UBC Forestry is growing, and is introducing exciting changes to its undergraduate programs by introducing a new ‘Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources’ starting in fall 2024. Five of the Faculty of Forestry’s current degree programs are being unified into one degree, with students choosing from six majors, each providing a well-rounded education in unique fields of Natural Resource studies.
Students will all take a common first year, with some course selection freedom to obtain prerequisites for potential majors, and then have the opportunity to select a major in second year in bioeconomy sciences and technology, conservation, forest management, forest operations, forest sciences, or wood products.
Two new first year courses, led by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, will introduce students to some of the most wicked environmental problems facing humanity such as climate change, catastrophic fires and floods, resource over-exploitation, food insecurity and poverty, and will show how these sorts of challenges, and others, are truly interdisciplinary needing innovative ecological, social and entrepreneurial solutions. Each major offers a different path for learning how to address these types of issues.
With immersive learning experiences, from field schools and lab work, to co-op opportunities, students will gain practical knowledge and skills that are critical for solving our most pressing natural resource challenges. With a diverse range of majors to choose from, students can explore their interests and find the best program fit for their career goals.
Equips students with expertise in cutting-edge technologies and manufacturing techniques, to create environmentally sustainable and innovative systems and products utilizing renewable natural resources.
Involves the interdisciplinary study of conservation, planning and management of renewable natural resources, providing a thorough understanding of function, process and structure of natural ecosystems, and an appreciation for political, legal and socioeconomic contexts which affect design and outcomes of conservation strategies.
Provides a working knowledge of the characteristics of forest resources and the ways in which they can be managed to yield a socially desirable mix of goods and services.
Provides broad coverage of the biological, physical and social sciences upon which forest resource management is based, with additional emphasis on the operational aspects of forestry.
Study the scientific principles of forestry and ecology with the unique opportunity to specialize in an aspect of forest science of your choosing.
Equips students with expertise in sustainable and innovative techniques for designing, developing, and manufacturing high-quality wood products.
Implementation of this new degree program will begin in the fall of 2024 for incoming UBC students, while current students will have the option to either remain in their original program or transfer to the unified program.