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Overview of Courses

The Program Details webpage outlines the academic requirements and curriculum of the Bridge Program.

The following table lists the required courses for Bridge Program masters and doctoral students. Post-doctoral fellows, practitioners,and visiting scholars are expected to attend and all Bridge faculty mentors are invited to attend the Thesis and Journal Seminar and Research Grant Development courses. Greater detail about each course is found in the course-specific webpages.

Courses Credits Grading Date/Time Duration

Masters Students





BRDG 500 - Thesis and Journal Seminar



Wed 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

1 hr/week
2 academic terms

BRDG 501 - Research Grant Development



Wed 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

1.5 hr/week
2 academic terms

BRDG 590 - Internship




3 to 4 months

Doctoral Students





BRDG 600 - Thesis and Journal Seminar



Wed 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

1 hr/week
4 academic terms

BRDG 601 - Research Grant Development



Wed 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

1.5 hr/week
4 academic terms

BRDG 690 - Internship 0 Pass/Fail   4 to 8 months


There are no required electives for the Bridge Program. Students may be required by their degree-granting home department to take electives. The Bridge courses (BRDG 500/600 and 501/601) may provide some of these elective credits.

If additional elective credits are required, Bridge students are encouraged to select courses which allow them to be exposed to graduate level training in all three of the primary arenas (health, engineering, policy). Students should select electives in consultation with their supervisory committee.

A list of potential electives is provided below. To review detailed information about UBC courses, refer to the University of British Columbia's Course Info & Schedule webpage.

*Asterisks indicate courses taken and recommended by one or more Bridge fellows.

*BIOL 548B Advanced Topics in Biology

Chemical and Biological Engineering
*CHBE 452 Environmental Process Design Project
CHBE 460 Soil and Water Engineering
CHBE 473 Design of Solid Waste Bioconversion Systems
*CHBE 479 Chemical Engineering Aspects of Occupational Health and Safety
CHBE 480 Hazardous Waste Processing Technology
*CHBE 484 Pollution Prevention Engineering for Chemical and Process Industries
*CHBE 575 Air Pollution Control
CHBE 579 Environmental Protection Control in the Pulp and Paper Industry

Civil Engineering
CIVL 405 Environmental Impact Studies
CIVL 518 Reliability and Structural Safety
CIVL 557 Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
CIVL 559 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology
CIVL 560 Sanitary Engineering Design
CIVL 562 Environmental Contaminant Analysis Laboratory
CIVL 564 Engineering Management of Solid Wastes
CIVL 566 Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems
* CIVL 568 Water Pollution Engineering and its Ecological Impact
CIVL 569 Biological Wastewater Treatment
CIVL 582 Transportation Engineering Impacts

Clean Energy Engineering
* CEEN 590 Energy Policy

*ECON 371 Economics of the Environment

*EDUC 504 Seminar in Qualitative Data Analysis

Educational Psychology and Special Education
*EPSE 683 Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Growth and Change

*GEOG 402 Air Pollution Meterology

Health Care and Epidemiology
*SPPH 400 Statistics for Health Research
SPPH 500 Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
*SPPH 501 Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Epidemiological Studies
*SPPH 502 Epidemiological Methods 1
*SPPH 503 Epidemiological Methods II
*SPPH 504 Application of Epidemiological Methods
SPPH 505 Scientific Basis for Epidemiological Thinking
SPPH 511 Cancer Epidemiology
*SPPH 515 Surveillance and Monitoring of Public Health
*SPPH 519 Qualitative Methods in Health Research
SPPH 520 Control of Communicable Disease
*SPPH 521 Socio-economic Factors and International Health Determinants
*SPPH 527 Social Determinants of Health
*SPPH 530 Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health
*SPPH 531 Occ & Env Exposure Assessment Methods for Epidemiology
*SPPH 532 Risk Assessment and Communication
*SPPH 533 Occupational and Environmental Toxicology
*SPPH 535 Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
*SPPH 536 Aboriginal Public Health
*SPPH 542 Seminar: Issues in Canadian Health Policy

Interdisciplinary Studies
*INDS 501 Instructional Skills Workshop

Mechanical Engineering
MECH 405 Acoustics and Noise Control
MECH 473 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
MECH 505 Industrial and Environmental Acoustics and Vibrations
MECH 576 Combustion
MECH 578 Internal Combustion Engines

Mining Engineering
*MINE 391 Mining and the Environment
MINE 410 Surface Mining and Design
MINE 480 Mine Waste Management
MINE 551 Applied Underground Rock Mechanics
MINE 573 Treatment of Mineral Industry Effluents
MINE 574 Mining Environment Case Studies
MINE 581 Environmental Technologies and Issues in Mining

*NURS 550 Qualitative Methods

Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
*OCCH 501 / SPPH 535 Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
OCCH 502 Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement
OCCH 503 Chemical and Biological Hazard Control
*OCCH 510 / SPPH 522 Topics in Environmental Health
OCCH 511 Occupational Health and Illness Processes
*OCCH 512 Quantitative Methods for the Assessment & Analysis of Exposure Data

*PHIL 433 Bio-Medical Ethics

*PLAN 511 Quantitative Reasoning and Statistics for Planning
*PLAN 540T Environmental Policy Analysis
PLAN 548T Decision Insights for Policy Analysis and Planning
*PLAN 595 Negotiation, Mediation and Facilitation
*PLAN 599A Environmental Policy Analysis: Risks and Values
PLAN 599B Decision and Risk Analysis for Technology and Health Issues

Political Science
*POLI 533A Public Policy Analysis

Resource Management
*RMES 500G Climate Change: Global Challenges and Local Response
*RMES 500M Human Technology Systems
*RMES 500W Water and Sustainability: Ecohydrological Approaches
*RMES 501 History and Philosophy of Environmental Thought
*RMES 502 Seminar on Resources and Environment - Quantitative Methods
*RMES 518 Water in International Development
*RMES 530 Knowledge, Policy and Values in Risk and Resource Management
*RMES 542 Integrated Assessment

Participation of 'non-Bridge' Fellows in BRDG courses

If you are a non-Bridge student and would like to participate in the Bridge courses, BRDG 500/501 and BRDG 600/601 you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • be from one of the eight participating units
  • be a graduate scholarship winner
  • have an A average
  • meet with the Bridge course instructor to discuss the course requirements
  • register for both courses and attend all classes throughout the entire academic year

The maximum class size is 12 students with no more than one non-Bridge student per Research Development team. Acceptance of learners will depend upon class size and is at the discretion of the Program and Course Directors.

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