Forest Ecology and Management students at Aleza Lake Research Forest

Forest Ecology and Management

Gain the education you need to become a Registered Professional Forester while developing a comprehensive knowledge of the science, philosophy, and practice of managing forested ecosystems.

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

Program Details

The Forestry Ecology and Management degree introduces you to contemporary knowledge and techniques drawn from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences. 

Through study and active learning experiences, you'll obtain a consistent and broad background in coursework that encompasses foundational and integrative forestry management topics.

Challenge conventional knowledge paradigms and approaches to forest management while pursuing minors in specialized areas for advanced expertise.

Forestry education and research at UNBC involves experiential learning at two research forests—the 10,000-hectare Aleza Lake Research Forest near Prince George and the 13,000-hectare John Prince Research Forest near Fort St. James.

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Silviculturist
  • Woodlands manager
  • Registered Professional Forester
This program is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board and meets certification requirements for the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

This degree also provides a strong foundation for a research career or pursuing your master's or PhD.

Why at UNBC

  • Develop the range of knowledge and expertise to effectively manage forest ecosystems
  • Provides you with strong linkages to northern B.C.’s natural resources, industry and resource-dependent communities
  • Participate in outdoor labs and research facilitated by the John Prince Research Forest, Aleza Lake Research Forest and UNBC’s Enhanced Forest Laboratory
  • Earn a degree accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board that meets certification requirements for the Association of BC Forest Professionals
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'En Cha Huná

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Admission Requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 60%)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

Other requirements: Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy & Physiology 12**
**Anatomy & Physiology 12 can be counted as one of the Approved Academic Grade 12 courses.

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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