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 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
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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

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, 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. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Forestry; Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology; Forest Sciences; Natural Resources Conservation; Urban Forestry

  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics 
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry 
  • Grade 11/junior-level Biology (strongly recommended) or Physics

* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.

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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