Your degree in Forest Sciences

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Forest Sciences, you’re developing interdisciplinary skills to analyze issues impacting complex forest ecosystems, the ecology of living organisms, and how they interact with non-living elements. You’re also exploring how people can live in a more sustainable way from a scientific perspective.

Project and experimental design

  • Hypothesis formulation and testing
  • Laboratory experimentation
  • Field trial design and implementation
  • Safety protocols

Data gathering in the field and laboratory

You’ll learn field sampling techniques in disciplines such as:

  • Forest and landscape ecology
  • Disturbance ecology (entomology, pathology, fire ecology)
  • Below-ground ecology
  • Wildlife and fish ecology and management
  • Tree physiology and genetics
  • Climate change

You may also gain laboratory and analytical techniques such as:

  • Quantitative chemical analyses
  • Genetic/genomic analyses
  • Data manipulation and analyses
    • Remote sensing and geographic information systems
    • Statistics and biometry
    • Computer programming and modeling
  • Writing and interpretation
    • Critical thought and quantitative reasoning
    • Contextualization/synthesis with scientific literature
    • Interdisciplinary application of biological theories, practices and ethics
    • Technical report writing

Career possibilities

Career possibilities for Forest Sciences graduates span a range of industries, including government, research, business, and non-profit.

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including climate change and sustainability consulting, research, education, data science, biodiversity, waste management, air and water quality, food production, resource management, and others.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Biologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Botanist
  • Conservation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental health officer
  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental risk assessor
  • Field technician
  • Fisheries technician
  • Forester
  • GIS Technician
  • Laboratory manager
  • Marine biologist
  • Mycologist
  • Natural resources policy analyst
  • Park naturalist
  • Plant scientist
  • Researcher
  • Scientific writer
  • Soil scientist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Water and wastewater technician
  • Wildlife biologist

Make the most of your degree

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your understanding of your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on Linkedin

Find UBC Forest Sciences graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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