What will you learn?
Students are encouraged to think critically about balancing forest resources conservation with the demands of society. Through a choice of electives, the program can be focused to emphasize biological, economic, social, or quantitative aspects. Upon completion, all graduates will:
- Have a solid basis in sciences, and in the ecology of the forest and its resources.
- Understand the responsibilities a professional forester has to the forests and the community.
- Understand the latest technological innovations in forest measurement and computer modeling including satellite imaging, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer modeling, 3D computer visualization, and global positioning systems (GPS).
- Meet the academic requirements to become Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs). The program is recognized by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation board, and graduates who obtain their RPF designation are therefore eligible to work as professional foresters anywhere in Canada.
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 Resources Management program has two field schools that students are required to attend, one at the beginning of third year, and one at the end of third year. These field schools are designed to introduce students to local forestry issues in different regions of British Columbia, as well as provide additional studies in land use, management and silviculture, site diagnosis, and the preparation of management options. Field skills are also reviewed and applied, making our graduates ready for the competitive workplace.