BSF in Forestry with Emphasis in Urban 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.  The BS in Forestry with emphasis in Urban Forestry is for students interested in working for cities and other municipalities to maintain the health and appearance of trees found in public places.  Areas of study include plant structure and function, ornamental woody plants, arboriculture and tree  pruning, plant propagation, forest health and protection, and urban wildlife conservation.  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. Urban foresters also work with citizens to plan neighborhood tree plantings, protect trees during development and answer various forestry questions.

Major Program Requirements

Urban forestry seeks the maintenance of vigorous and aesthetic tree systems that enhance urban and suburban environments. The responsibility of the urban forester is to establish, develop and administer tree management systems for metropolitan areas and other population centers.

Students in urban forestry learn communications and public relations skills as well as mid-level management procedures that prepare them to organize, staff, finance, plan and supervise urban forestry programs. Courses in management, administrative strategies and scientific foundations are incorporated into the urban forestry curriculum.

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

Emphasis core requirements
FOREST 3212Forest Health and Protection4
FOREST 3290Urban Forestry2
FOREST 4340Tree Physiology3
or PLNT_S 2125 Plant Structure and Function
or PLNT_S 4315 Crop Physiology
or PLNT_S 4320 Molecular Plant Physiology
PLNT_S 2210Ornamental Woody Plants3
PLNT_S 3230Plant Propagation3
PLNT_S 2254Landscape Design3
PLNT_S 4350Nursery Crop Production and Management4
Unrestricted electives 13-16
Total credits125

Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BSF in Forestry.

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Major and Career Exploration

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  • 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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