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 field work.
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
- Campus: Vancouver
- Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Forestry
- 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.
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.
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 – both just a short drive away – for field schools and other learning opportunities.Find out more
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.
- 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
- 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