Forestry

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Build a strong foundation in the biological, physical, and social fundamentals required for sustainable forest management in any ecosystem or political jurisdiction. This interdisciplinary degree integrates science and technology in a combination of classroom and fieldwork.

Why this program?

  • Choose to major in Forest Resources Management or Forest Operations
  • Acquire practical forestry knowledge through two field schools
  • Earn academic credits toward a Registered Professional Forester designation
  • Use the Forest Operations major to pursue a career as a professional engineer
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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.

Forests grow in a wide range of environments and are managed in a variety of ways around the world. As a Forestry student, you’ll learn everything about handling this renewable resource – from planning for different uses to overseeing the operational aspects of extracting timber.

Choose from two majors – Forest Resources Management or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board and satisfy the academic requirements for becoming a Registered Professional Forester in the eight Canadian provinces that have professional forestry organizations.

Experiential learning and research

As a Forestry 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.
  • Write a graduating essay under the supervision of a faculty member in your final year.

Campus features

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.

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.

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Your future

As a Forestry graduate, you’ll use what you’ve learned to help manage forests sustainably. Apply to become a Registered Professional Forester, or choose to pursue a career in forest operations, consulting, engineering, or business management.

Program graduates

  • 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

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

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.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • 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: Forestry; Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology; Forest Sciences; Natural Resources Conservation; Urban Forestry

  • 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 
  • Grade 11 or equivalent Chemistry, and
  • Grade 11 or equivalent Biology (strongly recommended) or Physics

Note: Grade 11 Chemistry and Physics requirements listed are only relevant to students who are not completing the equivalent IB Diploma 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.

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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