Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

Be an active participant and leader in the rapidly growing bioeconomy with the Bachelor of Science in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST). Deeply understand the bioeconomy and create sustainable alternatives and solutions to the unsustainable fossil fuel economy.

What is the bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy are the parts of the economy that involve the production of renewable biological resources (wood, plants, wood waste, organic waste, etc.) that are transformed into valuable products (biofuels, bioplastics, textiles, food additives, medicine, etc.).

Why is the bioeconomy important?

A better future requires creative and responsible uses of our limited natural resources. To transition from a fossil fuel based economy, we need alternatives created by leaders and innovators. This change in societal behaviour for a better and more sustainable world will be driven by the growing bioeconomy.

About the program

The BEST program is the Faculty of Forestry’s newest degree program, with the first cohort starting in 2020.

This degree is the first of its kind in Canada to provide a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive education focused on the scientific, economic and policy issues related to the growing bioeconomy and creating a sustainable future.

You will gain a solid foundation for the innovative design and development of renewable materials, energy, and sustainable land use strategies.


Core subjects you will learn

  • Scientific principles and technologies related to biomass conversion, bioenergy and bioproducts
  • Economic and policy issues related to the bioeconomy
  • Sustainable development and land use management
  • Measurement and analysis of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Community engagement and policy development
  • Product design and innovation
  • Business acumen and leadership skills

Courses you could take

  • BEST 201 – Plants, Carbons & the Environment
  • BEST 202 – Alternate Energy Systems
  • BEST 204 – Land Use Management & Planning
  • BEST 301 – Bioenergy

  • BEST 303 – Applied Biotechnology for Bioproducts
  • BEST 400 – Biomimicry & Biocomposites
  • BEST 401 – Carbon & Energy Economics
  • BEST 402 – Industrial Ecology

FOUR YEAR PROGRAM MAP
Term 1
Sept – Dec
Term 2
Jan – Apr
Summer
May – Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, English, Economics, Math, Sociology, Introduction to Conservation Summer
Year 2 Foundations in Bioproducts, Carbon, Alternative Energy Systems, Ecology, Land Use Management, Biometrics Summer
Year 3 Bioenergy, Methods on Bioeconomy Technology, Forest Products Biotechnology, Forest Economics, Genetics, Restricted Electives Summer
Year 4 Carbon and Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Biocomposites, Wood Industry Business Management, Strategies for Bioproducts Innovation, Electives

PLANNED CO-OP OPTION: FIVE YEAR PROGRAM MAP*
Term1
Sept - Dec
Term 2
Jan - Apr
Summer
May - Aug
Year 1 Basic Sciences, English, Economics, Math, Sociology, Introduction to Conservation Summer
Year 2 Foundations in Bioproducts, Carbon, Alternative Energy Systems, Ecology, Land Use Management, Biometrics Co-op 1 (Junior)
Year 3 Bioenergy, Methods on Bioeconomy Technology, Directed Studies Co-op 2 (Intermediate) Co-op 3 (Intermediate)
Year 4 Co-op 4 (Intermediate) Forest Products Biotechnology, Forest Economics, Genetics, Restricted Electives Co-op 5 (Senior)
Year 5 Carbon and Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Biocomposites, Wood Industry Business Management, Strategies for Bioproducts Innovation, Electives