The Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc) is a professional degree offered by Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry. It is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares our graduates for managing forest resources by combining the study of core science courses with management, commerce, and technologies.
Forestry Science graduates are highly sought after by employers and follow exciting and rewarding career paths. As a graduate, you can choose a career in commercial forestry, conservation and restoration ecology, research, or policy and planning in Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.
If you care about the management of natural resources and are interested in being part of a huge worldwide industry, of particular national relevance to Aotearoa, then forestry could be for you.
- UC is the only Aotearoa New Zealand university to offer a professional degree in Forestry.
- UC is located near plantations and native forests, which are used for both teaching and research, and students are able to visit other forestry organisations throughout the country.
- The School has exchange programmes with the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the USA, which allow students to complete one or two semesters of their BForSc studies at those universities while paying UC fees.
- The BForSc equips you with a broad understanding of natural resource management issues. During the course of your studies you can specialise in a range of areas including forest engineering, wood science, forest management, forest science, forest marketing and finance, commerce, and conservation management.
- Small class sizes make the BForSc a friendly and social programme, and the Forestry Students' Society (FORSOC) organises social functions throughout the year.
- UC Forestry students may be eligible for forestry industry scholarships. For more information, contact Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry.
- You may also enrol for both Forestry and Commerce, or Forestry and Science degrees, at the same time (double degree), or complete a Commerce degree with a strong Forestry emphasis.
Research and fieldwork
Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry has excellent teaching and research facilities, and opportunities to work in the field are maximised. UC's field stations located near Arthur's Pass and at Kawatiri Westport are used for Forestry teaching and research.
Staff are actively engaged in research on forest management, conservation and restoration ecology, biology, silviculture, biosecurity, geospatial applications, tree and forest modelling, tree breeding, economics, harvesting and transport, timber processing, and marketing.
Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry is part of Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering, and has strong links with Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture | College of Business and Law, and Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science, which ensures that students receive a broad education and graduate with a wide range of career options.
The Bachelor of Forestry Science is open to all students who gain entry to the University. It is recommended that prospective students take NCEA Level 3 biology and maths, including statistics and probability – or the IB/Cambridge equivalent.
You may be able to fast-track your degree and gain direct entry to the second year, if you have excellent Year 13 results or a New Zealand Certificate in Science with outstanding merit. It is possible to gain exemption for parts of the Forestry examinations with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a New Zealand Diploma in Forestry with outstanding merit.
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 UC Headstart preparatory course over summer.
UC offers a Bachelor of Forestry Science, which focuses on the management and maintenance of forest resources.
Bachelor of Forestry Science
See the Bachelor of Forestry Science for the compulsory courses in the degree.
The first year is best taken at UC, although it may be taken at any Aotearoa New Zealand university. Students considering studying the first year of their degree at another Aotearoa university should consult the School of Forestry | Te Kura Ngahere for their course selection, which would include the distance courses FORE 102 Forests and Societies or FORE 105 Forests of the World.
Students who attain a good Grade Point Average during the second and third years will be invited to consider undertaking Honours in the final year of the degree. Those who choose to do so also complete a piece of original research on a Forestry topic of choice.
The degree is very well supported by employers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Students are able to make employer contacts through New Zealand Institute of Forestry meetings and lectures on campus. These contacts can also provide summer work opportunities.
Some of the biggest companies in Aotearoa hire UC graduates and many students obtain work overseas. Of those choosing to enter the workforce, the majority of our graduates are employed by the time they finish their degree.
Possible careers include forest management or consultancy (plantation and native forests), conservation, harvesting, wood processing, planning, policy, forest science, timber appraisal, biosecurity, forest economics, sustainability, and land management.
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