If you have an inquisitive mind, enjoy biology, and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, then the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Forest Sciences program may be for you.
Students study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms, and the ecology of plant and animal communities. Students select an area of concentration during their second year and specialize their studies according to their own interests, including genetics, ecology, entomology, pathology, silviculture, and fire science. An International Specialization is also possible, focusing on forest ecosystems in another part of the world. This program provides a partial basis for acquiring professional certification (Registered Professional Foresters or Registered Professional Biologists).
We take advantage of numerous values that forests provide for us, such as wood fibre, drinking water, hunting, and fishing. Our use of one part of the forest ecosystem can impact all of the other parts. How do the plants and animals in forest ecosystems react to insects and disease, climate change, pollution, harvesting, and recreational use? How do we sustain the biological diversity of our forests while meeting our resource needs? To answer questions like these, we depend on the research conducted by forest scientists.
Forests are complex ecosystems, comprised of thousands of organisms, both plants and animals, but also insects, fungi, algae, and bacteria. The way we manage our natural resources is based upon our understanding of how these organisms live and interact with each other. It is also based on our understanding of the non-living components of the forest environment, such as geology, soil, water (hydrology), fire, and climatology. The vast number of different factors that affect the growth and health of forest ecosystems make the field of forest science exciting and diverse, as it encompasses multiple scientific disciplines.
Research is ongoing in all aspects of forestry and forest conservation to better understand individual aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, disease, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration. Each of these components is studied in isolation, but this focus is expanded to see how they interact with each other as part of the larger forest ecosystem. The forest science degree program offers a unique opportunity to specialise your studies while applying what you learn to the “bigger picture” of the forest ecosystem and forest resources management.