Faculty of Science


UBC Science brings together a community of students and scholars internationally recognized for their commitment to discovery and innovation - both in the lab and in the classroom.

Our researchers conduct world-leading work in the life, physical, earth and computational sciences, and the Faculty delivers top-ranked programs across 18 disciplines and four interdisciplinary tracks.

The 2018 program will offer packages consisting of two courses. Each course will have 39 hours of class time, taught by UBC instructors. Classes are interactive and may include group work, class discussion, guest lecturers and field trips. Course credit may be granted by the participating universities.

July 14 - August 14, 2018 Course Packages

Integrated Sciences

Game Theory
Game theory is the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. As such it is applicable to a wide range of behavioral relations, and is now an umbrella term for the science of logical decision making in computers and organisms. Game theory has been widely recognized as an important tool in many fields including computer science, biology, economics, political science and psychology. In this course we will consider representations of games (normal, extensive, and characteristic-function forms), game types (cooperative/non-cooperative, symmetric/asymmetric, zero-sum/non zero-sum, simultaneous/sequential, etc.), history, awards, and game theory in popular culture.
The mathematic definition of symmetry is that an object is invariant to various transformations; including reflection, rotation, or scaling. Mathematical symmetry may be observed with respect to spatial relationships, through geometric transformations and other kinds of functional transformations, with respect to the passage of time, as an aspect of abstract objects, theoretic models, music, and language. Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious proportion and balance. In this course we investigate symmetry and asymmetry in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology, and in the arts, specifically architecture, fine art, and music.
Evolutionary Medicine
Evolutionary or Darwinian medicine is the application of modern evolutionary theory to understanding health and disease and focuses on the question of why evolution has shaped molecular and physiological mechanisms in ways that may leave us susceptible to disease. The evolutionary approach has driven important advances in our understanding of cancer, autoimmune disease, and anatomy. In this course we will use the Darwinian theory of natural selection to explore explanations of cancer, allergies, infectious diseases, mental illness, and other human diseases.
Scale and Measurement in Science and Medicine
Measurement is fundamental to science. In medicine measurement underpins most clinical decisions. In this course we will use the unifying theme of size to study a number of systems. We will see that “size matters” whether we measure a tangible object or an abstract phenomenon, and that the geometry, kinematics, and dynamics of phenomena are largely determined by the relative reliability and validity of the size of the underlying factors and processes. Examples will be taken from the instructor’s research in neurology and psychiatry. In addition, we will explore a set of general scaling laws using conceptual, graphical, and mathematical tools.

For academic inquiry about EOAS Packages, please contact:

Lucy Porritt: lporritt@eos.ubc.ca

Earth and Ocean Sciences 2018 Vancouver Summer Program


For academic inquiry about Integrated Sciences packages, please contact:
Integrated Sciences, 2018 Vancouver Summer Program

Mary Anne Lyons: lyons@science.ubc.ca