BSF in Forestry with Emphasis in Forest Resource Management

Degree Program Requirements

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.  The BS in Forestry with emphasis in Forest Resource Management is for students interested in protecting and restoring wildlife habitats and the environment for future generations.  Areas of study include forest ecology, forest health and protection, forest fire control and use, watershed management, resource policy and administration, forest economics, and silviculture.  Forest Resource Managers often are employed by state and federal agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service, to manage public forests. They are responsible for promoting forest health, increasing biodiversity, protecting endangered species and providing wildlife habitat.  Urban Foresters work for cities and other municipalities. They are responsible for maintaining and improving the health and appearance of trees found in parks and other public spaces. 

Major Program Requirements

Forest resource management is the overall administrative, economic, legal and social aspects and with the essentially scientific and technical aspects, especially silviculture, protection, and forest regulation. This includes management for aesthetics, fish, recreation, urban values, water, wilderness, wildlife, wood products, forest genetic resources and other forest resources values.

The forest resources management emphasis area curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is recognized by the Council on Higher Education as the specialized accrediting body for forestry in the United States.

Courses listed are in addition to the University General Education requirements and forestry major requirements.

Emphasis Core Requirements

FOREST 3212Forest Health and Protection4
FOREST 3207Forest Fire Control and Use2
FOREST 3240Wood Technology3
FOREST 4340Tree Physiology3
or PLNT_S 2125 Plant Structure and Function
or PLNT_S 4315 Crop Physiology
or PLNT_S 4320 Molecular Plant Physiology
FOREST 4360Photogrammetry, Inventory and Models3
FOREST 4380Forest Resource Management3
FOREST 4350Forest Economics3
F_W 4600Ecosystem Management4
Unrestricted electives 10-13
If Forestry 4380 is selected as the capstone course, then another Forestry course must be added to fulfill emphasis requirements.
Total credits125

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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
State Law Course*3AG_EC 1041*3 
BIO_SC 1200^5NAT_R 1070^3 
Soc Sci Elective3GEOL 1100 or 1200^4 
ENGLSH 1000*3MATH 1100*3 
 Humanities Elective*3 
 14 16  
Second Year
FOREST 2151^4SOIL 2100^3FOREST 2540^1
FOREST 3207^2SOIL 2106^2FOREST 2541^1
CHEM 1100*3BIOCHM 2110*3FOREST 2542^1
MATH 1400*3STAT 2530^3FOREST 2543^1
Humanities Elective*3ATM_SC 1050^3FOREST 2544^1
 Humanities Elective*3FOREST 2545^1
 15 17 6
Third Year
FOREST 4320^5FOREST 3212^4 
FOREST 4340^3FOREST 4330^3 
FOREST 4360^3FOREST 4350^3 
NAT_R 3110^3NAT_R 4353^3 
FOREST 3240^3P_R_TR 3231^3 
 17 16  
Fourth Year
FOREST 4390^3NAT_R 4970^3 
FOREST 4380^3NAT_R 4325^3 
F_W 4600^4Electives6 
 13 12  
Total Credits: 126

Denotes General Education Requirement


Denotes Degree Program Requirement

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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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