Bachelor of Forestry Science

Bachelor of Forestry Science

Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: October 31, April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February, July
International tuition: NZ$36,600
Domestic tuition: NZ$7,645

Program overview

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. The Bachelor of Forestry Science follows a closely prescribed structure, with introductory courses in biology and forestry sciences, and advanced courses in forestry and industry. The BForSc requires a total of 480 points: 390 points of compulsory Forestry Science courses 60 points of optional Forestry Science courses 30 points from Science courses or courses from other degrees. The first year is made up of 90 points in compulsory courses providing a strong base in pure science, which is necessary for the professional study of Forestry Science. The following years of the degree is made up of 300 points in compulsory courses. During the third and fourth year, students will also complete 45 points of 400-level elective forestry courses. All students must also complete 90 days of practical work placement in forestry, conversation, or forest industry during the summer months of the degree. The degree takes 4 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol. It is recommended that you take NCEA Level 3 biology and maths (including statistics and probability) – or the IB/Cambridge equivalent. English language 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; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand