The department offers two degrees: Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.
The Forestry Major Offers Four Concentrations:
Forest Resources Management*
— The forest resources management concentration provides an education related to the management of the broad spectrum of natural resources. In addition to core required courses, there are elective credit hours for broad studies or specialized training in one or more areas of forestry. Examples of specialization include forest biology, forest business management, forest economics, and forest inventory.
The Wildlife and Fisheries Major Offers Two Concentrations:
Wildlife and Fisheries Management
— These students study the science and art of maintaining populations of wild animals at levels consistent with the best interests of both wild species and people. Management goals may be aesthetic, economic, or ecological. Success depends on the field work of wildlife and fisheries biologists and the scholarly application of scientific information.
Restoration and Conservation Science
— This concentration prepares students for a career maintaining and restoring the health of our natural landscapes. The program draws from many disciplines and emphasizes forestry, ecology, soil and waters, and wildlife. Curriculum includes an internship and courses in restoration and conservation, and students may specialize in wildlife habitats, watersheds, ecosystem construction, ecology, or biodiversity.
— This concentration provides training for biologists interested in ensuring the health of wildlife and fisheries populations, conserving wild species, and protecting domestic animals and humans from diseases spread by wildlife. Wildlife health is a challenging aspect of wildlife management, and students are encouraged to continue with a graduate or veterinary degree after completing this undergraduate program.
— This concentration is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, urban forest management, and urban wildlife. Curriculum is designed to prepare graduates who can evaluate, plan, and resolve problems in urban and traditional forests. Foresters work closely with the public and private sector, so development of personnel management and communications skills is highly encouraged.
— This is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to work in natural resource-based recreation settings. Students can obtain specializations in complementary areas such as education, cultural and natural history interpretation, communications and public relations, landscape design and ornamental horticulture, or business and public administration.
* The educational programs in the Forest Resources
Management Concentration and the Wildland Recreation Concentration
leading to the professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Forestry are
accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) under the Forestry Standards.
Multicultural Scholars Program
Learn about our Multicultural Scholars Program
, which focuses on recruiting underserved and underrepresented students majoring in forestry, with specific concentrations in resource management and urban forestry.
The “Fall Block” Experience
Fall Block — also known affectionately as “Fall Camp” — is taken during the fall semester of senior year by students in all concentrations except for Wildland Recreation in the Forestry Major, and Wildlife Health in the Wildlife and Fisheries Science Major. It is an intensive set of classes that are taken together, that are taught in a “block format.” The block format means that students participate in these courses all day long, spending most of their time learning in a field-environment. Each course lasts for as many weeks as there are credits awarded for the vcourse. For example, a one-credit course lasts for one week, a two-credit course lasts for two weeks, etc. The exact sequence of these courses (taught back-to-back) is determined by the faculty and communicated to the students during fall block orientation on the first day of class. s a consequence of the format, no other classes can be taken during this fall block due to the long days spent in the classroom and in the field. Students will receive hands-on training in their respective areas of study, team-building skills, and a wide variety of other forestry or wildlife and fisheries management skills. These skills are explained in the classroom and taught in the field. Many students feel that Fall Block is the most important part of their education.