Frequently Asked Questions

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 31. Most students apply during their first year of university or college, although it is possible to apply during or after second year.

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

Students coming to UBC for first year should apply to either the Applied Biology or Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH) 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.

First, 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 here. Second, you must meet the Program-Specific Requirements found here under Agroecology or Food, Nutrition and Health.

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/

It is advantageous to complete as many requirements 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.

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.

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

  • Faculty of Land & Food Systems
    • B.Sc. (Applied Biology)
    • B.Sc. (FNH)
  • Faculty of Arts
    • BA (Various programs)
  • Faculty of Science
    • B.Sc.

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.

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.

Options include: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and The Americas.

Options 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