Global Resource Systems

The Global Resource Systems (GRS) program is a Bachelor of Science degree program which combines both arts and science courses. This program gives each student the flexibility to build their own degree around a region of the world and a resource from within the Land and Food Systems Faculty. GRS graduates are well rounded having challenged themselves academically, having taken a variety of courses offered throughout various faculties and personally, having grown as a result of international and local experiences available within the program.

GRS is a second-year entry program; therefore, students can only apply if they will have completed 24 credits before their preferred start date. Typically, students apply to GRS between December and February so they can begin the GRS program in September. The application deadline is January 15. Most students apply during their first year of university or college, although it is possible to apply during or after second year.

For more information on the Global Resource Systems website, you can visit the GRS Website ext_link. Here you will find detailed information about the program, including where graduates are working as well as current student exchanges and experiences.

Do I have to be a UBC student to apply to the GRS program?

No, you can transfer into the GRS program from local or international colleges or universities.

If I am entering first year university and want to apply for GRS for second year, what program should I be in/ which courses should I take?

Students coming to UBC for first year should apply to either the Agroecology or Food, Nutrition and Health programs in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems or take first year in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science. Students enrolled in the Langara College Environmental Studies Diploma should review the UBC Calendar (link) for information relevant to them. Students should try to complete as many of the first year requirements for GRS in their first year of studies, but first year gaps can be filled after you enter the GRS program.

What High School requirements are needed for UBC/GRS?

  1. You must meet UBC’s General Admission requirements including the English Language Requirement as well as the High School Requirements. Detailed information can be found at https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/vancouver/nb.ezc#gar.
  2. You must meet the Program-Specific Requirements found at https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/vancouver/bcyt.ezc#gar under Applied Biology (APBI) or Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH).

What requirements do I need if I am an international student?

See the youbc website at https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/vancouver/index.jsp and the UBC Calendar (link to calendar). Also check out the International Students Welcome Page: http://www.students.ubc.ca/international/

What are the first year requirements for GRS?

See webpage: http://grs.landfood.ubc.ca/prospective-students/preparing-for-global-resource-systems-first-year-courses/

Do I have to have completed all of the first year requirements for GRS before applying to the program?

It is an advantage to complete as many of these as you can during your first year of university or college. Because GRS students come from different backgrounds, it is common for students to enter the program without having completed all of the required first year courses. This is not a problem as any first year gaps can be filled after you enter the GRS program. For example, if you did first year arts and lack biology and chemistry you can take these courses in your first year of GRS.

Who can apply?

Global Resource Systems (GRS) is a "second year entry" program. In order to apply for the GRS program:

  1. You should have an average grade on all completed university-level courses completed equal to at least 70% (or 2.80 on a 4-point scale). If you are taking university or college courses at the time you apply, UBC Admissions will wait to receive your transcript for these courses and the grades received for them will be included in your average.
  2. You should be enrolled in (or have completed) first year university. "First year" is defined as the equivalent of 24 UBC credits of university-level courses. A full load for first year at UBC is 30 credits. See Preparing for Global Resources Systems: First year Courses on the website for details.

What if I do not meet these requirements?

You can apply to one of the following Faculties and programs at UBC, and later apply to GRS when you meet the two requirements:

How do I apply to GRS?

See http://grs.landfood.ubc.ca/prospective-students/how-to-apply-to-grs/ ext_link

When do I need to decide my region and resource specializations?

You should apply to the GRS program with a focus, having thought out what region and resource you would like to concentrate on during your time in the program and this should be communicated in your Letter of Intent when applying to the program.

What regions of the world can I study?

For the region specialization, students can choose to narrow their focus to one city or region or broaden their focus to encompass a country or continent. Region specializations can be developed through taking relevant courses at UBC or partner universities as well as international or local volunteer placements. Option ideas include: Asia Pacific, AfricaEurope and The Americas.

What resources can I study?

Option ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Environment
  • Food and Resource Economics
  • First Nations
  • Food Security
  • Resource Systems
  • International Trade and Development
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Brewing and Distilling
  • Equine Studies
  • Gender
  • Environment and Development
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Resource-Based Tourism and Viticulture
  • Wine Science

Resource & Region Specialization

International programs in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Africa combine language skills, cultural experience and real-life applications of global sustainability. Through the Global Resource Systems program you can combine a field of study such as international development or sustainable agriculture within a specific region of the world. By studying internationally, students gain a uniquely integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the complex issues faced by local and global communities.

In third and fourth years, students pursue a double major, a resource specialization and a regional specialization.

For the resource specialization, students focus on one discipline, or choose courses from different disciplines that relate to a resource theme. Resource specializations can be developed both at UBC and at our partner universities, depending on the specialization. Option ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Environment
  • First Nations
  • Food Security
  • Global Health and Nutrition
  • Resource Systems
  • International Trade and Development
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Brewing and Distilling
  • Food and Resource Economics
  • Gender
  • Environment and Development
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Resource-Based Tourism and Viticulture
  • Wine Science

For the region specialization, students can choose to narrow their focus to one city or region or broaden their focus to encompass a country or continent. Region specializations can be developed through taking relevant courses at UBC or partner universities as well as international or local volunteer placements. Option ideas include:

  • Americas  Students focus their courses on British Columbia, Canada, United States, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Student exchange opportunities are available in the United States (Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas), Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile.
  • Africa  Students focus their courses on issues related to agriculture and development in this region. Student exchange opportunities are available in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda.
  • Asia Pacific  Students focus their courses on China, India, Japan , Korea or Southeast Asia. Student exchange opportunities are available in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • Europe  Students focus their courses on either western or Eastern Europe. Student exchange opportunities are available inBelgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom .

Within the regional specialization, the program requires:

  1. a relevant language other than English
  2. a relevant international experience met through a period of learning in the region or about the region via academic exchange, field study, or work-based learning (internships)
  3. relevant course work.

Visit the UBC Go Global website for more information on international research and study options available for UBC students.