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Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc)
Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc)

Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc)

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • The BForSc is open to all students who gain 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 12 chemistry or Year 13 statistics, or if you feel you have a weak background in these subjects, you should consider enrolling in a Headstart preparatory course over summer.
  • 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.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

The Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc) is a professional degree offered by the Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry. It is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for managing forest resources by combining core science courses with management, commerce, and technology.

Small classes and field trips make for an engaging and rewarding learning experience at UC. Forestry Science graduates are highly sought after by employers and follow exciting and rewarding career paths.

  • Four-year professional degree that is unique in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • A balance of theoretical and hands-on practical work, including field trips to sites around Aotearoa.
  • Exchange programmes with top Forestry schools in Canada and the United States.
  • Small classes create a high-quality learning environment.
  • The School has strong employer links and our graduates enjoy above-average employment rates.
  • Possible careers include forest management (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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Year 1

  • FORE 111 Trees, Forests and the Environment
  • FORE 131 Trees in the Landscape
  • FORE 141 Forest Growth and Measurements
  • FORE 151 Commercial Aspects of Forestry
  • BIOL 112 Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
  • STAT 101 Statistics 1

Year 2

  • FORE 205 Introduction to Forest Engineering
  • FORE 215 Introduction to Forest Economics
  • FORE 218 Forestry Biology
  • FORE 219 Introduction to Silviculture
  • FORE 222 Biometry 1a
  • FORE 224 Biometry 1b
  • SOIL 203 Soil Fertility

Year 3

  • FORE 307 Plantation Silviculture
  • FORE 316 Forest Management
  • FORE 327 Wood Science
  • FORE 342 Geospatial Science in Forest Monitoring and Management

Year 4

  • FORE 419 Management Case Study
  • FORE 422 Forest Harvest Planning
  • FORE 447 Environmental Forestry

Optional courses

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

  • FORE 423 Forest Transportation and Road Design
  • FORE 426 Forest Products Marketing and International Trade
  • FORE 435 Forest Economics 2
  • FORE 436 Forest Tree Breeding
  • FORE 443 Biosecurity Risk Management
  • FORE 475 Independent Course of Study

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 FORE 414 Dissertation to their final year.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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