Proposals Underway

The development of a new program, particularly those in concept and viability stage is a dynamic process where the end goal is a program that meets the needs of the changing academic environment. As a result of this program details of the below programs have the potential to change.

Professional Master’s Health Technology

The program will provide professional, interdisciplinary training to engineers and kinesiologists in the health technology sector. The proposed program focus relates to applications of human factors for Industry 4.0.

Professional Master’s Data-Centric Engineering

In general, this program will provide further data science education to engineers and/or computer scientists. The program’s focus is currently in development.


Communications and Rhetoric Certificate

Open to all UBC Okanagan undergraduate students, this 15-credit certificate will allow students to focus on a variety of conceptual aspects of communication including interpersonal, intrapersonal, community connections including Indigenous perspectives and multimodal translations. The certificate will conclude with a capstone project.

Communications and Rhetoric Minor

Building upon the certificate, a minor will allow students to strengthen their communication skills by completing 15 more credits in selected courses.

Changes to the Major in French and Spanish

This major is being updated to include other language options which leads to a proposed new name: Major in Languages. The program will still prepare students to achieve a high level of knowledge of French and Spanish. However, students will also achieve a basic user level of knowledge in a third language of their choice.

World Literatures and Intercultural communication Major

Using an innovative pedagogical paradigm shift to a plurilingual/pluricultural model, this major will offer literature courses centred in key intercultural research and hybrid language/literature courses in a wide variety of world languages. The major will include experiential learning opportunities such as community service learning, practicum courses, and a directed research course.

Re-design of the Human Kinetics degree

The School of Health and Exercise Sciences has completed a comprehensive review of the current Bachelor of Human Kinetics. Based on students, community, and faculty members’ feedback, the degree will offer a new concentration on Clinical Exercise Physiology, offer re-designed courses, and change it’s name to a Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science for international recognition.

Master of Management (MM): Dual Degree

This program will allow any student entering any undergraduate program at UBC to earn their undergraduate and MM degrees in an accelerated time-frame. Administered by the Faculty of Management and reflecting different modes of knowing and interdisciplinary, its content focuses on organizational behaviour, social change, community development, global context, and the empowerment of individuals.

Bachelor of Sustainability

The degree will provide students with appropriate breadth and rigour to critically assess and propose solutions to contemporary sustainability challenges, such as climate, environmental degradation, pollution, energy use, policy, human well-being, and social and economic inequality in British Columbia and the world.