The forestry profession is a broad and exciting field that spans and incorporates biological, physical, ecological, and managerial sciences. Being a forester requires a deep commitment to understanding and appreciating the state’s, country’s, and world’s forest resources. Forests are among the world’s most precious natural resources and must be skillfully managed to meet the wants and needs for future generations.
Foresters today must be prepared to manage for the multiple amenities forests offer, both consumptive and non-consumptive. Foresters are employed by local, state, and federal government agencies, industrial forest products corporations, and a number of private consulting firms.
The Forestry Major is generally favored by those wanting a career in the forest products industry, federal or state agencies, or forestry consulting. The Forestry program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education recognize the SAF as the accrediting body for forestry in the United States. Graduates also qualify as a forester on the Federal Register.
Coursework leading to the Bachelor of Science in Forestry include biological and ecological sciences, quantitative and managerial sciences, and general education requirements.