This award-winning interdisciplinary program involves the study of applied ecology, planning and management of renewable natural resources. This program helps students to develop the skills to play an active role in protecting and managing natural systems and environments including wildlife, fish, forests, rivers, oceans and landscapes.

Why choose Conservation?

There are two streams of study to choose from:

The Science and Management stream provides a rigorous education in natural and social sciences and a strong focus on solving conservation issues. Considerable field experience teaches practical approaches for achieving conservation goals. Upon graduation, students from this stream will have satisfied course requirements for becoming a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio). This program won the Alfred Scow Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience and Learning Environment at the University of British Columbia. The Global Perspectives stream provides more experience in policy and planning, as well as more breadth in resource systems than the Science and Management stream. Students will obtain hands-on cultural or international experiences in a conservation context.

Core subjects will include:

  • Ecology and conservation biology
  • Biodiversity and sustainability
  • Geomatics and statistics
  • Resource socio-economics, governance, and policy
  • Land-use planning and decision-making
  • Resource management

Dual Degree Option

Earn a Bachelor of Natural Resources in Conservation and Bachelor of Education (Secondary Biological Sciences) in 5 years with the Forestry Dual Degree with Education program, or a Bachelor of Natural Resources and a Master of Management in 4.5 years with the Forestry Dual Degree with Business program.

Land One Option

The Land One program is a great option for first year students who want a smaller classroom experience. Learn about forest management and food security in a tight-knit cohort environment.

Co-op Option

Gain paid work experience related to your degree and acquire the experience necessary to launch your career with our Forestry Co-op Program.