May 25, 2022
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.
124 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (70 credits)
Required Major Courses (58 credits)
Major Selectives (12 credits)
- Forest Health Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Forest Science Concentration Selective - Credit Hours: 9.00
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)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- 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
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