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The Bachelor of Forestry Science (BForSc) is a professional degree offered by the New Zealand School of Forestry. It is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for managing forest resources by combining the study of core science courses with management, commerce and technologies.
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.
Features of the Bachelor of Forestry Science at UC
- Four-year professional degree that is unique in New Zealand
- A balance of theoretical and hands-on practical work, including field trips to sites around New Zealand
- 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.
Qualification structure and duration
The BForSc requires a total of 480 points over four years. The first year provides a substantial base in pure science which is necessary for the professional study of Forestry Science.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
The BForSc 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.
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.