Natural Resources Conservation

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment. Urban development, mineral/oil extraction, fisheries, and agricultural and forestry practices, can threaten the very existence of some ecosystems and alter or eliminate important habitats, biodiversity, and people’s way of life. The Natural Resources Conservation Program provides you with skills and knowledge to meet such challenges.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

This interdisciplinary program prepares you for careers in conservation and management. Encompassing the natural and social sciences, you will learn how to use the technologically advanced tools and quantitative techniques available to resource planners. If you want to become a leader for an ecologically and socially sustainable future, this program is ideal for you.

You can choose one of two majors at the end of second year: The Science and Management Major focuses on the conservation and management of renewable natural resources, and landscape- and local-level planning for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The Global Perspectives Major focuses on the conservation and management of renewable and non-renewable resources, policy formation and planning within a global context. International experience is required by this major (i.e., study or/and work abroad).


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. The Natural Resources Conservation program won the Alfred Scow Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience and Learning Environment at the University of British Columbia.

Program Requirements

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