Students who commenced this course prior to 2018 and are planning to complete the Forest Systems major may continue to do so. Students commencing in 2018 or after interested in Forest Science can complete this specialisation within the Ecosystem Science major.
The forest science major provides detailed biological learning in natural and plant sciences and extends this knowledge into the landscape, with a specific focus on forested lands. This major combines biological subjects with those that discuss consequences for practical land management. Drawing on the strengths of the School of Biosciences and the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, this major creates clear pathways to related new generation coursework masters programs like the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science and the Master of Science.
Intended learning outcomes
The objective of the Forest Science Major is to contribute to the academic preparation of graduates who embody the University of Melbourne graduate attributes, as well as additional attributes more specific to the Bachelor of Science. This major provides students with a detailed understanding of forest systems including forest productivity and ecosystem services. This major will enable students to integrate knowledge of forest ecology to address the impacts of climate change on forest systems and the ecosystem goods and services they provide, preparing them for further studies in related coursework masters programs or employment in a land management related profession.