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Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc)

The University of Canterbury
4 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

The Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc) is a professional degree offered by the New Zealand School of Forestry. It is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for managing forest resources by combining the study of core science courses with management, commerce and technologies.

Small classes and field trips make for an engaging and rewarding learning experience at UC. Forestry Science graduates are highly sought after by employers and follow exciting and rewarding career paths.

How do I plan my degree?

The BForSc requires a total of 480 points over four years. The first year provides a substantial base in pure science which is necessary for the professional study of Forestry Science.

Bachelor of Forestry Science with Honours

If you have a good grade average across 200 and 300-level courses you may be invited to undertake honours as part of the fourth year of your degree. Honours involve the completion of a research course FORE 414 Dissertation.

Double degrees

It is possible to combine a Forestry degree with the study of another degree, such as a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science. Normally you can complete the two degrees in five years, but some degree combinations may take longer. It is also possible to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a strong Forestry emphasis.

Further study

The School of Forestry offers a range of options for graduate and postgraduate study.

For those graduates wishing to update or retrain:

  • Graduate Diploma in Forestry
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry

For those who wish to advance their Forestry Science studies and research:

  • Master of Forestry Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Career opportunities

UC students benefit from New Zealand Institute of Forestry meetings, lectures on campus and summer work opportunities. Some of the biggest companies in New Zealand hire UC graduates and many obtain work overseas.

Possible careers include forest management (plantation and native forests), conservation, harvesting, wood processing, planning, policy, forest science, timber appraisal, biosecurity, forest economics, and sustainability and land management.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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The University of Canterbury is a prestigious destination that is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities, with 15 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200 (QS World University Rankings). What’s more, UC has been awarded with a 5-star ranking for...

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