Interdisciplinary studies

If you're looking to broaden your studies, an interdisciplinary program might be right for you. These programs address themes that extend beyond the perpective of a single academic area, covering a wider variety of courses with the support of multiple UVic faculties.

Most interdisciplinary programs are available as minors that can be added onto your primary degree studies, while some are also offered as majors and/or diplomas.

Visit the interdisciplinary website to learn more, or to speak with an adviser about designing your own interdisciplinary program.

Programs

ProgramProgram typeAcademic interestsDescriptionSpecializationsFaculty or division
Applied EthicsMinorBusiness, Economics and LawPeople and Society

This interdisciplinary program promotes critical thinking about difficult topics in contemporary society. You'll gain the practical and theoretical resources necessary to deal with the wide range of ethical challenges that you're likely to encounter in your personal and professional life. With courses from various departments to choose from, you can focus on areas that complement your major program of study.

Faculty of Humanities
Arts of CanadaMinorFine Arts and Digital MediaLanguages and Global Cultures

With a combination of courses across different disciplines, you will get a broad understanding of the diversity of the arts of Canada and its peoples.

Faculty of Fine Arts
Biochemistry and ChemistryBachelor degreePhysical SciencesHealth and Life Sciences

Study chemical phenomena and biochemical processes in tandem to discover what makes the living world tick at the molecular level. You will learn about and experience exciting chemistry and biochemistry fundamentals through to leading-edge scientific discoveries. Interested in research? If so, there are many opportunities to pursue real research with professors from second year onward.

Faculty of Science
Biology and Earth and Ocean ScienceBachelor degreePhysical Sciences

Discover the complex interactions among geological, oceanic and atmospheric processes. Understand the influence of these processes on land- and sea-based organisms and ecosystems. Build upon biological, chemical and physical knowledge to gain a comprehensive understanding of our Earth and the life it sustains. Be challenged by field schools and marine laboratories.

Faculty of Science
Biology and PsychologyBachelor degreeHealth and Life Sciences

Investigate the interconnections between psychology and neurobiology. Study the human mind and the brains of humans and other animals in courses on neuronal function, neuroanatomy and behaviour. Explore the biological basis of behaviour at the molecular to neural-system levels. Develop practical skills through hands-on laboratory work and research projects. 

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Social Sciences
Chemistry and Earth and Ocean SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesExplore the fields of geochemistry and chemical oceanography. Learn how chemistry plays a vital role in all Earth systems. Investigate the nature of chemical elements in rocks, minerals, soils and water, learning about their distribution and movement and the role human activities play in these. Hands-on learning happens in lab exercises, field trips/schools and research experiences.Faculty of Science
Chemistry and MathematicsBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyThis program will use the tools of advanced mathematics to enhance your understanding of chemistry. You will explore all areas of chemistry while developing strong core skills in mathematics and statistics. For example, you will investigate quantum chemistry and calculus to learn about atomic and molecular behaviours.Faculty of Science
Chemistry for the Medical SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesHealth and Life Sciences

Do you have a strong interest in chemistry but plan to enter a professional program in the health sciences? If so, this program is for you. You will gain a solid grounding in chemistry balanced with courses from other disciplines. This is a good preparation for health-oriented professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and others.

Faculty of Science
Coastal StudiesMinorEnvironment and Sustainability

This minor provides you with the skills to anticipate, mitigate and manage societal and environmental change in coastal areas. Graduates will be able to influence policy, connect local needs to international circumstances, watersheds to coastal oceans, living resources to environments, human well-being to environmental quality, and economic prosperity to environmental sustainability.

  • Biophysical geography
  • Environmental geography
  • Geomatics
  • Human geography
Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Science
Computer Science and MathematicsBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

Develop fundamental skills in mathematics and computer science then be able to specialize in one of the topics where the two disciplines overlap. Use mathematics as a tool in computing and computing as a tool in mathematical problem-solving. Discover bridges between theory and practice and learn skills to be successful in both industry and academia.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Engineering
Computer Science and StatisticsBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and Technology

This is an interdisciplinary program in data science. It combines the analytical tools of statistics with data management and coding skills from computer science. You will learn the skills necessary to analyze, design, code, problem-solve and think critically with data. You will take big data and extract meaningful information to understand current behaviours and predict future trends.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Engineering
EconomicsBachelor degreeMinorBusiness, Economics and LawEngineering, Math and Technology

Economics is a way of thinking, analyzing society’s choices given limited resources, using quantitative and analytic tools. These tools are used to address a wide range of issues, e.g., markets, health, environment, finance, and public policy. We offer major and honours BA or BSc programs, with the possibility of a business or finance option, and a double major in Financial Mathematics and Economics.

  • Business economics
  • Financial economics
Faculty of Social Sciences
European StudiesMinorLanguages and Global Cultures

This program immerses you in European politics and challenges you to compare the Canadian and European systems, giving you a thorough understanding of Europe's complex history, culture, economics and fast-changing politics. Our interdisciplinary approach helps you develop an awareness of Europe through different fields of expertise, scholarly approaches and methodologies.

Faculty of Fine ArtsFaculty of Human and Social DevelopmentFaculty of HumanitiesFaculty of Social Sciences
Financial Mathematics and Economics Bachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyPeople and Society

This program provides students with a strong foundation in the mathematical, quantitative and analytic skills that underlie advanced financial analysis. You will learn core economic principles and theories; and advanced mathematical and statistical skills. You will create mathematical models to predict economic behaviour.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Social Sciences
Geographic Information TechnologyMinorEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

The goal of the program is to provide students from disciplines outside the Department of Geography with knowledge on the theories and skills in spatial sciences. Geographic information technology skills include geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis, cartography, global positioning systems and surveying. This program will prepare you to use spatial technologies to answer applied research questions associated with people, the Earth and resource management.

  • Remote sensing
  • Spatial analysis
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Surveying
Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Science
Global Development StudiesMinorBusiness, Economics and LawLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

This program focuses on the Global South (Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America). You will develop an understanding of the history, theories and practices of global development and the skills needed for development work. It focuses on four themes: human rights, democracy and gender; environmental sustainability and public health; transnationalism, migration and mobility; and literature, culture and society.

Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Humanities
Human Dimensions of Climate ChangeMinorCertificateEnvironment and Sustainability

Focus on climate change from the perspectives of all the major disciplines that emphasize the human elements of climate change. These include psychology, economics, geography, anthropology, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, business, environmental studies and others. Solutions to the many problems of climate will require an understanding of the human aspects of the problem. In this program, you will directly confront these human aspects.

Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Get a multi-perspective understanding of this important cultural area and a command of the Spanish language. You'll be encouraged to develop expertise in disciplines such as education, business, anthropology, history, geography and political science.

Faculty of HumanitiesFaculty of Social SciencesFaculty of EducationFaculty of Fine Arts
Latin American Literary and Cultural StudiesBachelor degreeMinor

From Carnival and capoeira to the masterworks of Gabriel García Márquez and Frida Kahlo, this program offers an in-depth understanding of the cultures of Latin America, with a focus on Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. You will develop a command of Spanish or Portuguese that can open doors to careers in foreign service, tourism and education.

Faculty of Humanities
Microbiology and ChemistryBachelor degreePhysical SciencesHealth and Life Sciences

Study chemical phenomena and microbiological processes in tandem to discover what makes the living world tick at the molecular level. You’ll learn about and experience exciting chemistry and microbiology fundamentals and leading-edge scientific discoveries. If you’re interested in research, there are many opportunities to pursue real research with professors from second year onwards.

Faculty of Science
MusicBachelor degreeMinorFine Arts and Digital Media

Whether you're interested in performing, studying or recording music, you’ll find yourself immersed in music here—from orchestral performance to strings, jazz, vocals and more. Our expert faculty, artists-in-residence, dynamic programs, dedicated building and smaller, supportive classes give you the chance to collaborate with fellow musicians and grow as an artist and performer.

  • Composition and theory
  • History and literature
  • Music education secondary (choral)
  • Music education secondary (instrumental)
  • Musical arts
  • Performance
Faculty of Fine Arts
Physical Geography and Earth and Ocean SciencesBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEnvironment and Sustainability

Are you interested in the forces that shape the Earth’s surface, natural resources and ground water, human impacts on Earth environments, and remote sensing and digital mapping? Learn how the Earth’s natural systems work. Tailor your program to reflect your interests—natural hazards, resource management, soil conservation, environmental protection, and waste management.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Social Sciences
PhysicsBachelor degreeMinorPhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Physics allows us to understand the world from subatomic to cosmological scales. In this program, you’ll engage in research while working with internationally-recognized faculty. Discover the science that allows us to explain and predict the world around us while developing a valuable range of critical problem-solving skills.

Faculty of Science
Physics and AstronomyBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Understand the world from subatomic to cosmological scales. Engage in research while working with internationally recognized faculty. You’ll discover the science that allows us to explore other worlds while developing a valuable range of critical problem-solving skills.

Faculty of Science
Physics and BiochemistryBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life Sciences

Physics allows us to understand the world, from subatomic to cosmological scales, while biochemistry describes the fundamental molecular basis for life. You’ll engage in research while working with internationally recognized faculty and discover the biophysics and biochemistry that underlie molecular biology and biotechnology.

Faculty of Science
Physics and Computer ScienceBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the physical world and computational systems and software. You’ll engage with fundamental science and develop computational and critical problem-solving skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers.

Faculty of ScienceFaculty of Engineering
Physics and Earth Sciences (Geophysics)Bachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

Use physics to investigate the internal structure and processes of the Earth (and other planets). Learn about seismology, gravity, electromagnetism, heat-flow and other geophysical methods and what they tell us about Earth’s evolution, plate tectonics, natural hazards, and exploration for natural resources. Experiential learning is through field exercises and research opportunities. 

Faculty of Science
Physics and MathematicsBachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and Technology

Physics allows us to understand the world, from subatomic to cosmological scales, while mathematics is fundamental to our quantitative understanding in all of areas of study. Engage in research while working with internationally recognized faculty and discover the science that allows us to see the hidden symmetries in nature.

Faculty of Science
Physics and Ocean Sciences (Ocean-Atmosphere Dynamics)Bachelor degreePhysical SciencesEngineering, Math and TechnologyEnvironment and Sustainability

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and motion. Obtain a fundamental foundation in physics while investigating physical processes in the atmosphere, ocean and climate and the changes brought about by humans.

Faculty of Science
Political ScienceBachelor degreeMinorLanguages and Global CulturesPeople and Society

Explore the impact of political decisions and the effects they have on us as individuals and as a society. You will focus on critical issues including Indigenous politics, minority rights and identity, migration and refugee movements, privacy and surveillance, democracy, human security, and international law.

  • European Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Psychology and Computer ScienceBachelor degreeEngineering, Math and TechnologyHealth and Life SciencesPeople and Society

Psychology and computer science enjoy a growing interdisciplinary relationship. Psychological concepts are important in designing effective user interfaces for software/hardware, for understanding and working with artificial intelligence, in methods of biological perception, and in determining neural modes of computation.

Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Engineering
Social Justice StudiesMinorDiplomaPeople and Society

This interdisciplinary program provides you with a thorough understanding of the range of ways in which scholars, researchers and activists engage with social injustices and initiatives promoting social justice in the contemporary world. This program is available as a minor and a diploma.

Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of HumanitiesFaculty of Human and Social Development
Technology and SocietyMinorEngineering, Math and TechnologyFine Arts and Digital MediaPeople and Society

Get involved with the political, social and theoretical thinking on the role and consequences of technological culture. This program offers a multi-faceted, customizable experience that allows you to apply critical skills to your other areas of study.

Faculty of Social SciencesFaculty of Humanities