Forestry: An Environmental Science

The BSc in Forestry develops graduates who appreciate the need to manage forested areas with due concern for all resources and who have the capability and knowledge to manage forested areas as integrated ecological entities. It focuses primarily on forest management, the protection, manipulation, and use of the forest resource while ensuring that sustainability and other social and cultural needs are met.

The field of forestry embraces topics as diverse as economics, ecology, engineering and conservation. As a consequence, a broad range of career opportunities exist for graduates. Our fully accredited program prepares you for designation as a Registered Professional Forester working in government or industrial organizations or as consultants. To complete the registration process, you apply directly to the appropriate Registered Professional Foresters Association.

Field school exercises provide training in technical aspects of forestry, including forest mensuration, engineering, ecology and silviculture.


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Field Schools

Introductory Field School - taken in first year before classes begin (6 days in length).

Advanced Field School - taken in Spring between 2nd and 3rd year (3 weeks in length).

Summer Employment 
Because of the importance of forest environments in Alberta, there are many summer jobs to take advantage of while completing your forestry degree. These jobs are a valuable way to gain experience and to connect with other professionals in your field. You will also be given the opportunity to combine the teachings of the classroom with your experiences in the forest.

Internships and Co-ops
You may choose to participate in the Faculty Internship Program, in addition to the four-year degree program. Internships allow for the application of classroom theory and knowledge into the real world, where you are paid a competitive salary while working with a government or sector partner.

Professional Accreditation

The Forestry program prepares you to apply to the College of Alberta Professional Foresters for a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation.

Alberta School of Forest Science and Management