecological data.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 409 Field Course in Ecology A two-week intensive course in field methods used in ecology. Fieldwork for this course is normally in the summer. A fee will be assessed for living and traveling expenses. Pre-registration required.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 413 Zoogeography 2015W2, 2016W2, The role of physical, ecological, and evolutionary processes in determining the geographic distribution of animals including humans, with implications for speciation and conservation. Restricted to students in third and fourth year.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 416 Principles of Conservation Biology 2015W2, 2016W2, Ecological basis of conserving biological diversity and ecosystem services; application of ecological theory to global and local conservation problems in the context of economic, legal, political, and social perspectives. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 420 Ocean Conservation and Sustainability 2015W1, 2016W2, An interdisciplinary conservation course with a solutions-oriented approach to marine issues, drawing from natural sciences, social sciences, business, law, and communication.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 421 Plant-Microbe Interactions 2015W1, 2016W1, Biology and physiology of selected plant-microbe relationships. Impacts of plant-microbe relationships on society.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 427 Ornithology and Herpetology 2015W1, 2016W1, Ecology, evolution, behavior, and conservation of birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Laboratories and field projects will focus on identification, systematics, and natural history, with particular attention to species from British Columbia.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 446 History and Philosophy of Biology 2015W2, 2016W2, The nature of science, this history of evolutionary and molecular biology, philosophical questions about scientific methods and fundamental conclusions of biology.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 450 Molecular Adaptation of Animals to the Environment 2015W2, 2016W2, Physiological, biochemical, and molecular strategies of adaptation of animals to environmental challenges. The evolution of genetic and biochemical systems, and their impact on animal structure and function.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 457 Comparative Environmental Physiology 2015W1, 2016W1, A survey of physiological adaptions of animals to different environments.

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Faculty of Science BIOL 465 Diversity and Evolution of Fishes 2015W1, 2016W1, Introduction to fish diversity, with a focus on their phylogenetic interrelationships and the evolutionary, ecological, and biogeographic processes involved in generating patterns of fish biodiversity.

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