Course summary

If a career in recreation, conservation or resource management in a vital global industry interests you, then you should consider this unique degree.

Forestry industries are enormously dynamic and are often key to the success of developing economies. This degree focuses on implementing environmentally-sound practices across a variety of forest environments world-wide.

The Bachelor of Forest Science and Management not only equips you with foundational scientific knowledge in forest systems, it prepares you with the know-how to find solutions. 

You will learn to use contemporary applications in geographic and environmental mapping approaches and information analysis, and study subjects from ecology to policy models, agroforestry to chemistry and more. You will gain hands-on practical skills and experience in the field in a range of native and plantation forest environments.

The course is distinctive for providing graduates with a strong foundation in forest science and incorporates field-based practicums and interactive tutorials. It also focuses on the business aspects of industrial forest management, while acknowledging the importance of alternatives such as small-scale farm forestry, mixed-species plantations and managed private native forests.

The course places an emphasis on field work and includes many trips to native and planted forest types. These provide an opportunity for students to learn key skills in forest science, in evaluating vegetation and planning management options. The NSW Northern Rivers region offers a variety of accessible subtropical environments close to the Lismore campus.

Forestry students have the opportunity to specialise in small or large-scale plantations, restoration forestry, provision of environmental services, wood utilisation, forest inventory and planning, and international forestry.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in forest science and management. Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to native forest, plantation and agroforestry science and management.

Creativity

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving. Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability. Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of forest science and management. Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings. Demonstrate knowledge in several sub-disciplines.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning. Critically reflect on practice. Demonstrate information literacy skills.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in forest science and management contexts. Collaborate effectively with academic, operational and technical workers.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.

Students complete 16 weeks of practical workplace experience during in a forestry-related area including plantation and forested regions across Australia. Students are assisted by work experience coordinator to find paid and/or volunteer work placements that complement their studies. 

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.


Course overview

Course code

3004101

Course abbreviation

BForScMgt

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $30,400 ($3,800 per unit) 019851A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Forest Science and Management students must complete 16 weeks approved work experience and 384 credit points, comprising:

  • all core units, and
  • 84 credit points in elective units.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Environmental Science after completing 96 credit points, comprising 8 core first-year units, with no more than 48 credit points awarded as advanced standing.

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Environmental Science after completing 192 credit points comprising 8 core units and 8 elective units with no more than 96 credit points awarded as advanced standing.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core units

AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced Note 1 Note 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 1 Note 1
ECO00202 - Ecological Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 1 Note 1
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00101 - Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00102 - Measuring Trees and Forests Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
FOR00103 - Native Forest Silviculture Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00105 - Plantation Silviculture Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00107 - Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
FOR00108 - Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
FOR00109 - Forest Modelling and Management Advanced Note 3 Note 3
FOR00110 - Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced Note 1 Note 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 1 Note 1
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO10187 - Science and Global Challenges Introductory Note 1 Note 1

Electives


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 1 Note 1
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 1 Note 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 1 Note 1
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
FOR00102 - Measuring Trees and Forests Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
FOR00103 - Native Forest Silviculture Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
Choose 1 Elective from Elective units
Year 2, Session 2
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00101 - Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00105 - Plantation Silviculture Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
Choose 1 Elective from Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
FOR00107 - Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
Year 3, Session 2
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced Note 1 Note 1
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00108 - Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
FOR00109 - Forest Modelling and Management Advanced Note 3 Note 3
FOR00110 - Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
Choose 2 elective units from Elective units
Year 4, Session 2
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Choose 3 elective units from Elective units

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 1 Note 1
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 1 Note 1
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 1 Note 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
FOR00100 - Fire Ecology and Management Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
FOR00101 - Plant Physiology and Ecology Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Please 1 Elective unit from Elective units
Year 3, Session 1
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
FOR00102 - Measuring Trees and Forests Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
FOR00107 - Forest Health: Pest and Disease Management Intermediate Note 1, Note 2 Note 1, Note 2
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced Note 1 Note 1
FOR00105 - Plantation Silviculture Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
FOR00108 - Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Choose 1 Elective Unit from Elective units
Year 4, Session 1
FOR00109 - Forest Modelling and Management Advanced Note 3 Note 3
FOR00103 - Native Forest Silviculture Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
ECO00202 - Ecological and Environmental Economics for Sustainable Development Intermediate
FOR00104 - Forest Operations Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
Year 4, Session 2
FOR00106 - Wood Science and Utilisation Intermediate Note 1, Note 3 Note 1, Note 3
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Choose 2 Elective Units from Elective units
Year 5, Session 1
FOR00110 - Natural Resources Policy Intermediate
Choose 3 Electives from Elective units

Notes

Note 1: Compulsory Residential for External Students
Note 2: This unit is available in ODD years e.g 2015 & 2017
Note 3: This unit is available in EVEN years e.g 2016 & 2018