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If you are looking for an amazing post-secondary undergraduate or graduate science program, then this is the place for you. From sustainable resource management and biochemistry to engineering and robotics, some of the best science programs in the world are right here in British Columbia.

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British Columbia Institute of Technology

Capilano University - Music Therapy Program

Emily Carr University of Art & Design

Happy "Mooing" at UBC's Dairy Education & Research Centre

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Quest University Canada

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University Research for Youth, Music and Education Program

The University of British Columbia

UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability

University of the Fraser Valley

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Restoring Como Creek

Join Sustainable Resource Management students as they plant trees in the Como Creek watershed and gain hands-on experience with site restoration techniques.

Learn how to transform the world around us by enrolling in one of the British Columbia Institute of Technology's (BCIT) natural and applied science programs. Graduates of these programs - which range from sustainability and chemical sciences to biotechnology and forensics - are often focused on contributing to the betterment of society and the environment.

The possibilities are endless. Whether you are looking to work in a lab, protect our forests, conduct research or problem-solve, the dynamic science-related programs at BCIT are designed to match a wide variety of skills and interests.

Contact Information for BCIT

Main Switchboard (Burnaby Campus) 604-434-5734
Website: http://www.bcit.ca

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Capilano University - Music Therapy Program

Blasting your favourite song on your iPod is a sure way to get you in a good mood! Music can have a lot of positive effects on how a person feels. It’s been proven by science that music can be used as a healing tool to help people improve their mental, physical and emotional functioning.

Music is known to activate certain networks in the human brain. Doctors and therapists are using this knowledge to retrain injured brains, helping people regain the ability to speak and remember past events. In fact, music therapy is becoming increasingly identified by health care professionals as an effective means to improve a person’s motivation, stimulation and communication.

Capilano University offers a Bachelor of Music Therapy for students who want to combine strong musicianship and people skills with a variety of other techniques and abilities. This program provides students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in such areas as music therapy and practice; clinical disorders, assessment, planning, intervention and documentation; improvisation; cultural awareness; counselling skills and group dynamics; and basic research.

Contact Information for Capilano University Bachelor of Music Therapy Program:

Bachelor of Music Therapy Program
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5
Telephone: 604-986-1911
Program Coordinator, Stephen Williams
E-mail: mtherapy@capilanou.ca
Web: http://www2.capilanou.ca/programs/music-therapy.html

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Photo Credit: Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Researchers and graduate students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design are collaborating closely with the sciences to create innovative products, environments, media experiences and artworks. Art and design is inspired by science, informed by the sciences, and actively communicates the wonders of the natural and artificial world. Science courses at Emily Carr expose students to this relationship by dealing directly with a wide range of topics: the study of the human anatomy, as well as the structure of botanical and animal species; the nature of light, colour and perception; the brain's processing of shapes, depth, and faces; and the affective aspects of neurological processing of emotions, aesthetic responses, and creative activity.

Contemporary art and design practices use a number of digital tools to complement the chemistry found in the photographic dark room, the ceramicist's glazing room and the printer's etching room. Emily Carr's computer science courses help students to develop the skills needed to create expressive and innovative designs by using rapid prototyping, laser cutting, ultra high definition printing, motion capture and 3-D imaging, all of which are typical of today's high-tech, media-rich environment.

Designers take courses in ergonomics, research practices and environmental sciences with a special emphasis on sustainability principles. Courses in psychology, social sciences and ethnographic research are also a part of each student's experience. Design programming incorporates current technologies in production and manufacturing, and collaborations with the research sciences in wood technology, materials research, or bioengineering is typical in a design project.

Contact Information for Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Vancouver, B.C.
V6H 3R9
Telephone: 604.844.3800
Toll Free 1.800.832.7788
Website: http://www.ecuad.ca/

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Happy "Mooing" at UBC's Dairy Education & Research Centre

Old MacDonald had a cow… only one? Well, the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre has a lot of cows! As the largest facility of its kind in Canada, the Dairy Centre is well known for excellence in animal reproductive physiology and technology, animal nutrition and welfare, and its state of the art research facilities among other things, attracting students and researchers from across the country and around the world.

Home to about 500 dairy cows, the Dairy Centre is operated as a dairy farm and as a dairy cattle research centre. Nearly half of the herd is milked each day and the sales of both milk and animals cover the costs of the Centre's day-to-day farming operations. The size of the herd also provides enough research animals to meet the research and teaching needs of the Centre’s scientists.

Each year more than 2,000 people visit the Centre. These include school tours, as well as tours and information sessions for worldwide industry and government delegations. The Centre also provides valuable work experience opportunities for Canadian and international students.

Click here for more information about the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Horticulture Faculty

Chair of Production Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University talks about the University's Horticulture program.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education possible for its students, and many of its educators and students are passionate about science. For example, KPU is quickly becoming known for its innovative approach to sustainability, such as a horticulture project intended to support British Columbia's ornamental nursery industry.

This project, which also involves the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), will evaluate the establishment and subsequent growth of plants used on green roofs. It is aimed at helping the nursery business in British Columbia to identify the best ways to grow plants prior to planting them on a green roof. Using rooftops to grow plants not only promotes a sustainable economy but is healthy for the environment.

KPU also has a biological pest control laboratory where researchers study and grow bugs and fungi that can fight the bad insects that attack your garden. Kwantlen's Bug Garden Project, located at the University's School of Horticulture, Langley Campus, combines research and public education by creating research and demonstration gardens that encourage the population of natural enemies of pest insects, while contributing to the control of those pests that love to munch on your flowers and vegetables.

The university has also been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the way it promotes responsible sustainability and environmental leadership.

Contact Information for Kwantlen Polytechnic University:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 - 72nd Ave
Surrey, B.C.
V3W 2M8
Telephone: 604.599.2100
Website: http://www.kwantlen.bc.ca/home.html

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Quest University Canada

At Quest, we started from scratch to build a university centered on you. Your classes are all seminars with fewer than twenty students. You take one class at a time -- a new intellectual adventure each month. You sample many realms of knowledge, and then build your own major. You use our spectacular natural environment as an extension of our classrooms. You question everything.

We did - and created a transformative education for students from around the world.

Our campus in Squamish is set within a West Coast living laboratory of ocean, mountains, rivers, glaciers and forests. Many of our science courses take full advantage of this rich natural environment to take learning outside the classroom. But the intensity -- and freedom -- of block scheduling allows science classes of a type not possible in most universities. For example, one of our Ecology classes takes place in the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern BC coastline. This expedition provides an ideal opportunity to better understand temperate rain forest ecology, general ecosystem interactions and the importance of biodiversity, the preservation of cultural and social values in the First Nations community which hosts our students, and the sustainability of marine and forest resources.

Ecology of the Great Bear Rainforest

In this student-produced video, get an enlightening insight into their experiences studying the Ecology, Culture, and Conservation of the Great Bear Temperate Rainforest.

Our students' individualized, interdisciplinary majors allow them to pursue science projects in greater depth than is common at the undergraduate level, as well as to place their investigations into a social, economic or philosophical context. Seeking to understand public health delivery in developing counties, defining energy storage media for the future, and using mathematics to identify, model, and mitigate environmental disasters are just some of the ways Quest students are working to have an impact on the future through science.

Each summer, high school students have an ideal opportunity to experience everything Quest has to offer through our Summer Scholars program. This year's topic is "How to Build a Habitable Planet". We invite students to live on campus for a week, attend our interactive classes, and explore the outdoors with Quest President Dr. David Helfand, a noted astrophysicist, and Quest Vice President Toran Savjord, a leader in outdoor education.

Contact Information for Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada
3200 University Blvd.
Squamish, B.C. V8B 0N8
Phone: 604-898-8000
Toll Free: 1-888-783-7808
Website: http://www.questu.ca/

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Simon Fraser University

Engineering Science Simon Fraser University

An exciting introduction/overview to the Engineering Science Program at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia Canada.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is named for the Scottish explorer and adventurer, Simon Fraser. Cool architecture abounds at SFU. The ultra modern Burnaby campus was designed by world famous architects Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey, while the Central City building in Surrey, which looks like an upturned boat from the sky, was created by esteemed architect Bing Thom.

In addition to the stunning architecture, SFU is known for its science. Do you love the TV series CSI? SFU was the first Canadian university to establish a forensic laboratory that uses entomology -the study of bugs- to help solve murders. SFU's award-winning electronic engineers designed the V-chip that's in every TV as well as the key chip that enables those seat-back phones in airplanes. And astronomy enthusiasts will be thrilled to know SFU is planning to build an observatory, where star-gazing programs will be open to the community.

Hundreds of SFU scientists are out there changing our world for the better. From the creation of new companies based on state of the art technology, to the discovery of a better treatment for diabetes, potential drugs to fight swine flu or ways to understand how genome science can stop pine beetles from destroying trees, SFU students and graduates are renowned for their scientific know-how.

Contact Information for Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6
Phone: (778) 782-3111
Website: http://www.sfu.ca/

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Simon Fraser University Research for Youth, Music and Education Program

You may be a music lover, but have you ever thought of getting a music education? At Simon Fraser University, researchers in the Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYME) program are studying why youth become interested in music, but don’t pursue music education.

The RYME team investigates the connections between the ways young people engage with music through the media and entertainment industry, and their desire to learn about music and play musical instruments. The team also assists young people in developing research and leadership skills that will enable them to advocate and encourage other youth to participate in music activities.

The Ryme Adult Allies consists of adults and organizations that support and work with youth in meaningful ways. Through its Youth-Adult Community Partnerships, RYME encourages youth and adults to share the results of their own inquiry-based research, explore creative possibilities for youth music engagement, and develop initiatives to promote positive school and community arts/music cultures.

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The University of British Columbia

UBC - Connect Here. Go Anywhere.

Be inspired by stories of UBC students, grads, profs and our communities making headlines around the world.

At nearly 100 years old, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is B.C.'s oldest and largest university. UBC is ranked among the top 40 universities in the world, and is home to researchers in almost every field of research imaginable.

For example, a UBC plant chemist is studying how plants can survive changing environments and how they thrive and produce food for people, while other scientists at the TRIUMF lab at UBC add to our knowledge about nuclear medicine and particle physics. Other scientists at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum are aiming to help people understand biodiversity, with projects ranging from studies of tiny spiders and birds to the largest mammal of all, the blue whales.

Contact Information for the University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia
2329 West Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4
Telephone: 604.822.2211
Website: http://www.ubc.ca/

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UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability

(Left) Professor Bob Sparks, Director, UBC School of Human Kinetics and (right) Dr. Rob VanWynsberghe from the Department of Educational Studies in UBC’s Faculty of Education. Photo credit: Martin Dee

The 2010 Olympic Games inspired a new, one-of-a-kind research centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where researchers are focused on improving understanding of how sport can help advance economic and social development, urban renewal, cultural identity and ecological well-being.

The UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability has been contracted by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to conduct Olympic Games Impact (OGI) research by measuring changes based on 126 national and regional environmental, social and economic scales required for the OGI report between 2001 and 2013.

Professor Bob Sparks, Director, UBC School of Human Kinetics and Dr. Rob VanWynsberghe from the Department of Educational Studies in UBC’s Faculty of Education are the UBC leads on the project along with a research team that includes UBC students.

Click here for more information.

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Abbotsford is committed to nurturing scientists who can help to shape our future. A UFV science degree helps develop critical thinking and analytical skills that enable students to excel in their fields and lead with innovation.

Students experience hands-on science in small classes, and participate in numerous lab and field-intensive courses while also taking advantage of UFV's integrated science co-op program. Plus, the undergraduate honours degree offers valuable early exposure to innovative and cutting-edge research. The emphasis on small class sizes means that undergraduate students work much more closely with their professors and receive more individual attention than they would at a larger university.

UFV also aims to provide science students with the best opportunities for fieldwork and has been exploring opportunities in China, Vietnam, and Ecuador, including a potential field school to the Galapagos. Graduates from the BSc work in a variety of areas and attend graduate and professional schools all over the country. The careers attained by UFV science graduates include medical doctor, instructor, researcher, educator, lab technician, and dentist.

However, UFV isn't just interested in fostering its current group of science students. The university is also proactively encouraging young people to study or pursue research in disciplines like science, computing, and engineering by hosting Science Rocks! summer camps for school-aged children, including one specifically for Aboriginal girls. The camps are part of UFV's long-term plan of reaching out to community groups that are historically under-represented in the science areas and showcasing all of the exciting and fascinating possibilities that science has to offer.

High school students who are interested in Science can apply for the early entrance option, and become part of the UFV community while still in high school. They are then invited to events at UFV, can volunteer, and have access to science advisors. They also have guaranteed admission if they comply with the requirements upon graduation.

Further, for the past year UFV's Faculty of Science has been collaborating with Science World on events such as a science community celebration, and Opening the Doors. Both events were geared towards putting science front and center in the minds of the community. UFV is also collaborating this coming year with Science World and the Chilliwack School District to bring the award winning Super Science Club to an inner city school in Chilliwack.

Contact Information for the University of the Fraser Valley:

University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 7M8
Telephone: 604-504-7441
Toll Free: 1-888-504-7441
Website: http://www.ufv.ca

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