Wood Products Processing

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

If you're innovative, and you enjoy engineering and problem solving, Wood Products Processing could be for you. This award-winning degree fuses science, engineering, and business.

Why this program?

  • Study at Canada’s national centre of excellence for wood products
  • Choose to minor in Commerce
  • Get involved with innovative projects or participate in co-op
  • Secure a management position with an excellent starting salary and opportunities to advance
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Forestry
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing
  • 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.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations, while developing transferable skills in problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

After completing foundational courses in math, physics, and chemistry in first year, you’ll begin developing your knowledge of wood and material science and primary and secondary wood processing technologies. In senior years, you’ll learn how to analyze and optimize manufacturing operations. In your final year, you’ll focus on an area of interest with a major project.

Experiential learning and research

As a Wood Products Processing student, you’ll:

  • Enjoy access to UBC’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, a $2 million wood products manufacturing facility.
  • Gain hands-on experience at the faculty’s extensive machine laboratory.
  • Participate in a one-week tour of BC wood products manufacturing operations.
  • Complete a major project in your final year.

Campus features

UBC’s Vancouver campus is home to the award-winning Forest Sciences Centre and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Canada’s national centre of excellence for wood products.

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

Pursue a career in material science, engineering, computer science, material processing, wood finishing, product design, quality control, or sales and marketing – or go on to graduate studies in wood science, finance and business, building construction technology, or medicine.

As a Wood Products Processing graduate, you’ll be highly sought after by employers and able to secure entry-level and middle-management positions with excellent starting salaries and opportunities for advancement. Begin your career as a business analyst, a design engineer, a production manager, a process control analyst, or a product developer.


Program graduates

  • Engineering and Product Development Manager, Superior Cabinets
  • Production Control Manager, Structurlam Products LP
  • Sawmill Production Superintendent, Chetwynd Forest Industries
  • Analyst, FPInnovations

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: Wood Products Processing

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

* 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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