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Dual Degree Program in Forest Sciences and Education

The Dual Degree program in Forestry and Education offers qualified students the opportunity to earn a 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 1506
BIOL 112, 121, and 1408
CHEM 121 (111) and 1238
MATH 100 and 10136
CONS 101 (FRST 100)3
APBI 2003
Total Credits 34 
Second Year 
APBI 244 (or GEOB 204)3
BIOL 2003
BIOL 2013
CHEM 233 and 2354
FRST 200 or NRES 2003
FRST 201 or NRES 2013
FRST 210 or NRES 2103
FRST 211 or NRES 2113
FRST 231 (or BIOL 300)3
Total Credits31
Second Year (Summer) 
EDUC 3191
EDUC 4403
FRST 3504, 5 or FRST 3515,6 immediately preceding third year2
Total Credits4
Third and Fourth Years 
EDCP 352A3
EDST 4013
EPSE 3083
FRST 3023
FRST 3073
FRST 3953
FRST 3993
FRST 4303
FRST 495 or BIOL 4163
LLED 3603
Area of Concentration612
Forestry electives712
Total Credits 54
Third Year (Summer) 
EDUC 3991
LLED 3613
Total Credits 4
Fourth Year (Summer) 
EDST 4031
EDST 4041
EDCP 328 or 4XX3
EPSE 3173
Total Credits 8
Fifth Year 
EDUC 3152
EDUC 42112
EDUC 4301
EDUC 450B3
EDUC 4513
EDUC 452B3
EPSE 3102
EPSE 3111
EDCP 3543
Total Credits 30
Minimum Credits for Dual Degree167
1 ENGL 100 level courses: students in the dual degree should choose courses in both Literature and Composition.
2 Students may take MATH 180, 184 (4 credits) or MATH 110 (6 credits) instead of MATH 100 (3 credits), but the credit difference cannot be applied towards program elective requirements.
3 PHYS 100 is suggested for students who do not have credit for Physics 12.
4 Credit will be given for only one of FRST 350 or FRST 351.
5 Students will be assigned to the most appropriate course based on their levels of forestry and field experience as determined by the course instructors.
6 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: CONS 310, FRST 305, 310, 320, 385, 408; APBI 401, 402. Biodiversity conservation and management: CONS 314, 330, 481, 486, 495; FRST 386; APBI 416. International forestry/sustainability: FRST 411, 415, 439, 444; CONS 330, 425; WOOD 461. Geomatics/mensuration: CONS or NRES 340; FRST or NRES 232, 239, 241, 339, 341, 443 (or GEOS 373), 490; GEOS 370, 479.
7 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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