Food and the Environment Major


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Food and the Environment brings together agricultural sciences, ecology, and environmental thought to provide the background to issues surrounding the management of land and water to produce food, other agricultural products, and ecological services. Students can tailor their learning experiences to specific interests including resource economics, conservation, integrated agro-ecosystem management, water pollution and self-directed areas of study. Students can gain hands-on experience at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm.

Potential career paths include sustainable agricultural systems management, organic farm management, environmental farm planning, government agricultural extension services, and vegetable crop management.

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The Food and Environment (FENV) Major is intended for students interested in the application of agroecological concepts and principles to the design and management of integrated food production systems. It brings together agricultural sciences, ecology, and environmental thought, to provide the background to issues surrounding the management of land and water to produce food, other agricultural products, and ecological services. This major provides students with the flexibility to tailor their learning experiences to a diversity of emphases including resource economics, conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity as related to agriculture, integrated agro-ecosystem management, or self-directed areas of study.FENV also provides students the option to gain hands-on experience through an intensive practicum. The FENV major will be strongly focused on the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm - an on-campus living laboratory for experiential learning.

Students in the Food and Environment major are expected to develop a statement of academic (and possibly early career goals) and, based on this, other courses may be accepted for restricted electives upon discussion with the Food and Environment advisor.

Food and the Environment Major

  • ANTH 210 Eating Culture
  • APBI 210/BIOL 210 Vascular Plants
  • APBI 222 Introduction to Horticulture
  • APBI 244/GEOB 204 Introduction to Biometeorology
  • APBI 311 Animal Physiology I
  • APBI 312 Animal Physiology II
  • APBI 315 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use
  • APBI 322 Horticultural Techniques
  • APBI 324 Introduction to Seed Plant Taxonomy (Equivalents: BIOL 324)
  • APBI 327 Introduction to Entomology (Equivalent: BIOL 327)
  • APBI 328/BIOL 317 Weed Science
  • APBI 342/FRST 310 Soil Biology
  • APBI 351 Plant Physiology
  • APBI 401 Soil Processes
  • APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management
  • APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues
  • APBI 418 Intensive Fish Production
  • APBI 419 Fish Diseases
  • APBI 426 Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • APBI 428 Integrated Pest Management
  • APBI 442 Grapevine and Berry Crop Biology (3 credits) Pre-reqs: One of APBI 210, BIOL 210 and BIOL 234. (BIOL 260 recommended.)
  • APBI 444/FRST 444 Agroforestry
  • APBI 490 Topics in Applied Biology
  • APBI 495 Principles of Wildlife Management in Forest and Agricultural Environments
  • APBI 497 Directed Studies
  • APBI 498 Undergraduate Essay
  • APBI 499 Undergraduate Thesis
  • BIOL 204 Vertebrate Structure and Function
  • BIOL 230 Fundamentals of Ecology
  • BIOL 260 Fundamentals of Physiology
  • BIOL 310 Introduction to Animal Behaviour
  • BIOL 324 Introduction to Seed Plant Taxonomy (Equivalents: APBI 324)
  • BIOL 326 Experimental Biology of Invertebrates
  • BIOL 404 Ecological Methodology
  • BIOL 416 Principles of Conservation Biology
  • CHEM 111 Structure, Bonding, and Equilibrium in Chemistry
  • CHEM 121 Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
  • CHEM 123 Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 205 Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CONS 200 Foundations of Conservation
  • CONS 210 Visualizing Climate Change
  • CONS 302 Issues in Genomics and the Environment (3 credits)
  • CONS 330 Conservation Science and Sustainability
  • CONS 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Forestry and Conservation
  • CONS 370 Aboriginal Forestry
  • CPSC 110 Computation, Programs, and Programming
  • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 221 Introduction to Strategic Thinking
  • ECON 234 Wealth and Poverty of Nations
  • ECON 255 Understanding Globalization
  • ECON 335 Fertility, Families and Human Migration
  • ECON 355 Introduction to International Trade
  • ECON 371 Economics of the Environment
  • ENVR 200 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVR 300 Introduction to Research in Environmental Science
  • EOSC 110 The Solid Earth: A Dynamic Planet (or GEOG 103: Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes. Credit may be obtained for only one selection)
  • EOSC 111 Laboratory Exploration of Planet Earth
  • EOSC 314 The Ocean Environment
  • EOSC 315 The Ocean Ecosystem
  • EOSC 329 Groundwater Hydrology
  • FNH 200 Exploring Our Food
  • FNH 250 Nutrition Concepts and Controversies
  • FRE 302 Small Business Management in Agri-food Industries
  • FRE 306 Introduction to Global Food Markets
  • FRE 340 International Agricultural Development
  • FRE 374 Land and Resource Economics
  • FRE 385 Quantitative Methods for Business and Resource Management
  • FRE 420 The Economics of International Trade and Environment
  • FRE 460 Economics of Food Consumption
  • FRE 490 Current Issues in Food and Resource Economics
  • FRST 201 Forest Ecology
  • FRST 304 The Science Underlying Forestry Issues
  • FRST 308 Forest Entomology
  • FRST 318 Forest and Conservation Economics
  • FRST 386 Aquatic Ecosystems and Fish in Forested Watersheds
  • FRST 395 Forest Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • FRST 399 Introduction to Research Methods
  • FRST 430 Advanced Biometrics
  • FRST 443 Remote Sensing in Forestry and Agriculture
  • FRST 495 Biological Diversity and Forest Management
  • GEOB 270 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 121 Geography, Environment and Globalization
  • GEOG 122 Geography, Modernity and Globalization
  • GEOG 310 Environment and Sustainability
  • GEOG 352 Urbanization in the Global South
  • MICB 201 Introductory Environmental Microbiology
  • PHYS 100 Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 101 Energy and Waves