Dual Degree Program in Forest Sciences and Education

The Dual Degree program in Forestry and Education offers qualified students the opportunity to earn a B.Sc.in Forest Sciences and B.Ed. in Secondary Education (Biological Sciences Specialization), in five winter sessions with some academic requirements in some of the Summer sessions. After completing all the requirements, students are normally eligible for a British Columbia Professional Teaching Certificate.


Admission to the Dual Degree program requires application to the Forestry Student Services Office by the first week of February of second year with approval by April in order to undertake a teaching practicum at the end of second year.

Application for admission can be found online on the Faculty of Forestry website or at the Forestry Student Services Office. Students apply in early February of their second year and must receive approval from the Faculty of Forestry and the Faculty of Education. All students whose applications are successful will be admitted to the Faculty of Education beginning Summer Session, following Winter Session, Year 2. Continuation will require successful completion of both year two of the Forest Sciences and the in-school practicum in Summer following second year.

Admission at any time is conditional; maintenance of good academic standing and an average of at least 65% in each session are required throughout. In addition, students must participate in volunteer or work experience with youth aged 13-18 to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Education program. Students must satisfy all of the degree and specialization requirements for both the Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences and the Bachelor of Education Secondary program. Some individual courses may be considered to satisfy requirements for both degrees.

Students must communicate with an advisor in the Forestry Student Services Office or the Forest Sciences Program Director and the Teacher Education Office annually after admission to the program to discuss their progress.

First Year
ENGL 100-level1 or FRST 150 6
BIOL 111, 121, and 1402 8
CHEM 121 (111) and 123 8
MATH 100 and 101 or MATH 102 and 1033 6
CONS 101 (FRST 100) 3
APBI 200 3
Total Credits 34
Second Year
APBI 244 (or GEOB 204) 3
BIOL 200 3
BIOL 201 3
CHEM 233 and 235 4
FRST 200 3
FRST 201 3
FRST 210 3
FRST 211 3
FRST 231 (or BIOL 300) 3
Elective4 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year (Summer)
EDUC 319 1
EDUC 440 3
Total Credits 4
FRST 3504, 5 or FRST 3515,6 immediately preceding third year 2
Third and Fourth Years
EDCP 352A 3
EDST 401 3
EPSE 308 3
FRST 302 3
FRST 307 3
FRST 395 3
FRST 399 3
FRST 430 3
FRST 495 or BIOL 416 3
LLED 360 3
Area of Concentration 12
Forestry electives 8 12
Total Credits 54
Third Year (Summer)
EDUC 399 1
LLED 361 3
Total Credits 4
Fourth Year (Summer)
EDST 403 1
EDST 404 1
EDCP 328 or 4XX 3
EPSE 317 3
Total Credits 8
Fifth Year
EDUC 315 2
EDUC 421 12
EDUC 430 1
EDUC 450B 3
EDUC 451 3
EDUC 452B 3
EPSE 310 2
EPSE 311 1
EDCP 354 3
Total Credits 30
Minimum Credits for Dual Degree 167
1 ENGL 100 level courses: students in the dual degree should choose courses in both Literature and Composition.
2 Students with Biology 12 should replace BIOL 111 with BIOL 112.
3 Students may take MATH 180, 184 (4 credits) or MATH 110 (6 credits) instead of MATH 100 or 102 (3 credits), but the credit difference cannot be applied towards program elective requirements.
4 PHYS 100 is suggested for students who do not have credit for Physics 12.
5 Credit will be given for only one of FRST 350 or FRST 351.
6 Students will be assigned to the most appropriate course based on their levels of forestry and field experience as determined by the course instructors.
7 Students will choose 12 credits from one of the groupings below for their Area of Concentration. Substitutions may be allowed at the discretion of the Director of the Forest Sciences Program. Plant genetics/genomics/physiology: CONS 302; FRST 311, 413, 432; APBI 318; BIOL 335, 338, 352. Forest ecology and management: FRST 305, 310, 320, 385, 408; APBI 401, 402. Biodiversity conservation and management: CONS 330, 481, 486, 495; FRST 386; APBI 416. International forestry/sustainability: FRST 411, 415, 439, 444; CONS 330, 425; WOOD 461. Geomatics/mensuration: CONS 340; FRST 232, 239, 339, 443 (or GEOB 373), 490; GEOB 370, 479.
8 All 300- and 400-level APBI, CONS, FRST and UFOR courses that are not specifically required for the program are eligible as Forestry electives as long as students have the necessary prerequisites.

Please note that Education courses sequence may vary where necessary in order to accommodate students’ Forest Sciences schedule when needed.

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