About UBC and Applied Science

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is one of the world's great public universities. It is among Canada's Best Diversity Employers and British Columbia's Best Employers and encourages a Respectful Environment for individuals to work, live and learn.

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UBC is one of Canada's largest universities and the oldest in British Columbia. Incorporated in 1908, its first students were admitted in 1915. It currently consists of four campuses: the main Vancouver campus in Point Grey, UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C., and smaller campuses at Robson Square and the Great Northern Way in central downtown and east Vancouver, respectively.

In addition to being a centre for academic and research excellence, the University of British Columbia boasts a picturesque physical setting. The spectacular UBC Vancouver campus lies less than 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is located on the tip of the Point Grey peninsula, and is surrounded by 763 hectares of forested parkland providing a green belt between campus and the city , complete with trails for hiking and biking, as well as state-of-the-art recreational facilities. The University's arts and cultural facilities are equally impressive, with events and exhibits being held year-round in the Chan Centre for Performing Arts, the world-famous Museum of Anthropology, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Belkin Art Gallery.

The University undertakes teaching, research and public service over a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, through 12 faculties:

  • Applied Science
  • Arts
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Forestry
  • Graduate Studies
  • Land and Food Systems
  • Law
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Medicine
  • the Sauder School of Business
  • Science

The faculties administer over 100 departments, schools, research institutes and centres. UBC has over 48,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students, and employs more than 5,000 faculty and 10,000 staff. Faculty members attract more than $500 million in research grants and contracts annually.

The Faculty of Applied Science

The Faculty of Applied Science includes all UBC Engineering activities at both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, as well as the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing. The Faculty was one of UBC's three founding faculties, admitting some of the University's first students in engineering in 1915. UBC instituted the first degree program in Nursing in the British Empire in 1919, and Architecture was established within the Faculty of Applied Science in 1946.

The Faculty includes  about 300 faculty members and more than 7,200 students. It is supported by an annual budget of approximately $65 million, and the Faculty attracts over $40 million in annual research funding.

The Faculty of Applied Science holds a prominent place within the UBC community; and, through its five professions, it has played an important role in shaping our society, both in British Columbia and beyond. Many of our faculty members have achieved wide international recognition for their outstanding research and teaching.