A group of students participate in a field school at the Cassiar Cannery near Port Edward, B.C.

Wildland Conservation and Recreation

Conserving healthy environments while developing and managing sustainable uses of them is crucially important now and for future generations. This program teaches you about the challenges and approaches used to identify, advocate, and manage for healthy ecosystems.

Our Wildland Conservation and Recreation degree focuses on portions of the landscape where conservation values along with recreation and aesthetics are priority land uses and activities, and where these intersect with other values, priorities, and uses.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Prince George
120 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Faculty Supervised Research,  Field School,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

Topics you will study in Wildland Conservation and Recreation include:

  • the promotion of and advocacy for conservation 
  • integrated management of legally designated parks and protected areas 
  • conservation area design
  • human activities across these areas

Our degree provides students with the philosophical foundation, scientific theory, and technical skills to address the challenge of maintaining functioning ecosystems across developed, developing and still wild landscapes. 

Experiential learning is integrated into class work, uses case studies, practical projects, applied field techniques and includes field schools, faculty-supervised research, and undergraduate research.

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Career Paths

  • Park warden and park planning
  • Conservation area design
  • Wildlife conservationist
  • Sustainability director
  • Work with ENGOs
  • Land use manager
  • Environmental educator
  • Natural history and heritage interpreter
This degree equips you with the knowledge to enter a solutions-based career that actively contributes to solving today’s conservation and management problems.

Why at UNBC

  • Develop the necessary skills to identify, plan, monitor, and manage conservation values within the parks, recreation and tourism sectors
  • Gain a deeper knowledge in informing policy, conducting citizen science, restoration, systematic conservation planning, multi-criteria decision analysis and risk assessment
  • Integrate economic and social benefits through the goal of sustainable development of resources
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Admission Requirements

High School Admission Requirements (Applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

  • average of 65% minimum in the following:
  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 50%)
  • Academic Course #2
  • Academic Course #3
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)
  • *Other requirements: Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy & Physiology 12

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,870 $24,770
Student Fees* $1,185 $1,185
Books* $1,700 $1,700

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

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