Forest Science

Forest Science

Course summary

Working towards environmentally sound forest ecosystems. Forests have many functions: they protect from avalanches and rock fall, yield wood for building or other purposes and are a source of renewable fuel. They serve as recreation areas for people and as habitats for plants and animals. Finally, they also store water and carbon.
More than ever, there is a need for well-educated experts who can reconcile the social, economic and ecological demands placed on forests.

Studying practically
In addition to a deep theoretical foundation, students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills through directly relevant practice, for example on excursions in Switzerland and abroad, by researching case studies or while writing academic papers. This not only brings variety in their studies, but provides them with valuable experience, much appreciated by possible employers.

Attractive majors
The BFH-HAFL bachelor’s degree is the only programme in Switzerland dedicated solely to forest science. It comprises three majors:

  • Forests & Society
  • Mountain Forests & Natural Hazards
  • Forests & the Timber Industry

Furthermore, students can enhance their professional skills with two minors: Management & Leadership or Teaching & Advising.


Title / Qualification Bachelor of Science in Forest Science
MajorsForests & Society
Mountain Forests & Natural Hazards
Forests & the Timber Industry
Program study options Full or part-time/in conjunction with a job
Language(s) of instruction German/French
Campus(es) Zollikofen
Professional qualification yes
Course begins Week 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Bachelor program
Subsequent master program Master of Science in Life Sciences - Agricultural and Forest Sciences
Special featuresThe only study programme in Switzerland dedicated solely to forest science.


BFH Forestry graduates are qualified to manage forest ecosystems in an environmentally sound way, at national and international level. Their possible areas of activity are as exciting as they are varied:

  • managing nature reserve projects or larger forest companies
  • working at management level in forestry services or nature conservation authorities
  • working in specialist environmental or engineering firms
  • taking on positions of responsibility in marketing organisations or industry associations
  • working in education and consultancy

Detailed information

BSc Forest Science

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Head of degree programme

Dr. Bernhard Pauli

T +41 31 910 21 07