Forest Ecology & Management (BSc Program)

Kathy Lewis, Professor and Chair
Annie Booth, Professor
Philip Burton, Professor
Mark Dale, Professor
Arthur Fredeen, Professor
Ian Hartley, Professor
Dezene Huber, Professor
Chris Johnson, Professor
Staffan Lindgren, Professor Emeritus
Hugues Massicotte, Professor
William McGill, Professor
Chris Opio, Professor
Ken Otter, Professor
Katherine Parker, Professor, and Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa Kechika Research Professor
Ché Elkin, Associate Professor, and FRBC/Slocan Mixed Wood Ecology Chair (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Scott Green, Associate Professor
Brent Murray, Associate Professor
Paul Sanborn, Associate Professor
Oscar Venter, Associate Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Growth and Yield and Forest Valuations
Lisa Poirier, Assistant Professor
Jenia Blair, Senior Lab Instructor
Saphida Migabo,Senior Lab Instructor
Roy Rea,Senior Lab Instructor
Bryan Bogdanski, Adjunct Professor
Barbara Cade-Menun, Adjunct Professor
Alan Carroll, Adjunct Professor
Craig Delong, Adjunct Professor
Marten Geertsema, Adjunct Professor
Susan Grainger, Adjunct Professor
Sybille Haeussler, Adjunct Professor
Doug Heard, Adjunct Professor
Michael Jull, Adjunct Professor
Ian Picketts, Adjunct Professor
Thomas Pypker, Adjunct Professor

The Forest Ecology and Management degree provides students with a thorough understanding of the science, philosophy, and practice of managing forested ecosystems. Through study and active
learning experiences, students obtain a consistent and broad background in course work that encompasses foundational and integrative topics. Given the range of knowledge and expertise
needed to effectively manage and conserve forested ecosystems, students are provided an opportunity to select a minor and pursue a specialisation consistent with the overall objectives of
the degree. Although the degree is designed to expose students to contemporary knowledge and techniques drawn from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, students are
encouraged to challenge conventional knowledge paradigms and approaches to forest management.The Forest Ecology and Management degree is accredited by the Canadian Forestry
Accreditation Board and meets certification requirements for the Association of BC Forest Professionals. The University has two research forests (Aleza Lake Research Forest, John Prince
Research Forest) available to students in this program.
Undergraduate students are required to take a total of 96 credit hours of program core courses in addition to a qualified minor as outlined below.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Forestry is 123 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirement

100 Level


BIOL 103-3 Introductory Biology I
BIOL 104-3 Introductory Biology II
BIOL 123-1 Introductory Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 124-1 Introductory Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 100-3 General Chemistry I
CHEM 101-3 General Chemistry II
CHEM 120-1 General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 121-1 General Chemistry Lab II
ECON 100-3 Microeconomics
MATH 152-3 Calculus for Non-majors
NREM 100-3* Field Skills
NREM 101-3 Introduction to Natural Resource Management and Conservation
NRES 100-3 Communications in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

*Note:  Applications for exemption from NREM 100-3 must be made within the first year of study in this degree.

200 Level

BIOL 201-3 Ecology
ENSC 201-3 Weather and Climate
FSTY 201-3 Forest Plant Systems
FSTY 205-3 Introduction to Soil Science
FSTY 207-1 Terrestrial Ecological Classification
FSTY 209-4 Forest Biology and Silvics
GEOG 205-3 Cartography and Geomatics
or GEOG 300-3 Geographical Information Systems
GEOG 210-3 Introduction to Earth Science
NREM 203-3 Resource Inventories and Measurements
STAT 240-3 Basic Statistics

Upper Division Requirement

300 Level

ENVS 326-3 Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement
FSTY 305-4 Silviculture
FSTY 307-3 Disturbance Ecology and Forest Health
FSTY 310-3 Forest Economics
or NREM 306-3 Society, Policy and Administration
FSTY 317-1 Forest Disturbance Agents
NREM 303-3 Aboriginal Perspectives to Resource Management
NREM 333-3 Field Applications in Resource Management

400 Level

FSTY 405-3 Forest Ecosystem Modelling
FSTY 408-3 Forest Practices and Management
NREM 400-4 Natural Resources Planning
NREM 411-3 Environmental and Professional Ethics
NRES 421-1 Professional Writing
   and NRES 422-2 Undergraduate Report
or NRES 430-6 Undergraduate Thesis

Minor Requirement Associated With the Forest Ecology and Management Degree

Forest Ecology and Management students are required to complete a minor as part of their degree. The eligible minors will allow students to gain a solid foundation in numerous specialized areas of forest management.

Eligible minors include: 

Minors have different credit hour requirements, but for all minors 12 credit hours must be at the upper division (i.e., 300 or 400 level). Students must ensure that all prerequisite courses have been completed for elective choices in each minor. Beyond the specific minor requirements, students must complete elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 123 credit hours.

BSc Honours-Forest Ecology and Management

The Honours in Forest Ecology and Management offers students a higher level of education and research experience for proceeding to post graduate studies. Honours students are required to complete the degree requirements for the BSc Natural Resources Management (Forest Ecology and Management Major). In addition, required hours of elective credits must be at the 300 or 400 level and each student must complete a 6 credit-hour research thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

Entry into the Honours Program takes place after the completion of 60 credit hours and requires a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33.  Attaining the minimum requirement does not guarantee entry into the Honours Program, which is at the discretion of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program.  Maintenance of a Cumulative GPA of 3.33 is required to remain in the Honours Program.

Elective credit hours are determined to be the number of credit hours needed to ensure completion of a minimum of 123 credit hour, not including thesis. 

NOTE: Students are responsible for finding their own undergraduate thesis research supervisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to supervise Honours students.