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Course summary

The Bachelor of Forest Science focuses on implementing environmentally-sound practices across a variety of forest environments world-wide.

The course builds skills and an understanding of the multifaceted aspects of sustainable forestry management. You'll 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. The course 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.

You will gain hands-on practical skills and experience in the field in a range of native and plantation forest environments and learn how to use high tech applications in geographic and environmental mapping and analysis.

Changes in the industry drive a continuing demand for degree-qualified foresters able to work in production, conservation and restoration forestry.



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Production Forestry
This major qualifies you to work in forestry production, product development and marketing of timber. Subjects of study include plant physiology, forest health, silviculture, agroforestry, wood science, and product development.

Conservation Forestry
This major focuses on conservation of forest landscapes. Subjects include plant identification, wildlife conservation, natural resource policy and protected area management. This enables you to work effectively in fields related to conservation and management of forests such as State Forests and National Parks.

Shared majors You can do a shared major as part of this degree.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

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.


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.

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

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.

Most lectures and tutorials are taught via online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

The course includes compulsory residential teaching periods at Lismore, which include lab and field work that all students must attend. These occur in the middle of sessions 1 and 2.

Please note: Online students must attend the compulsory residential workshops at Lismore.

In field forestry in plantation establishment and management, use of geographic information systems, natural resource management and environmental planning, native forest management, fire prevention and control, forest resource assessment, policy development, pest and disease management, agroforestry and farm forestry advisory services, forest growth modelling and yield prediction, protected area management, international forestry focused on developing countries, reserve management, and forestry research.

Degree-qualified foresters gain positions in production, conservation and restoration forestry. Native forests require managers in forest agencies and national parks where the focus is on fire management, weed and feral animal control and other important issues.

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.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'