Bachelor of Science in Forestry
Why Study Forestry?
Forests are a source of environmental, economic and social value for everyone. Maintaining these values requires knowledge of natural dynamics and the ability to design management strategies over large land areas and very long time horizons. The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BScF) program prepares professionals to work in complex situations where the goals of management, as determined by present society, must be balanced with the conservation of native species and their habitats.
Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
The RPF designation is what you require to work as a Professional Forester in Canada. As an RPF, you can decide when, where, and how the forest should be harvested and replanted in ways that sustain its resources and protect wildlife. Adding the RPF option to your program will give you advanced training in:
- Forest Watershed & Fire Management
- Communities & Ecosystems
- Management of Insects & Fungi
- Forest Vegetation & Plant Physiology
This route gives you double accreditation as a Forester and an RPF, bridging the gap between the two professions, and giving you an advantage when it comes to making career decisions. See the UNB Undergraduate Calendar for details.
The Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management recognizes diversity of Forestry practice. Students may enroll in the following minors:
- Computer Applications
- Forest Environment
- Forest Science
- Wood Products
See the UNB Undergraduate Calendar for details.
Co-op Internship Program (CIP)
Work experience is an important part of professional development for BScF students. In support of this, the Faculty offers the opportunity of participation in a Co-op Internship Program for a period of 8 to 16 months.
The program is open to continuing students who are currently in good academic standing provided they have completed the first year (38 credit hours), and have at least one year remaining in the degree program.
See the UNB Undergraduate Calendar for details.
What Can You Be With a Bachelor of Science in Forestry?
- Forest Health Manager
- Wildlife Manager
- Recreational Designer
- Harvesting & Road Construction Supervisor
- Wood Purchase Supervisor
- Research Assistant
- Silviculture Supervisor
- City Forester
- Ecosystem Resource Manager
- Geographic Information System Analyst
- Forest Spatial Database Specialist
- Research Crew Leader
- Entry Level Forester
- Harvest Planner
- Reforestation Consultant
Search for Careers for more career possibilities.
With additional education/training…
- University/College Professor
- Environmental Scientist
- Urban Planner
Where Can You Work?
- Forest Industry
- Governmen Departments, such as Natural Resources
- Non-profit organizations, such as Ducks Unlimited
- Private tree care/landscaping companies
- Pulp and paper manufacturers
What Skills Can You Develop?
- Resolve social conflicts associated with issues of environmental and forested landscape management
- Assess changes in forested landscapes over time and present this information for public evaluation
- Inform and educate society as to the natural dynamics and impacts of various management strategies on the forest ecosystem
- Take a leadership role in formulating strategies to provide for the flow of goods and services from the forest while protecting the ecosystem
- Manage time and plan work effectively
- Make decisions and stand by them
- Relate to a wide range of people
- Highly developed calculation and computing skills
- Keen awareness of issues of health and safety
- Excellent oral and written skills
Professional Associations & Resources
Professional associations can be a great way to meet, learn from and network with professionals in your field of interest. Some associations offer student memberships, often at a reduced rate. Below is a sample of professional associations you can explore.
- Ontario Forestry Association
- Ordre des ingenieurs forestiers du Quebec
- Registered Professional Foresters Association of Nova Scotia
- Society of American Foresters
- The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
- The Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick
- The Ontario Professional Foresters Association
- The Wildlife Society
- Ask a forester
- Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board
- Canadian Forestry Association
- Canadian Institute of Forestry
- College of Alberta Professional Foresters
- College of Applied Biology of British Columbia
- GoForestry.ca Useful website of information for people interested in a career in forestry.
- National Aboriginal Forestry Association
For links to additional resource, visit the Bachelor of Science in Forestry website.
Contact the Faculty
UNB Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management
28 Dineen Drive
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3