Wood Products Processing

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

If you're innovative, and you enjoy engineering and problem solving, Wood Products Processing is ideal for you. This award-winning program is a fusion of science, engineering, and business.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing
  • 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 Wood Products Processing gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations. After completing foundational courses in first year such as Math, Physics, and Chemistry, students move on to develop knowledge of wood and material science and to introduce primary and secondary wood processing technology.

In senior years students study the analysis and optimization of manufacturing operations. In their final year, students complete a major project that enables them to focus on an area of interest. Transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork are also developed. Students can choose to complement their science degree with a minor in Commerce.

Experiential learning and research

  • Enjoy excellent facilities, including the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, UBC’s $2-million wood products manufacturing facility
  • Hands-on experience within the faculty’s extensive machine laboratory as part of classwork
  • One-week tour of BC wood products manufacturing operations
  • Major project requirement in final year

Campus features

The Department of Wood Science is the largest in the English-speaking world, with a reputation for excellent programs in education, research and extension. It also has some of the best facilities and equipment to be found anywhere. The award-winning Forest Sciences Centre offers wireless study space, and classrooms and labs equipped with the latest technology. Students benefit from a stimulating and interactive learning environment, and strong student services.

The Wood Products Processing program won the Yves Landry Foundation Award for the Most Innovative Manufacturing Technology Program at the University Level and the Alfred Scow Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience and Learning Environment at the University of British Columbia.

Your future

Graduates from the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing program are highly sought after by employers. Graduates secured entry-level and middle-management positions with excellent starting salaries and opportunities for advancement. The program’s interdisciplinary nature allows you to pursue careers in areas such as material science, engineering, computer science, material processing, wood finishing, product design, quality control, sales, and marketing.

You can pursue graduate studies in wood science, finance and business, building construction technology, and medicine. Gain the opportunity for careers such as business analyst, design engineer, production manager, process control analyst, and product developer.

Program graduates

  • Engineering and product development manager, Superior Cabinets
  • Production control manager, Structurlam Products LP
  • Sawmill production superintendent, Chetwynd Forest Industries
  • Analyst, FP Innovations

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: Wood Products Processing

  • 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
  • Chemistry and Physics at the Grade 11 level
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