Program Overview


Global Resource Systems (B.Sc.)

Using a systems-thinking approach, students are able to take a variety of courses in multiple disciplines and relate them to a common resource and region to gain a broader understanding of their issue of interest.

The Global Resource Systems program, GRS, is a Bachelor of Science degree program that combines the disciplines of arts and sciences. In this program, students have the flexibility to build their own degree path around a region of the world, and a resource from within the Land and Food Systems Faculty. With approval from a program advisor, students can supplement their degree with courses from the majority of faculties at UBC. GRS graduates are well-rounded learners, challenged academically through taking a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary courses, and personally as a result of the international and local experiences available within the program. GRS is designed to prepare students to participate on the international stage, developing holistic worldviews to work on complex resource issues. GRS is a second-year entry program. Therefore, students can only apply if they will have completed 24 credits before their preferred start date. Most students apply during their first year of university or college, although it is possible to apply during or after second year.

Resource & Region Specializations

 

For the regional specialization, students can choose to focus their degree on a smaller scale such as a city or expand their focus to larger-scale regions such as a country or continent. Regional specializations are further developed through relevant courses at UBC or partner universities, as well as international or local volunteer placements.

Options include, but are not limited to: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States, the Middle East and North Africa. View list of Region-Specific Courses >>

For the resource specialization, students can choose to narrow their focus to one specific topic or broaden their focus to encompass a combination of resources. Resource specialization can be developed by taking relevant courses at UBC or partner universities, as well as international or local volunteer placements.

Options include, but are not limited to: Global Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Development, Food Resource Economics, Planning, Environment, Climate Change, First Nations and Indigenous studies. View list of Resource Courses >>

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