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Course summary

If a career in recreation, conservation or resource management in a vital global industry interests you, then you should consider this unique degree.

Forestry industries are enormously dynamic and are often key to the success of developing economies. This degree focuses on implementing environmentally-sound practices across a variety of forest environments world-wide.

The Bachelor of Forest Science and Management not only equips you with foundational scientific knowledge in forest systems, it prepares you with the know-how to find solutions. 

You will learn to use contemporary applications in geographic and environmental mapping approaches and information analysis, and study subjects from ecology to policy models, agroforestry to chemistry and more. You will gain hands-on practical skills and experience in the field in a range of native and plantation forest environments.



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The course is distinctive for providing graduates with a strong foundation in forest science and incorporates field-based practicums and interactive tutorials. It 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.

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.

Forestry students 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.

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.

This course places an emphasis on field work and includes many trips to native and planted forest types. 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.

Changes in the industry drive a continuing demand for degree-qualified foresters able to work in production, conservation and restoration forestry. Native forests continue to be important sources of high-value wood and require managers in public 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'