Forestry (HBSCF)

As part of the Faculty of Natural Resource Management, our Forestry program will provide you with a background in the biological, social and operational fundamentals of forestry and its relationship to our ecosystems. You will gain the business skills, scientific expertise and practical experience needed to solve modern conservation and sustainability challenges.

Our Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry shares a common curriculum with the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management for the first two years, exposing you to various topics including:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Wildlife habitat management
  • Water/forest interactions
  • Natural resources policy
  • Geographical information systems
  • First Nations forestry

This well-rounded approach to our program allows you to develop your interests before specializing in one of three areas in Forestry after your second year:

  • Forest Management
  • Forest Health and Protection
  • Wood Science

While each specialization focuses on different subjects, they all seek to understand and maintain the natural integrity of our forests. We also offer a Co-Operative Education program if you are interested in gaining experience that surpasses typical fieldwork and research opportunities. 

Lakehead Advantage

Our location in the heart of Northwestern Ontario, surrounded by diverse forests, lakes and other unique geographical features, makes Lakehead University the ideal institution to learn about Forestry. We maintain great relationships with regional organizations dedicated to ecological health and outdoor education, facilitating experiential learning and fieldwork opportunities in one of the most beautiful and diverse forests Canada has to offer.

Each year, employers from across Canada visit our campus to recruit due to our great reputation for providing students with the hands-on experience needed to excel in the workforce. As a graduate, you will have your pick of exciting career opportunities in Thunder Bay and beyond.

Our Honours Bachelor of Forestry degree is nationally accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, meaning you will meet the academic requirements of membership for a number of professional forest associations across Canada. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to receive your Registered Professional Forester (RPD) designation and become a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry.  This feature is unique to Lakehead University and provides you with an impressive professional advantage.

What our Students Say

Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry London, ON Inaugural recipient of the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry (2013) I graduated from Lakehead in 2011 with an Honours Bachelor of...




Forestry (HBSCF)

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Forestry Etobicoke, ON I chose Lakehead, Thunder Bay campus, due to the unique program I am in, but also due to its scenic campus, great entrance scholarship opportunities, and the greater distance...




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