Urban Forestry

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Develop your passion for the urban environment as you learn more about sustainability, green space planning, and nature in the city. Urban Forestry is the first undergraduate degree in Canada dedicated to the planning and management of urban green spaces.

Why this program?

  • Learn from professionals from the Faculty of Forestry and the School or Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Meet practitioners in arboriculture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, and nursery operations
  • Choose to minor in Urban Greenspace Management or Landscape and Recreation Planning
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Urban 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.

If you’re interested in learning about urban ecology, sustainability planning, recreation, human well-being, and forest sciences and management, Urban Forestry could be for you. Taught in collaboration with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, this Faculty of Forestry degree teaches important and transferable skills related to:

  • Smart data.
  • Modelling and visualization.
  • Planning and design methods.
  • Community engagement and communications.
  • Policy, economics, and legal and professional practice.

Experiential learning and research

As an Urban Forestry student, you’ll:

  • Participate in field courses in the Vancouver area.
  • Complete international case studies based on UBC research and the University’s professional networks in Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

Campus features

Located near Pacific Spirit Regional Park, UBC’s Vancouver campus is home to UBC Botanical Garden and the award-winning Forest Sciences Centre, which 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 – both just a short drive away – for field schools and other learning opportunities.

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Your future

As an Urban Forestry graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills required to meet the growing demand for urban forest managers and urban forest planners. Apply what you’ve learned to help manage urban forests, make cities more livable, and make informed city planning decisions. Pursue a career as a city forester, a municipal arborist, a green infrastructure planner, a parks and recreation manager, or an urban forestry consultant.

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: Forestry; Forest Sciences; Natural Resources Conservation; Urban Forestry

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Biology at the junior or Grade 11 level (strongly recommended)
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