Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (MSc Program)

Chair of the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program:  Dr. Annie Booth

Biology
Darwyn Coxson, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Russell Dawson, Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Avian Ecology (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Keith Egger, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Arthur Fredeen, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Michael Gillingham, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Kathy Lewis, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Staffan Lindgren, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Hugues Massicotte, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
William McGill, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Ken A. Otter, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Katherine Parker, Professor, and Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa Kechika Research Professor (Ecosystem and Science Management)
Ellen Petticrew, Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology (Geography)
Mark Shrimpton, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Philip Burton, Associate Professor, and Regional Chair, Northwest (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Scott Green, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Dezene Huber, Associate Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Christopher Johnson, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Brent Murray, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Allan Costello, Assistant Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Lisa Poirer, Assistant Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Jane Young, Assistant Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)

Environmental Science
Joselito M. Arocena, Professor (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Annie Booth, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Darwyn Coxson, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Keith Egger, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Arthur Fredeen, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Peter Jackson, Professor (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Jianbing Li, Professor (Environmental Engineering)
William McGill, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Ellen Petticrew, Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology (Geography)
Jueyi Sui, Professor (Environmental Engineering)
Youmin Tang, Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Climate Prediction and Predictability (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Ron Thring, Professor (Chemistry, Environmental Science and Engineering)
John Curry, Associate Professor (Environmental Planning)
Stephen Déry, Associate Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Northern Hydrometeorology (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Steve Helle, Associate Professor (Environmental Engineering)
Brian Menounos, Associate Professor (Geography)
Philip Owens, Associate Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology (Environmental Science)
Michael Rutherford, Associate Professor (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Paul Sanborn, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Todd Whitcombe, Associate Professor (Chemistry)

Forestry
Joselito M. Arocena, Professor (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Keith Egger, Professor (Ecosystem and Science Management)
Arthur Fredeen, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Oscar Garcia, Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Forest Growth and Yield (Ecosystem and Science Management)
Ian Hartley, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Kathy Lewis, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Staffan Lindgren, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Hugues Massicotte, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
William McGill, Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Ron Thring, Professor (Chemistry, Environmental Science and Engineering)
Philip Burton, Associate Professor, and Regional Chair, North West (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Scott Green, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Dezene Huber, Associate Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Forest Entomology and Chemical Ecology (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Christopher Johnson, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Chris Opio, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Paul Sanborn, Associate Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Lisa Poirier, Assistant Professor (Ecosystem Science and Management)

Geography
Joselito M. Arocena, Professor (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Peter Jackson, Professor (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Ellen Petticrew, Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology (Geography)
Jueyi Sui, Professor (Environmental Engineering)
Youmin Tang, Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Climate Prediction and Predictability (Environmental Science and Engineering)
Brian Menounos, Associate Professor (Geography)
Philip Owens, Associate Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology (Environmental Science)
Roger Wheate, Associate Professor (Geography)

Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism
John Shultis, Associate Professor (Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management)
Pamela Wright, Associate Professor (Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management)
Philip Mullins, Assistant Professor (Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management)

Website: http://www.unbc.ca/nres

Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES) is one stream of the Master of Science degree in the College of Science and Management. This degree is designed for candidates whose research interests have a scientific emphasis, and is expected to attract students from science disciplines such as biology, forestry, environmental science, and physical geography, as well as other scientifically oriented areas of resource management. Students studying within the NRES stream will, upon successful completion of the degree requirements outlined herein, obtain a MSc(NRES).

Students must choose from the following areas of study:
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Recreational Resource Management
All students must participate in Graduate Colloquia (NRES 701-1) during their course of studies, complete NRES 700-3 and complete a research methods course approved by their supervisor and the Chair of the NRES Graduate Program.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 6 elective credit hours at the graduate level (I.e., at or above the 600 level), selected from the science courses available at UNBC or courses that emphasize a scientific orientation to natural resource issues. A maximum of 3 credit hours from independent studies can be counted towards the elective requirement. Specific details of course work are determined by the research area chosen by each student. The supervisory committee will ensure the appropriate selection of elective courses, and may require a student to complete more than 6 elective credit hours if, for example, weaknesses in the student's background exist (including undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses) or if additional courses are required for professional accreditation.

The MSc (NRES) also requires the completion of a research thesis (NRES 790-12) in which the student makes a scientific contribution to a traditional science field or to an applied understanding of resources and the environment. Students are required to (a) make an oral presentation of the thesis proposal to the supervisory committee, (b) write an original thesis based on the research completed (in accordance with established UNBC guidelines), (c) give a public lecture on the completed thesis, and (d) present an oral defense of the thesis to the examining committee. All core and elective course requirements must have been satisfied prior to the oral defense.

Students must meet UNBC's residency requirements.

Summary
Core Courses4 credit hours
Methods Course3 credit hours
Elective Courses 6 credit hours
MSc Thesis12 credit hours
Total Required25 credit hours

Recommended Progression

The normal time for completion of the MSc is two academic years. While this is the recommended timeline, it may be adjusted at the discretion of the supervisory committee to suit a particular student's research and program needs.

Research in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES 700-3) is offered annually in the September Semester. Students normally enrol in this course in Year I of their program. This timing allows students to pursue their area of specialization with a methods course or elective courses during the September Semester in order to develop an interest-specific framework within which to pose methodological questions for the thesis proposal.

The Graduate Colloquia (NRES 701-1) is offered during the September and January Semesters. Students are required to enrol in this course, which lasts two semesters, once during their degree program.

Electives and the required methods course may be taken at any time during Years I and II. The sequencing of electives is determined by the student in discussion with the supervisory committee. Over the Fall and Winter Semesters of Year I, the student, under the direction of the supervisory committee, will develop a thesis proposal. By the end of the second semester, the student should have successfully defended their thesis proposal to the supervisory committee, allowing the student to undertake the collection of data during the summer of Year I. The student is expected to have successfully defended the thesis by the end of Year II.

Admission, Regulations and Committee Structures

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission application requirements outlined in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Academic Calendar, acceptance to the MSc program will be contingent upon the prospective student finding a member of the faculty to serve as her/his supervisor. Applicants must also provide a completed Continuing Teaching Assistantship Application and a completed Funding Worksheet. Both forms are included with the application material for this program. Normally, at least two of the three letters of recommendation, exclusive of any letter provided by an intended supervisor, must be from individuals who are able to comment on the applicant's academic and research potential.

Application deadlines are found in this calendar under "Semester Dates" or online at: www.unbc.ca/calendar/graduate, also under "Semester Dates." The Natural Resources and Environmental Studies MSc Program accepts students for the September, January, and May Semesters.

For additional information about graduate admissions or to download application materials, go to the Graduate Programs website at www.unbc.ca/graduateprograms.

Transfer Students

Upon the recommendation of the program concerned, the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs may accept courses taken at other institutions for credit toward a UNBC graduate program.

Normal Time Required for Completion

Normally, the degree should be completed in two years or less. Students may take longer to complete the degree depending on their personal circumstances, and the nature of their research.

Committee Structure

Students will be advised by a supervisory committee consisting of at least three members, including the academic supervisor who will normally serve as the chair of the committee. At least one of the committee members must be from outside of the student's program. The committee will be struck during the student's first term of study.