Jan 31, 2023  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forestry: Forest Science Concentration, BSFOR

About the Program

Learn to apply biological, ecological, economic and social knowledge as you develop and implement sustainable forest management plans. Studies emphasize understanding how forest ecosystems function, the role of natural and human disturbance, and ecosystem resilience. The Forestry major was recently revised to allow students to specialize in one of four concentrations: forest management, forest science, urban forestry, and sustainable biomaterials (the latter is a technology-based degree for making products out of wood).  This major prepares the student for careers with public agencies such as state divisions of forestry or the U.S. Forest Service (forest management concentration), private industry and consulting firms (urban forestry, sustainable biomaterials) and graduate school (forest science). The major is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.


Degree Requirements

124 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (70 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (48-49 credits)

Electives (5-6 credits)

  • Elective - Credit Hours: 6.00

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16-17 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

6 Credits

15 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13 Credits

Spring 4th Year

13-14 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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