The Natural Resource Science program from Thompson Rivers University's goals are met by providing a unique combination of courses covering biology, ecology, scientific methods, and sector-specific resource management skills in a cooperative education format. Students will learn problem solving, oral and written communication skills, and integration of various disciplines in both an independent and team environment.

By understanding the scientific, economic, and social basis of natural resource issues, graduates of the program will be able to effectively interface between diverse interest groups, all having a stake in how our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are managed. Courses and field work dealing with management of the various sectors give students technical skills in a wide variety of management disciplines. Upon graduation, students will have acquired a wide range of technical abilities in assessing the status of ecosystems. This assessment covers aspects such as forestry, fisheries, range, and recreation.


Students are prepared for careers in a wide range of natural resource sector jobs and for further academic study in graduate school.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Principles of Biology 
  • The Science and Management of Natural Resources
  • Composition
  • Dendrology 
  • Calculus for the Biological Sciences 
  • Writing for Science & Technology
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Food Systems at a Local Level
  • Biometrics
  • Chemical Bonding & organic Chemistry

                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:


                                  The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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                                • Minimum required score:


                                  The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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                                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                Academic Requirements

                                General Requirements

                                • English language proficiency requirements

                                Applicants are required to meet minimum English language proficiency requirements for direct entry into academic programs.

                                • Academic requirements

                                Admission requirements vary, but all TRU programs require secondary school completion for academic admission. If you are applying for any academic courses, scanned copies of original/official transcripts (or certified copies) of your secondary school grades and any post-secondary institutions you have attended must be included with this application.

                                • Minimum age

                                Students must be at least 17 years old.

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International

                                  16800 CAD/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 67200 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
                                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                $8400/semester x duration of the program in semesters (1 year = 2 semesters)

                                Living costs for Kamloops

                                • 1240 - 1930 CAD/month
                                  Living Costs

                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                Check the programme website for information about funding options.

                                Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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