UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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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.
It is possible to combine a Forestry degree with the study of another degree, such as a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science.
The School of Forestry offers a range of options for graduate and postgraduate study.
For those graduates wishing to update or retrain:
For those who wish to advance their Forestry Science studies and research:
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.
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.
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:
Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.