Forest Sciences

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This degree encompasses multiple scientific disciplines to give you a holistic and better understanding of our forests. Forest Sciences is based on the principle that forests are complex ecosystems, comprising thousands of living organisms and non-living components, and that our use of one part of the forest ecosystem can impact all the others.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Students in this academically challenging program study the scientific principles related to forests, forest organisms, and the ecology of plants and animals. Using this knowledge, students and graduates help us better understand aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, diseases, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration. Students deal with questions such as: How do the plants and animals in forest ecosystems react to insects and disease, climate change, pollution, harvesting, and recreational use? And, How do we sustain the biological diversity of our forests while meeting our resource needs?

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, this program is ideal for you.

Experiential learning and research

  • Six-credit original thesis written in final year under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Take part in week-long field school at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC
  • Complete extensive, hands-on lab work as part of your coursework

Campus features

UBC Forestry is the largest forestry faculty in Canada, and is a world leader in education and research. It possesses outstanding facilities and equipment. The award-winning Forest Sciences Centre offers wireless study space, high-tech classrooms, and labs equipped with the latest technology. In addition, the Faculty has two major research forests in British Columbia, and jointly manages a third, altogether totalling 25,000 hectares (over 60,000 acres). Students benefit from a stimulating and interactive learning environment, and strong student services.

Your future

Forest Science graduates apply what they’ve learned to help better understand soil, water, fire, and climate, as well as organisms that live in forests. Many graduates of this program continue on to graduate school and careers in research and teaching. This degree also provides a partial basis for acquiring professional certification as either a Registered Professional Forester or Registered Professional Biologist. Gain the opportunity for careers such as forest geneticist, biodiversity specialist, fisheries and wildlife officer, forest ecologist, pathologist, or entomologist.

Program graduates

  • Senior research associate, Institute for Genomic Diversity
  • Cornell University instructor, Renewable Resources Management Program
  • Yukon College research scientist and tree breeder, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Forestry; Forest Sciences

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) (Requires the level indicated for individual faculties and schools. Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry or IB Physics
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the Grade 11 level
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