If you want your education to have big impact, start here. The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC is where you’ll uncover your interests and get connected with the global issues that matter most to you. In LFS, you’ll work with faculty, professional practitioners, community leaders and peers to drive change in the areas of food security and safety, human nutrition, and the way we lean on our land. You’ll build a science foundation that’s worthy of pre-med, expand your specialized skills in the systems you choose to study, and round it all out with deep development of your job-ready competencies.
Among the World’s Best Agricultural Sciences Programs
The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC is one of the world’s top-ranking programs in sustainable agriculture, food
systems and human health as it relates to food and food production. We rank highest in Canada and #15 among the world’s top agricultural sciences programs. There is no other faculty like ours, anywhere.
From experts in soil science to practiced analysts of global food markets, our team of award-winning and internationally
recognized faculty members and research chairs bring some of the world’s best thinking to bear on our current problems.
You can study right alongside them. We are shaping the leaders of the future: the people who understand the complex
interplay between our land, our resources, our environment and our needs.
Grounded in science. Global in scope. It’s how we explain a Land and Food Systems degree. Our programs offer a Bachelor of Science, while using a uniquely integrated approach that unites scientific and interdisciplinary studies. You’ll begin your studies by building a strong foundation in science, and progress through courses that train your focus more specifically on the bigger issues within your chosen major, be they in food production and global markets, human nutrition, animal and soil sciences, or the complex interplay between resources and world regions. LFS will also allow you to do your pre-med or pre-vet studies; you’ll be taking the same courses, but in an interdisciplinary, collaborative way that’s more reflective of the real world. It’s science with social impact.
Explore Your Path in LFS
Land and Food Systems at UBC is a small, tight-knit faculty. Our small size and intimate groupings — like our Land One cohort — mean you’ll get to know your instructors as people and professionals, create meaningful connections with other students on similar paths and meet people outside the faculty who can help you on your journey.
Curious to know what your first year looks like in LFS?
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There is no longer a single path to a given career. At LFS, networking opportunities, small class sizes with hands-on learning integrated in to the curriculum, a dedicated Career Strategist and encouragement to study things you’re deeply passionate about all ensure you can develop and practice your skills in ways that broaden your understanding of the world — all of these set our programs apart. Through your degree program, you’ll establish connections with people in your own and other fields, which will strengthen your personal and professional networks. Working with other people to address problems sharpens your competencies in curiosity, innovation and collaboration — all very valuable tools in a fast-changing world, not matter what career path you follow.
Both in and out of the classroom, we’re connecting you with experiences that will set you up for career success. For example:
When you do a study exchange, you’re not just learning content in a different location, you’re building adaptability, communication and cultural competency skills that transfer to the working world
As you participate in a field study, you’re applying knowledge in a hands-on way that adds to your work experience, value to employers, and future career.
When you’re working with a community group to solve a problem, you’re developing the collaboration and communication skills that organizations so desperately need.
Completing a co-op term situates you in the professional arena, builds your on-the-ground skills and connects you with people who can move your career along.
Our grads go on to do incredible things. From founding non-profits, to starting businesses, to pursuing medicine, to figuring out how to help our forests weather climate change, LFS alumni are pushing good change in the world. Explore our
graduate programs; at the bottom of each page you’ll find a list of where our people have found their purpose
Jordan Maynard started Gibsons Farm in 2020 with his partner Robin Friesen. It’s a 40-minute ferry ride north of Vancouver, and a unique place that combines sustainable agricultural practices, promotion of local food products, and children’s programs offering outdoor experiences related to agriculture, managing land, and making food.
Ready to jump in? We’re so excited that you want to apply to an LFS program at UBC! There’s adventure ahead.
Whether you’re applying to an LFS program from high school, post-secondary or within UBC, you will be applying through
UBC Undergraduate Admissions. Look here for the
undergraduate admission requirements.
If you identify as an Indigenous student, familiarize yourself with UBC’s
Aboriginal Admission Policy . The Faculty of Land and Food Systems takes special care to review
applications from Indigenous applicants. If you are curious about the academic opportunities for Indigenous students
in LFS, you can learn more
here. Joel Liman, the Faculty’s academic advisor for Indigenous students, is available to answer any questions
you may have before you apply, or once you’re here.
Whether you’ve got questions about your program, your experience or your next steps, LFS Student Services is here to
help. Get in touch.