If you love the outdoors and are excited by the challenge of planning and managing our forest lands, taking into account multiple resource users, then the Forest Management program, a major in the Bachelor of Science in Nature Resources degree, may be for you.
Why this program?
- Earn academic credits toward a Registered Professional Forester designation
- Develop innovative approaches to forest management for First Nations, communities, and industry
- Acquire practical forestry knowledge through two field schools
- Campus: Vancouver
- Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources
- Length 4 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
Explore the complexities of integrating multiple natural resources management strategies, encompassing range, recreation, timber, water, and wildlife. Delve into the scientific foundations that underpin the management of forest resources, while tailoring your educational journey with elective courses that emphasize biological, economic, social, or quantitative dimensions within this diverse field.
By embracing this comprehensive approach, you will gain a deep understanding of navigating forest resource management and promoting sustainable practices for the coexistence of diverse ecosystems and human needs.
Experiential learning and research
As a Forest Management student, you’ll:
- Take part in week-long field schools at two UBC Research Forests in BC: the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge and the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake.
- Complete a 10-credit forest management plan course in fourth year.
The award-winning Forest Sciences Centre on UBC’s Vancouver campus offers wireless study space, high-tech classrooms, and labs equipped with the latest technology.
The Faculty of Forestry also has two major research forests in British Columbia, and jointly manages a third, altogether totalling 25,000 hectares or more than 60,000 acres.Send details
Life at UBC's Vancouver campus
Surrounded by 750 hectares of forest, UBC offers the chance to study in a forested environment. Learn from award-winning faculty members in the nature-inspired Forest Sciences Centre, whose main atrium and study area feature giant live plants and a large skylight supported by massive wood beams. As a Faculty of Forestry student, you'll also have access to two research forests for field schools and other learning opportunities.Find out more
Forest Management graduates are well-prepared for diverse roles in consulting, sustainable forestry, and natural resource management, as they develop a deep understanding of the complexities involved in balancing multiple resource users. With their expertise in navigating the dynamic field of forest management, they make a meaningful impact by ensuring the sustainable utilization of forest resources and contributing to the preservation of our natural environment.
- General Manager, DWB Consulting
- Vice-President of Sustainability and Chief Forester, TimberWest Forest Corp.
- Natural Resources Referrals, Tŝilhqot’in National Government
- Planning Forester, Gorman Bros
- Project Manager of Haida Gwaii Operations, Chartwell Consultants
- Principal, B.A. Blackwell & Associates
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
IB Diploma Programme
- Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.
IB Certificate Courses
- IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
- IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.
Degree-specific requirements: Natural Resources
- IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)
- One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (see Related courses below)
- Grade 11 or equivalent Chemistry
- Grade 11 Biology (see Related courses below)
- If you intend to major in Wood Products or specialize in Harvest Planning and Engineering (Forest Operations), Physics 11 is strongly recommended.
Note: Grade 11 Biology, Chemistry and Physics requirements listed above are only relevant to students who are not completing the equivalent IB Diploma Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics courses. For students studying outside of Canada, some examples of courses that may be accepted as Grade 11 equivalents are junior-level courses for American students, and IGCSE and O Level for those following British-patterned curricula.
The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in Grade 11 and Grade 12.
- Language Arts
- Mathematics and Computation: Calculus is recommended for the Harvest Planning and Engineering specialization.
- Sciences: Biology 11 or IB Biology HL or SL is strongly recommended for all majors and specializations. IB Physics SL or HL is also recommended for the Wood Products major and the Harvest Planning and Engineering specialization.