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Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Canterbury


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

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. The first year is made up of 90 points in compulsory courses providing a strong 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 your 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.

Further study

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

For those graduates wishing to update or retrain:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry

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

  • Master of Forestry Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Forestry

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.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Recommended preparation

The BForSc is open to all students who gain entry to the University. It is recommended that you take NCEA Level 3 biology and maths (including statistics and probability) – or the IB/Cambridge equivalent. If you have not studied Year 13 statistics, or if you feel you have a weak background in this subject, you should consider enrolling in a Headstart preparatory course over summer.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.

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