This curated course collection highlights some UBC Vancouver courses with climate change-related content. Each course may cover multiple themes, but is only featured under one primary theme below. A list of courses by year level follows. Check UBC’s Course Schedule to ensure the course you are interested in is running in your selected session and that you are eligible to take it. 

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No restrictions

All students may take these courses since they have no pre-requisites, co-requisites or restrictions.

Analysis of the relations between human societies and the ecological aspects of their environment.
Soil as a natural resource essential for food production, clean water and as a carbon sink.
Sustainability of coupled ecological and social systems through the study of the past.
Introduction to climate change through the lens of local landscapes and future scenarios.
The complexity of Earth systems via environmental physics, chemistry, and biology.
How climate and other global changes are affecting atmospheric and biological systems.
The impact humans have on the environment, and the ways the environment shapes history.
Causes and effects of air pollution through the lens of technology and engineering design.
A unique exploration of how human activities impact our health and livelihoods.
Roles played by urban forestry and greenspace systems in a rapidly changing world.

Low Restriction

Low restriction courses are restricted to either graduate students or students in a certain year or above as noted in each course description. They have no other pre-requisites, co-requisites or restrictions.

Energy, environment and society: development, demand, policy, impacts, tools and more.
Modelling marine and freshwater ecosystem dynamics and tradeoffs in a changing world.
The Anthropocene as an integrative lens to study human-environment relationships.
Today's interdependent world through three themes: borders, regions, and flows.
Urban environments which strongly contribute to and are impacted by climate change.
Examine the Arctic, emphasizing terrestrial environments and the impacts on and by humans.
Key social and technological challenges and opportunities for ecologically sound urbanization.
Concepts include climate policy instruments, interest group politics, climate justice.
Rigorous analysis and ethical reflection on the politics of global sustainability and justice.
Energy policy and governance; opportunities for and constraints on clean energy transition.
Climate change drivers, impacts, and solutions; science, economics, policy, and ethics.
Power literacy is a skill that can be learned and perfected to make better public policy.
Climate change drivers, impacts, and solutions; science, economics, policy, and ethics.
Key theoretical perspectives and concepts in environmental sociology including climate change.

Climate Justice and Social Science

These courses cover content on the themes related to climate justice and social science such as gender, race, Indigenous Rights, economics, business, history, law, and political science. 

Economic analysis applied to various environmental issues including climate change.
Energy infrastructures in relationship to cultural and social dimensions of climate justice.
An inspiring interdisciplinary survey on the future of environmental sustainability.
Climate science, impacts of climate change on society, and adaptation/mitigation challenges.
What is the relationship between inequality and environmental degradation?
Foundational course introducing, engaging and critiquing Canadian environmental law.
How features of the environment impact our cognition, behavior, and well-being.
Explore the role of human rights in addressing the global environmental crisis.
Examining how equity and justice relate to climate change and the circular economy.
Transdisciplinary, practice-based exploration of climate engagement with diverse audiences.
Population causes of climate change and related disasters, and the population consequences of...
An overview of key sociological topics related to climate change.

Climate science

These courses cover themes related to climate science such as climatology, biodiversity, forestry, atmospheric and ocean sciences.

An introduction to properties and composition of natural waters using Team-Based Learning.
Looking back on the impact of climate change on ecological systems and to the future.
Ecology and systems science of the climate-and-ecological crisis, and how to cultivate solutions.
Global marine ecosystems, their diversity and resilience in a changing world.
Mechanisms and processes of past and future global environmental and climate change.
Collect and analyze time series data of your choice with an emphasis on climate series.
Examine contributions to contemporary patterns of species distributions.
Biogeographic concepts in understanding responses in ecosystems to change.
Quaternary landscape development emphasizing the history of glaciation.
Integrate theory and data to address global impacts on invasive and endangered plants.
Formation of ice masses and their evolution including snowpacks, glaciers, and ice sheets.
Concepts in sustainability around technology and material use; relevance of biological ecology to...
Cutting-edge problems in earth, ocean, atmospheric and planetary sciences.
Identification and quantitative analysis of diverse physical problems in the earth, ocean,...

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

These courses cover themes related to mitigation and adaptation such as energy, policy, sustainable cities, and resiliency.

Meteorology as it applies to case-studies in hydro, wind, and solar energy.
Economic analysis of environmental problems, energy systems, and natural resources.
Topical issues including applications of genomics in climate change adaptation.
What would a sustainable energy system look like, and how will we get there?
Physical, chemical, and biological ocean processes and interaction with climate and food-webs.
Potential impacts on global forest systems; modelling; adaptive management strategies.
Meteorology and climatology at various scales including micro, local, and meso.
Application of historical context to contemporary ecological problems in the Anthropocene.
The impact of urbanization upon atmospheric processes and climates.
Problem-based course introducing key techniques in environmental research.
Water use and management within the mining sector including climate resilience.
The fundamental science behind the global issues of energy use and climate change.
Science, impacts, and parallel crises of the climate emergency; decarbonization challenge and...
Concepts and debates in the interdisciplinary field and practice of climate justice; the role of...
Community-engaged climate action projects; skill building for climate action

List of courses by year