Urban Forestry

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

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

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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.

The Urban Forestry program is taught in collaboration with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. This program is for students interested in learning about urban ecology, sustainability planning, recreation, human well-being, and forest sciences and management.

Graduates learn important transferable skills in smart data, modelling and visualization, planning and design methods, community engagement and communications as well as policy, economics, and legal and professional practice.

Experiential learning and research

  • Field courses in the Vancouver area
  • International case studies based on UBC research and our professional networks in China, India, South America, Europe, across North America, and elsewhere

Campus features

UBC Forestry is the largest forestry faculty in Canada, and is a world leader in education and research. It possesses outstanding facilities, and students benefit from a stimulating and interactive learning environment, and outstanding support.

The award-winning Forest Sciences Centre is popular on campus with respect to classroom design, information technology infrastructure, research offices and laboratories, as well as open space and living plants.

UBC’s Vancouver campus features a botanical garden and the nearby Pacific Spirit Regional Park. In addition, the faculty manages two major research forests in British Columbia with experience in urban and community forestry. UBC has strong links with urban forestry education and research institutions worldwide.

Your future

This degree provides the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the growing demand for urban forest managers and urban forest planners. Graduates of this degree apply what they’ve learned to help manage urban forests, make cities more livable and make informed city planning decisions. Graduates can pursue careers such as city forester, municipal arborist, green infrastructure planner, parks and recreation manager, and 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: Urban Forestry

  • 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
  • Biology or Physics at the Grade 11 level
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