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Minor Programs B.Sust.

Unless otherwise specified, Bachelor of Sustainability students may pursue any of the minors listed below, taking into account minor-specific requirements and the general requirement that no more than six upper-level credits from the students’ concentration may be counted toward fulfilling the requirements of a given minor.

Students wishing to pursue a minor should ensure that there are sufficient courses available outside of their concentration, as well as consider the potential impact on degree completion timelines. Students may consult with their Concentration Lead if further guidance is required. 

Faculty of Science

Biology

A Minor in Biology requires 30 credits of Biology coursework of which at least 18 credits must be 300- or 400-level.

Chemistry

A student must successfully complete the core second-year Chemistry courses: CHEM_O 201 or 210 and all of CHEM_O 203, 204, 211, 220. The student must also complete at least 18 credits in 300- or 400-level Chemistry courses.  

This option is not available for Green Chemistry concentration students.

Computer Science

A Minor in Computer Science requires 30 credits of Computer Science coursework of which at least 18 credits must be 300- or 400-level.

Data Science

Students may earn a Minor in Data Science by completing 30 credits1,2 as follows:

  • 3 credits of DATA_O 101
  • 3 credits of STAT_O 230
  • Up to 6 credits from: MATH_O 100, 101, 200, 221; COSC_O 111, 121, 221, 222; ECON_O 102; APSC_O 177; BIOL_O 202; PSYO_O 373; APSC_O 254 
  • 3 credits of DATA_O 301
  • 3 credits of DATA_O 311
  • 12 300- or 400-level credits from the following1:
    • upper-level DATA_O courses;
    • a maximum of 3 credits from2: COSC_O 304, 322, 329, 344, 421;
    • a maximum of 6 credits from: STAT_O 303, 401. 

This option is not available for students in the Environmental Analytics concentration. Any query related to the data science minor should be addressed to the data science minor program coordinator at datascience.advisor@ubc.ca.

1 Students are permitted to double count a limited number of credits between the two fields of study (see Double Counting of Credits in Honours, Majors, and Minors).

2 The 18 upper-level credits must be outside of those required by the student’s concentration.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

A Minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences requires 30 credits of Earth and Environmental Sciences coursework of which at least 18 credits must be 300- or 400-level.

All 300- or 400-level Earth and Environmental Sciences courses are acceptable, with the exception of EESC_O 449. Up to 6 credits of GISC_O courses may be substituted.

Geospatial Information Science

A Minor in Geospatial Information Science requires 30 credits of coursework of which at least 18 credits must be 300- or 400-level, as follows:

  • 9 credits of core courses: GISC_O 380, GISC_O 381, and GISC_O 480;
  • 21 credits of elective courses, with no more than 6 credits at the 100-level from the following list:
  • COSC_O 101, 111, 121, 222, 304, 341, 360, 404, 4481;
    • DATA_O 101, 301;
    • EESC_O 111, 413, 4481;
    • ENGR_O 332;
    • GEOG_O 109, 129, 2712, 272, 427, 4981

Queries related to the GIS Minor should be addressed to the program coordinator.

1 Directed studies courses (3 credits only) can be counted toward the GIS Minor only if pre-approved by the program coordinator based on sufficient GIS  content and learning potential.

2 Any equivalent course dealing with introductory statistical methods can be substituted (e.g. APSC_O 254, BIOL_O 202, PSYO_O 270, STAT_O 230). 

Mathematics

A Minor in Mathematics requires 30 credits of Mathematics coursework including MATH_O 220 and 18 credits of MATH_O courses numbered 300 or above (excluding MATH_O 448). 

Mathematics and Statistics

A Minor in Mathematics and Statistics requires 30 credits of Mathematics and Statistics coursework including MATH_O 220 and 18 credits of MATH_O and STAT_O courses numbered 300 or above (excluding MATH_O 448 and STAT_O 448). At least 6 credits must be MATH_O courses and at least 6 credits must be STAT_O courses. 

Physics 

A Minor in Physics requires 30 credits of Physics coursework including at least 18 credits selected from PHYS_O 301, 304, 305, 310, 314, 320, 321, 324, 328, 331, 360, 400, 401, 402, 403, 407, 408, 418, 420, 425, 431, 441, 474. 

Statistics

A Minor in Statistics requires 30 credits of Statistics and Data courses including STAT_O 203, 205, and at least 18 credits of courses selected from STAT_O or DATA_O courses numbered 300 or above. At least 9 credits must be from STAT_O courses.  

This option is not available for Environmental Analytics concentration students. 

Faculty of Arts

Minor in Arts

B.Sust. students may earn a minor in the following Arts disciplines: Anthropology, Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, French, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish, Sociology, and Theatre. To complete an Arts minor, students must complete at least 30 credits in an Arts discipline. At least 12 of these 30 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Minor in Fine Arts

A Minor in Fine Arts requires 30 credits of coursework of which at least 12 credits must be 300 or 400 level. Details and options can be found on the Minor in Visual Arts page.

Note: due to the number of credits required, adding this program may extend the degree program beyond four years.  

Faculty of Management

Minor in Management

Students may earn a Minor in Management by completing 30 credits as follows:

  • 6 credits of core courses: MGMT_O 100, MGMT_O 110
  • 6 credits from: MGMT_O 201, MGMT_O 202, MGMT_O 220, MGMT_O 230, MGMT_O 250, MGMT_O 290
  • 18 credits of MGMT_O courses at the 300- and 400-level1

Students may encounter difficulty fitting the courses for the Minor into their timetable; careful planning is essential, and completion of the Minor program may necessitate an additional term beyond that required to complete the B.Sust. degree alone.

1 Some upper-level MGMT_O courses may have prerequisites beyond the required lower-level courses for the minor. Non-MGMT_O prerequisite courses do not count towards the required upper-level credits. 


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