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 Requirements33
MATH 1100College Algebra3
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
State Law Requirement (satisfies 3 credits of the Behavioral/Social Science Distribution of Content)
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
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 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or AG_EC 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
P_R_TR 3231Principles of Interpretive Outdoor Recreation3
Department Prerequisites that also satisfy 9 credits of the Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Distribution of Content
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
BIOCHM 2110The Living World: Molecular Scale3
or BIOCHM 2112 Biotechnology in Society
Humanities and/or Fine Arts Distribution of Content9
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 Requirements18-21
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
PLNT_S 2110Plants and their Cultivation3
GEOL 1100Principles of Geology with Laboratory4
or GEOL 1200 Environmental Geology with Laboratory
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3
NAT_R 1070Ecology and Renewable Resource Management3
Department Professional Core Requirements31
STAT 2530Statistical Methods in Natural Resources3
NAT_R 3110Natural Resource Biometrics3
NAT_R 3290Hydrologic Measurement Techniques1
NAT_R 4325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
FOREST 2151Dendrology4
FOREST 4320Forest Ecology5
FOREST 4330Practice of Silviculture3
FOREST 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
Senior Capstone Course: Choose One of the following
FOREST 4380Forest 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 Core5
FOREST 2541Forest Utilization1
FOREST 2542Forest Measurement and Inventory1
FOREST 2543Forest Ecology Field Studies1
FOREST 2544Introduction to Silviculture and Management1
FOREST 2545Forest Management Planning1
Emphasis Area
Depending upon the emphasis area chosen, a student will work with a forestry faculty advisor to fulfill the graduation requirement of 125 credits.

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
ATM_SC 10503AG_EC 10413 
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 11003 
ENGLSH 10003NAT_R 10703 
MATH 11003GEOL 11004 
 History or Political Science 3 
 14 16  
Second Year
FOREST 21514FOREST 32124FOREST 25411
FOREST 32072STAT 25303FOREST 25421
FOREST 32403SOIL 21003FOREST 25431
BIOCHM 21103SOIL 21062FOREST 25441
MATH 14003Humanities Elective3FOREST 25451
 15 15 5
Third Year
FOREST 43205FOREST 43303 
NAT_R 31103NAT_R 43533 
FOREST 43603P_R_TR 32313 
FOREST 43403FOREST 43503 
Humanities Elective3Humanities Elective3 
 17 15  
Fourth Year
FOREST 43903NAT_R 49703 
FOREST 43803Social Science Elective3 
F_W 46004Additional Electives8 
NAT_R 32901  
Additional Electives6  
 17 14  
Total Credits: 128

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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