Bachelor of Sustainability (BSust)

The Bachelor of Sustainability (BSust) is interdisciplinary to the core because no one academic discipline can address issues like climate change and biodiversity loss in their entirety. At the same time, it asks students to learn within select concentrations that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to take action and solve problems at local to global scales.

By connecting university learning with hands-on and community-based learning, the program equips undergraduate students with the breadth and rigour to find solutions to contemporary sustainability issues such as climate change, land and water use, energy transition, and social and economic inequality.

Students graduating with a sustainability background from UBC will have a firm grounding in, and be able to demonstrate, the following four key attributes: Sustainability Knowledge, Awareness and Integration, Acting for Positive Change, and Holistic Systems.


Students take a set of core integrative courses specific to sustainability along with a set of advanced courses.

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Why study Sustainability at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Now more than ever, socially conscious citizens with a diverse set of knowledge and abilities are in high demand. As one of the few sustainability degrees in Canada, UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Sustainability shapes students’ abilities and experiences through community learning and interdisciplinary course content. Your learning experience will equip you with key skills to help solve contemporary sustainability issues and contribute to positive change.

Career opportunities

Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. The skills and knowledge gained during your studies will ensure that upon graduation you will have the expertise vital to navigate a complex future.

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Our close-knit campus allows you to work together with faculty to conduct or assist with research projects. You will learn from award-winning faculty and benefit from being part of world-class research taking place on campus.

Experiential Learning

You will participate in experiential learning activities that are unique to UBCO’s campus, a location that provides ready-made access to urban, agricultural, and natural environments that can be used as living labs.

Co-op experience

Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network, and earn money to pay for tuition.

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Review admission requirements for the Bachelor of Sustainability program by visiting the Okanagan Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies.