BSF in Forestry with Emphasis in Individualized Studies

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.  The BS in Forestry with emphasis in Individualized Studies allows students with interest in both forestry and an allied field to obtain a degree in forestry combined with a customized specialization in a field of interest.  The allied field can be, but is not limited to, wildlife biology and management, ecology, environmental science, environmental studies, interpretation of natural resources, environmental law, soils, or geology. The student and their faculty committee will establish their program of study.  Graduates find jobs as a forest pathologist, soil scientist, forestry consultant, recreation coordinator, forest supervisor, wood chemist, wilderness and trails specialist, wildlife biologist and habitat specialists, education specialists, and timberland investor.  Careers are possible as a private consultant for land owners, as a professional in the federal government (US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Park Service and Military) or state agency, or in private industry such as manufacturing. 

Major Program Requirements

This emphasis area allows students with interests in both forestry and an allied field to obtain a degree in forestry combined with a customized specialization in a field of interest. The allied field can be wildlife biology and management, ecology, environmental science, environmental studies, interpretation of natural resources, environmental law, soils or others.

The individualized study program requires completion of 27 credits to be determined by the student and a three-member faculty committee, two of whom must be forestry faculty. Courses listed are in addition to university general education requirements and forestry major requirements.

Emphasis core requirements (27+)
Individualized study program27
Unrestricted electives 8-11
Total credits125

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Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BSF in Forestry.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Explorations

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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