The Forest Science major will provide you with a detailed understanding of forest systems including forest productivity and ecosystem services.

You will be able to integrate knowledge of forest ecology to address the impacts of climate change on forest systems and the ecosystem goods and services they provide.

We’ll prepare you for employment in a land management related career or for further studies in related coursework masters programs.


Jamie Burton

“The forest science major comprises a range of subjects from botany, ecology and environmental science. My favourite elective subject was Field Botany, a third year summer intensive with a one-week field trip to the Bogong High Plains near Falls Creek. We got to explore the stunning Alpine National Park and learnt valuable skills in plant identification, vegetation assessment and report writing.”


  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates with a major in Forest Science can pursue careers in landscape management positions in government or the private sector, forest and environmental management, land-care and wildlife conservation or forest carbon investment and accounting.

    Employment in Forest Science is projected to remain relatively steady to 2019. Forest Scientists have above average earnings and full-time jobs.

    Mitchell Stephen

    "For those who want experiential learning with industry engagement that leads to real jobs and terrific experiences out in the bush, then I suggest that you undertake the Forest Science Major."

  • Graduate Pathways

    You can pursue graduate studies in the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science, Master of Science, Master of Environment and other graduate degrees preparing you for a wide range of professions.

    Many programs are also available at Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level (such as the Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management).

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Forest Science

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective