Forestry Technician Diploma to Bachelor of Science (Natural Science major) Degree Transfer Program

Program Information

Our program emphasizes field biology, and integrates many experiential learning opportunities including lab work and research internships. Each year you will have the flexibility to choose electives from other Faculties to supplement your Biology education, and gain a well-rounded and multidisciplinary understanding of living organisms and the environment. Our location in the Boreal Forest makes Lakehead University the ideal institution to study Natural Science. We host intensive local field trips for our undergraduate students, making the most of the environment and wildlife available to us. Many other universities have to travel to get this experience, we can host our field trips within the 3 hours allotted for a class or a lab.

How the Transfer Program Works

You enter into Year 2 of the three-year Bachelor of Science (Natural Science major) program, and can complete your degree in as little as two years. 

To see the courses that are part of the program, refer to our Academic Calendar and select:

  1. Programs & Faculties from the menu,
  2. Undergraduate Programs from the Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies section, 
  3. Biology Programs from the list of programs, and 
  4. BSc (Natural Science Major) as well as BSc (Natural Science Major) College Transfer Program

Admission Requirements

To be consider for admission, you must:

  • Complete a two-year Forestry Technician Diploma from an accredited Canadian college, and
  • Achieve a final average of at least 60% in the final year of your diploma program.  

Application Process

To apply, please:

  1. Use the Undergrad (105) application
    1. You may need to create an account first, if you have never applied using the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) before. 
    2. Find more information on applying via the 105 application
  2. Select the program Natural Science (Pathways with All Ontario Colleges) (Thunder Bay Campus only)The OUAC program code is ABG.
  3. As you proceed through the application process, use the Online Transcript Request to have your transcript(s) sent to us, if applicable: 
    1. We require all of your post-secondary transcripts (i.e. from all colleges and universities attended).
    2. We do not require your high school transcript.
    3. Some colleges do not add in progress courses to their transcripts. If you are currently completing courses, you are encouraged to upload a screenshot of your upcoming winter term courses to your myInfo account. You will receive your myInfo login credentials in an acknowledgement email from us upon receipt of your application (which can take a few days after you apply using the OUAC).

Who Can I Contact If I Need Assistance?

If you have questions about the transfer program, and/or your application statuscontact Student Central.  

If you encounter issues with the application and/or requesting online transcripts, contact the OUAC

If you cannot access myInfo (our student information portal), try to recover your account first. If that does not work, contact Student Central


Learn more about the fees (e.g. application, transcript, document evaluation, etc.) that the OUAC charges

Learn more about the tuition & student fees for your transfer program. Keep in mind that the upcoming school year's fees are not available until June. Before June, you will most likely see last year's amounts. Refer to the Academic Year field if you are unsure.  

To help fund your education, learn more about our scholarships, bursaries and awards

If you are interested in applying for the Ontario Student Assistance Program, learn more about the program and its criteria

Other Important Information

Take a look at our College & University Transfer Guide

Check out our campus. You can take a virtual tour, or you can book a campus tour

We also host numerous events throughout the year. We encourage you to attend one of our events to learn more about the transfer program.