BSF in Forestry
Degree Program Description
Being a forester is more than just working with trees. Foresters are stewards of the land. They not only care about the trees, but they also care about the land the trees grow on and the other plants and animals that live in the forest. Forestry combines interests in protecting wildlife habitat and the environment while meeting the ever-growing human demand for wood products, clean water, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty. Some forestry careers include Forest resource managers, urban foresters, and forest resource entrepreneurs.
Major Program Requirements
Forestry is the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing forests and associated resources, in a sustainable manner, to meet desired societal goals. The challenge of forestry is to create systems that are socially accepted while sustaining the resources and any other resources that might be affected. Forestry has elements that belong to the biological, physical, social, political and managerial sciences. Forest ecosystems have come to be seen as the most important component of the biosphere and forestry has emerged as a vital applied science, craft, and technology.
The forestry majors requires the successful completion of 125 credits. In addition to the University General Education requirements, students must meet the forestry major requirements outlined below, as well as the additional requirements of their chosen emphasis area.
Students enrolled in forestry are required to attend a specialized, five-week, summer field session. This session includes courses for 5 credits and is recommended between the sophomore and junior years.
|University Core Requirements||33|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation||3|
|State Law Requirement (satisfies 3 credits of the Behavioral/Social Science Distribution of Content)|
|HIST 1100||Survey of American History to 1865||3|
|or HIST 1200||Survey of American History Since 1865|
|or POL_SC 1100||American Government|
|Department Prerequisites that also satisfy 6 credits of the Behavioral/Social Science Distribution of Content|
|AG_EC 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or AG_EC 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|P_R_TR 3231||Principles of Interpretive Outdoor Recreation||3|
|Department Prerequisites that also satisfy 9 credits of the Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Distribution of Content|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|CHEM 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab||3|
|BIOCHM 2110||The Living World: Molecular Scale||3|
|or BIOCHM 2112||Biotechnology in Society|
|Humanities and/or Fine Arts Distribution of Content||9|
|The University core includes a Writing Intensive (WI) requirement. Students must complete at least 2 WI courses. One course may be from anywhere in the university curriculum and an additional WI course numbered 3000 or above must be within the major field of study. These courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.|
|Department Science Core Requirements||18-21|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|PLNT_S 2110||Plants and their Cultivation||3|
|GEOL 1100||Principles of Geology with Laboratory||4|
|or GEOL 1200||Environmental Geology with Laboratory|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3|
|NAT_R 1070||Ecology and Renewable Resource Management||3|
|Department Professional Core Requirements||31|
|STAT 2530||Statistical Methods in Natural Resources||3|
|NAT_R 3110||Natural Resource Biometrics||3|
|NAT_R 3290||Hydrologic Measurement Techniques||1|
|NAT_R 4325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology||5|
|FOREST 4330||Practice of Silviculture||3|
|FOREST 4390||Watershed Management and Water Quality||3|
|Senior Capstone Course: Choose One of the following|
|FOREST 4380||Forest Resource Management (The following options must be taken for 3 credits)||3|
|or FOREST 4940||Forestry Internship|
|or FOREST 4994||Senior Honors Research in Forestry|
|or FOREST 4995||Senior Honors Research in Forestry|
|Note: If Forestry 4380 is not taken as the capstone, it must be taken if the student is enrolled in the Forest Resource Management or Forest Resource Entrepreneurship emphasis area.|
|Departmental Field Studies Core||5|
|FOREST 2541||Forest Utilization||1|
|FOREST 2542||Forest Measurement and Inventory||1|
|FOREST 2543||Forest Ecology Field Studies||1|
|FOREST 2544||Introduction to Silviculture and Management||1|
|FOREST 2545||Forest Management Planning||1|
|Depending upon the emphasis area chosen, a student will work with a forestry faculty advisor to fulfill the graduation requirement of 125 credits.|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ATM_SC 1050||3||AG_EC 1041||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||5||CHEM 1100||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||NAT_R 1070||3|
|MATH 1100||3||GEOL 1100||4|
|History or Political Science||3|
|FOREST 2151||4||FOREST 3212||4||FOREST 2541||1|
|FOREST 3207||2||STAT 2530||3||FOREST 2542||1|
|FOREST 3240||3||SOIL 2100||3||FOREST 2543||1|
|BIOCHM 2110||3||SOIL 2106||2||FOREST 2544||1|
|MATH 1400||3||Humanities Elective||3||FOREST 2545||1|
|FOREST 4320||5||FOREST 4330||3|
|NAT_R 3110||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|FOREST 4360||3||P_R_TR 3231||3|
|FOREST 4340||3||FOREST 4350||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||Humanities Elective||3|
|FOREST 4390||3||NAT_R 4970||3|
|FOREST 4380||3||Social Science Elective||3|
|F_W 4600||4||Additional Electives||8|
|Total Credits: 128|
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