*Please note, the Food and Environment Major will no longer be accepting new students. If you are a current LFS student and started the major prior to the 2018 Winter Session, you may complete your degree using the requirements listed below. If you would like to switch to the new Sustainable Agriculture and Environment major, you should first consult with LFS Student Services.*
Food is a central part of life. It nourishes us, connects us to the land, and draws us together. When you study Food and Environment at UBC, you’ll learn how to produce healthy food and develop thriving, engaged communities while still managing the environment responsibly. Practical hands-on experience at UBC Farm and in the field, as well as collaboration and interaction with faculty and community professionals, gets you ready to contribute your expertise and vision through an ever-evolving and rewarding career.
In the Food and Environment (FENV) major, you’ll have the flexibility to target your learning experiences in the direction(s) you most desire: integrated agro-ecosystem management; conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity as it relates to agriculture; resource economics; or an area of study you choose for yourself. FENV is strongly connected to the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, putting you in touch with our living lab on campus for maximum experiential learning. You’ll also have opportunities to expand your learning through hands-on experiences during an intensive practicum — all of which contribute to your career readiness after graduation.
UBC’s Food and Environment program is where you’ll learn how all systems of living things interconnect, and how it all ties into land and food systems. You’ll learn how to apply this knowledge in driving behaviour change in other humans to foster more sustainable and environmentally responsible actions — particularly where it relates to food production. From running a rooftop garden to diversifying habitat in order to promote bee populations, FENV keeps its eye on how we can continue to feed a growing population while maintaining environmental health. This program brings together ecology, agricultural sciences and environmental thought as the backdrop to issues around how we use our land and water to produce food, as well as other agricultural products and ecological services.
In completing your Food and Environment degree, you will take a combination of degree requirements (required of all students) and restricted electives (courses selected from a curated list of approved electives). You’ll fine-tune your degree with some unrestricted electives (courses you get to pick yourself).
Food and Environment students need a strong foundation in the sciences, so you’ll take first-year chemistry and biology before moving on to courses that are more specific to your area of study. A snapshot of the learning you can look forward to in this program includes:
CONS 210: Visualizing Climate Change
APBI 361: Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability
APBI 419: Fish Diseases
APBI 414: Animals and Global Issues
APBI 428: Integrated Pest Management
To see the complete list of required courses for this program, please consult the UBC Academic Calendar. Current students, please use the ‘Degree Navigator’ tool in your Student Service Centre (SSC) to track your progress.
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 290 sec 001 Insects as Food and Feed
APBI 311 Animal Physiology I
APBI 312 Animal Physiology II
APBI 315 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use
APBI 318 Applied Plant Breeding
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 412 Belowground Ecosystems (3 credits)
APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues
APBI 417 Vegetable Production and Post-Harvest Physiology
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)
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 200 Cell Biology
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
You may choose to supplement your Food and Environment major with a minor program, which involves taking courses in a subject area outside of your specialization. As an APBI student, you’re eligible to apply for a Minor in Arts, a Minor in Commerce, a Minor in Fermentations or a Minor in Science. Learn more about minors, including application timelines, here.
Dual Degree with Master of Management
If you are interested in complementing your LFS degree with a strong foundation in management, consider applying for the Bachelor of Science (Applied Biology) – Master of Management Dual Degree. Please note: admission to this program is primarily available to students coming directly out of high school. Depending on enrolment, the UBC Sauder School of Business may release a limited number of spaces on a competitive basis to students who are going into their third year at UBC (or those who are transferring to UBC for their third year). For more details about this dual-degree program option and for information about how to apply, please see the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration section of the UBC Academic Calendar.
As noted above, the Food and Environment major has been renamed the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Major and will no longer be accepting new students under this name. However, if you are a current APBI student and started with LFS prior to the 2018 Winter Session, you will be prompted to select your specialization through your Student Service Centre (SSC) when registering for second year and may still select this major. This major is not competitive.
If you are a high school, college or university student and you want to major in Food and Environment at UBC, please review the exciting Sustainable Agriculture and Environment major for information and application instructions.
Where Can a Food and Environment Major Take You?
Graduates of the Food and Environment program at UBC have gone on to careers in:
sustainable agricultural systems management;
organic farm management;
environmental farm planning;
government agricultural extension services; and
vegetable crop management.
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If you are a prospective or current student with questions about planning for or choosing this major, or if you have questions about how your transfer credits apply, get in touch! One of our academic advisors in LFS Student Services will be glad to help you.
If you are already in the Food Science major and have specific questions about restricted electives and Directed Studies, please contact your program advisor, Chris McGill.
My intention is not to say don't plant, don't do community gardens, but I don't think it is necessarily in the best interest of Vancouver to push something without informing people of all the considerations they need to make.