UBC BEST – Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

Be a leader in the rapidly growing bioeconomy with the Bachelor of Science in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST).

What is the bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy is the economic activity derived from the production and use of renewable biological resources, processes, and principles to provide products and services. Under environmental principles for sustainability, biological resources (wood, plants, wood waste, organic waste, etc.) are transformed into innovative products (biofuels, bioplastics, textiles, food additives, and medicine).

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.

Why a degree in Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology?

Full decarbonization must occur in the 21st century. It is clear that decreasing our carbon footprint is essential to curbing the impacts of climate change. Educational approaches to training students for careers in decarbonizing the economy using green technology must be interdisciplinary.

A BEST education is a hybrid that teaches molecular, biological, and ecological approaches for utilization of renewable natural resources and measurement of environmental impacts combined with systems thinking and policy planning and implementation.

UBC BEST students will learn skills to tackle wide ranging challenges

  • How do you bring about change in behaviours?
  • How do governments create policies around the bioeconomy?
  • How do we measure greenhouse gases, sustainability, land use impacts?
  • How do we manage land use while maximizing carbon capture while maintaining ecological diversity?
  • How do we transform forest and plant materials into renewable products and energy?
  • How do we design innovative bioproducts?
  • Are there “waste” materials that can be used for energy or other products?

About the BEST UBC program

The UBC 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

  • 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

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