at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Earn a Forestry degree that combines classroom and field work while focusing on the sustainable management of forested lands. Choose from majors in Forest Resources Management or Forest Operations to specialize in the area that interests you most.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • 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.

The Bachelor of Science in Forestry program integrates science and technology to advance the understanding and practice of sustainable forest management. Gain a solid foundation in forestry and learn how to manage this renewable resource from planning to the operational aspects of extracting timber. This interdisciplinary degree covers biological, physical, and social sciences.

The Forestry program offers two majors – Forest Resources Management, or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board as providing the academic requirements for becoming a professional forester in the eight Canadian provinces that have professional forestry organizations.


Experiential learning and research

  • Graduating essay written in the final year under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Participate in week-long field schools at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC, and in the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake, BC
  • Ten-credit forest management plan course taken in fourth year

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

Forestry graduates apply what they’ve learned to help manage forests sustainably. Be prepared for careers in forest operations, consulting, engineering, and business management. After graduation, you can qualify to apply to become a Registered Professional Forester.

Program graduates

  • Vice-president, sustainability, and chief forester, TimberWest Forest Corp.
  • General manager, DWB Consulting
  • Natural resources referrals, Tŝilhqot’in National Government
  • Planning forester, Gorman Bros
  • Project manager of Haida Gwaii operations, Chartwell Consultants
  • Principal, BA Blackwell & Associates

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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