University of British Columbia: Kelowna Campus

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a province-supported university which was established in university of british columbia kelowna1908. With campuses located in Kelowna and Vancouver, it is rated as one of Canada’s top universities and is known worldwide.

The UBC Kelowna campus, which opened in September 2005, is a small university campus which is more known as UBC Okanagan. It is located on the former North Kelowna Campus of Okanagan University College. The Okanagan campus is experiencing a rapid expansion with construction of several new residential, teaching and research buildings now underway. Students who wish to enter UBC Okanagan will be awed with a campus life that will enable them to build cultural and social connections, and to learn, grow and express themselves.

UBC Kelowna, with a land area of 260 acres, currently has a student population of 4,864 but they are aiming to have as much as 7,500 by 2009. For students who would like to stay in campus, a campus housing good for 815 students is open. There are 259 professors and instructors who are spread out into the seven faculties and schools of the university. 

For prospective students who would like to consider studying in UBC, here are the Faculties and Schools of the university.:

1. Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Offering courses in the Arts, the Humanities, and the Social, Natural, and Physical Sciences, the School comprises a far from traditional approach to these seemingly traditional disciplines. All programs are typically four years in length and lead to either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

Here is a wide variety of programs to choose from:

Agro-ecology, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, English and Modern Languages, Environmental Chemistry, Freshwater Science, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Students in these programs will have the opportunity to think critically, to do research and to communicate your findings and ideas – core skills of any career in the information age.

2. Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Here aims to bind together traditional disciplines related to the creation and analysis of art. Students who have interest in Art History, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Visual Arts are the most welcome to enter.


3. Faculty of Education

Leading to a Bachelor of Education degree, the Faculty of Education educates teachers to aim academic excellence and personal growth. Students can either choose the Elementary Teacher Education Program (ETEP) or Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP).

4. Faculty of Applied Science

Also known as the School of Engineering, the Faculty offers a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. The program merges theory, experiments, experience and judgment to create new devices, improve and maintain products and processes predict performance and develop systems. On the first year, the program introduces the students to all engineering disciplines, wherein the student can choose the specialization he would choose in the latter years of the program. Students who would choose to continue with the program on their sophomore year will have to transfer to UBC Vancouver.

5. Faculty of Health and Social Development

This offers courses in Nursing, Social Work (where the student can specialize in either Child Welfare or Aging), Health Studies (which is collaborated with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences) and Human Kinetics (where one can either specialize in either Clinical Exercise Physiology or Community Health Promotion).

6. Faculty of Management


The Bachelor of Management Program gives students a wide array of careers in both the private and public sector. They will be trained to achieve the track they want: from project specialist to consulting and from marketing manager to human resource specialist. Students are trained to address different types of challenges in the most creative and innovative manner possible.

7. College of Graduate Studies

Prospective students who wish to continue further studies may choose to go to UBC’s Gollege of Graduate studies. UBC Okanagan offers Masteral courses in the following programs: Biology, Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work. Courses which offer Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Psychology.


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