The bioeconomy is the economic activity derived from the production and use of renewable biological resources to provide products and services to the public. Biological resources (such as wood, plants, wood waste, organic waste, etc.) are transformed into innovative products (biofuels, bioplastics, textiles & fashion, food additives, and medicine) using environmentally sustainable methods.

Why choose a BSc in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology?

The BEST degree program is the first of its kind in Canada to provide a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive education focused on the political, scientific, and economic challenges facing the growing bioeconomy and the increasing need to create a sustainable future.

Students will learn molecular, biological, and ecological approaches for utilizing renewable natural resources and how to measure the environmental impacts and ethical business practices while applying systems thinking and policy planning and implementation.

A better future requires creative and responsible uses of our limited natural resources, and innovative change-makers to make that happen.

Core subjects include:

  • Sustainability sciences
  • Applied biotechnology
  • Chemistry of natural resources
  • Development and maintenance of managed ecosystems
  • Sustainable technologies for biomass conversion, bioenergy, and bioproducts
  • Product design and innovation
  • Land use management
  • Community engagement and policy development
  • Business and leadership skills
  • Corporate social responsibility

Minor in Commerce

Students desiring a stronger foundation in business are encouraged to consider the Minor in Commerce, offered through the UBC Sauder School of Business.

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.