Students in the Forest Science program gain a strong foundation in the basic biological and environmental sciences, with emphasis on the components and function of forest ecosystems. This includes genetics, soils, weather and climate, tree form and function, ecology, entomology, pathology, silvics, silviculture and fire science. During their second year students choose a compliment of courses that match their interests, allowing them to conduct research and design an area of concentration that can include:
- Forest ecology
- Forest entomology or pathology
- Forest fire science
- Forest genetics or biotechnology
- Forest hydrology and aquatic sciences
- Forest soils
- Tree physiology
- Wildlife ecology
A forestry education is unique in that students are constantly challenged to apply what they are learning. Lab sessions are often held outdoors to bring a hands-on reality to the education students get in the classroom. In addition to the lab sessions, field schools are an integral part of the forestry programs. The Forest Science program has one field school that students are required to attend, held at the beginning of third year. This field school is designed to introduce students to local forestry issues in the interior region of British Columbia, providing additional studies in land use, management, and silviculture.
To be eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Forester or a Registered Professional Biologist students should select as electives specified courses as required by the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals or the College of Applied Biology. Eligibility for the RPBio can be accomplished within the forest science degree program, but the academic requirement of the RPF designation usually requires a minimum of one additional year of studies.