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Bachelor of Forestry Science

BForSc
06 October 2023

UC's Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc) is a professional degree that prepares you for managing forest resources by combining core science courses with management, commerce, and technology. Find out about studying a BForSc through our Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering.

DURATION

Bachelor of Forestry Science

Degree Structure - Duration
4 years full-time

START

Bachelor of Forestry Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

480

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,929
  • International — $39,863

Overview


Bachelor of Forestry Science

Introduction

The BForSc is a professional degree that prepares graduates for managing forest resources by combining core science courses with management, commerce, and technology.

Forestry Science graduates are highly sought after by employers and follow exciting and rewarding career paths.



Bachelor of Forestry Science

What will my study involve?

 

  • Small class sizes create a high-quality learning environment.
  • UC has field stations located near Arthur’s Pass and at Kawatiri Westport for forestry teaching and research.
  • Participate in an exchange programme with top forestry schools in Canada and the United States.
  • With strong employer links, the majority of graduates are employed before finishing their degree.

Bachelor of Forestry Science

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Recommended preparation

The BForSc is open to everyone who gains 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, you should consider enrolling in a Headstart preparatory course over summer.

Fast-track option

You may be able to fast-track your degree and be exempt from some first-year courses or gain direct entry to the second year if you have excellent NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent study) in relevant subjects.

Bachelor of Forestry Science

Subjects and courses

The Bachelor of Forestry Science follows a closely prescribed structure, with introductory courses in biology and forestry sciences, and advanced courses in forestry and industry.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Compulsory courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Elective courses

You will also need to complete four elective courses from below in the third and fourth years. It is recommended to complete one in your third year and the other three in your fourth year:

Another 30 points of elective courses at any level must also be completed, usually in your first year. These can be chosen from any degree at UC.

Bachelor of Forestry Science with Honours

Students with a good grade average across their studies will be invited to complete their degree with honours, which adds the course FORE414 Dissertation to their final year.

Bachelor of Forestry Science

Career ready

  • Benefit from hands-on learning with 90 days industry work experience.
  • Gain skills in forestry management, sustainability, marketing, and research.
  • Graduates are working in forest management, conservation, harvesting, wood processing, biosecurity, policy, iwi advisory, and more.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,929
  • International — $39,863

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,713
  • International — $38,325

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study


Bachelor of Forestry Science

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Forestry Science.

Bachelor of Forestry Science

How do I plan my degree?

 

The BForSc requires a total of 480 points:

  • 390 points of compulsory Forestry Science courses (including a 0-point practical work course)
  • 60 points of elective Forestry Science courses
  • 30 points from Science courses or courses from other degrees.

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.

The following years of the degree is made up of 300 points in compulsory courses. During the third and fourth year, you will also complete 45 points of 400-level elective forestry courses.

You will also complete 90 days of practical work placement in forestry, conversation, or forest industry during the summer months of the degree.

The degree takes 4 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Forestry Science.

Studying at other Aotearoa New Zealand universities

It is possible to study the first year of the Bachelor of Forestry Science at other Aotearoa New Zealand universities. If you are considering this option you should consult Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry for your course selection, which would include FORE102 Forests and Societies or FORE105 Forests of the World (available by distance).

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 involves the completion of the research course FORE414 Dissertation.

See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Forestry Science for more information.

Double degrees

It is possible to study a Bachelor of Forestry Science alongside other degrees at the same time, such as the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce.

Find out more information about Double degrees.

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