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 coursework that encompasses foundational and integrative topics.
Given the range of knowledge and expertise needed to effectively manage forested ecosystems, students are then 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 also are encouraged to challenge conventional knowledge paradigms and approaches to forest management.
The location of UNBC in northern British Columbia provides strong linkages with natural resources, industry, and resource-dependent communities. Opportunities for outdoor recreation and field research abound in this region. The main campus, situated in the forest above Prince George, is an ideal location for conducting outdoor labs. Forestry education and research are also facilitated by the 13,000-hectare John Prince Research Forest, located near Fort St. James, and the 10,000-hectare Aleza Lake Research Forest located near Prince George. Thanks to industry and government awards, the Enhanced Forest Laboratory provides a greenhouse and other research facilities.