Natural Resources Conservation

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment, including wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land. This interdisciplinary program is the most popular degree in UBC's Faculty of Forestry.

Why this program?

  • Study a wide range of subjects in the natural and social sciences
  • Explore different ecosystems through the Integrated Field School that's part of the Science and Management major
  • Embark on an international experience as part of the Global Perspectives major
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation
  • 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.

Natural resources conservation is concerned with maintaining habitats, nurturing diverse natural resources, and understanding human behaviours. Learn how to balance the social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic considerations associated with the world’s natural resources so you can help fight climate change, protect the environment, and shape our future and planet.

As a Natural Resources Conservation student, you’ll take courses in English, math, and science – plus conservation, wildlife, fisheries management, computer applications, remote sensing, and soil science. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from two majors:

  • Science and Management, which offers a rigorous education in natural sciences, a strong focus on  conservation, and career opportunities as a Registered Professional Biologist or Registered Professional Forester.
  • Global Perspectives, which offers international experience in policy and planning, and prepares you for work overseas.

Experiential learning and research

As a Natural Resources Conservation student, you’ll:

  • Participate in hands-on lab work in the Forest Sciences Centre’s research facilities.
  • Explore different ecosystems as part of a 15-credit field school in fourth year if you choose the Science and Management major.
  • Have the option of writing an original thesis under the supervision of a faculty member in your final year.

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.

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Your future

As a Natural Resources Conservation graduate, you’ll use your skills and knowledge to help protect and preserve the planet. Manage and conserve our wildlife, fisheries, and forests with a career in environmental sustainability and resource management at a government, non-profit, private consulting, education, or law organization.

Program graduates

  • Senior research and development biologist, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
  • Senior environmental coordinator, BC Hydro
  • Biologist, Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance
  • Biologist, InStream Fisheries Research
  • Vice-president and senior biologist, EDI Environmental Dynamics
  • Urban forestry manager, City of Surrey

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: Natural Resources Conservation

  • 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 at the Grade 11 level
  • One of Biology or Physics at the Grade 11 level
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