Teaching and research facts and stats

The delivery of academic programs and the creation of a positive learning environment matter at UNBC. “How we teach” and “what we teach” have a direct effect on students. The student experience is enhanced by opportunities for hands-on learning, international perspectives, a focus on student outcomes, instruction enriched by innovative research, the use of appropriate technology, and approaches to learning that are informed by multiple perspectives.

Classes at UNBC include practical sessions in advanced laboratories, field schools throughout northern BC, week-long intensive courses for students who may otherwise work full-time, web courses for ultimate flexibility, seminars in small groups, and lectures in state-of-the-art theatres.

Courses (2018/19)

Total academic courses offered – 122

Courses in Prince George –  806

Regional courses – 215

Online courses – 101

Total Continuing Studies courses offered – 71

Students at UNBC learning through video-conferencing technologyLearning through technology

Building on the success of the Northern Medical Program, UNBC is exploring ways to further expand its technology-enabled learning capabilities. The NMP uses state-of-the-art equipment that allows medical students in Prince George to participate in lectures with students at UBC or the University of Victoria.

At the forefront of research

For its size, UNBC is among the most research-intensive universities in Canada and many faculty are international leaders in their fields. Much of UNBC’s research focuses on the social, economic, environmental, and cultural issues of the North. This has led to the establishment of world-class research in such areas as Natural Resources and the Environment; Rural, Remote, and Northern Health; and the Sustainability of Communities.

Research partnerships with the private sector and public agencies have strengthened UNBC’s role as a resource for communities. This includes research on the mountain pine beetle, local governance, indigenous languages, economic development, determinants of health, and climate change.

Leader in research

UNBC has been successful in attracting government and private sector funding to establish a total of 15 research chairs. The roster includes six Canada Research Chairs who focus on topics related to the environment, rural communities, First Nations and climate change. UNBC also has research leaders working in BC's most spectacular environments, and industry-supported chairs conducting research that span disciplines related to mixed wood ecology, climate change and forest growth and yield.