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Forestry
Degree Paths


Forestry majors will learn to actively plan, observe and manage the health of the entire forest ecosystem with an emphasis on active management to accommodate, prevent and mitigate forest disturbances as part of a forest management plan.

Landscape Process option

The landscape processes option focuses on managing for forest disturbance processes including wildfire, landslides, insects and disease. Graduates will have the knowledge and the skillset to incorporate natural processes, including disturbance, into active forest management planning. This option prepares students to prevent or mitigate damage resulting from disturbances or to use disturbance processes purposefully to achieve management objectives. Disturbance processes are important considerations in any actively managed forest, regardless of the specific management objective. These skills will be particularly important for managing forests at the landscape scale and in the face of uncertainty and rapid change including in climate or land use patterns.

Management option

The management option focuses on the biological, ecological and economic characteristics of forests and society. Students gain knowledge and experience in active forest management, including monitoring the health of forests and natural resources, maintaining species inventory, timber cruising, planning and executing harvesting operations, focusing on conservation and sustainability of natural resources such as wildlife, and protecting the forest from harmful weeds, insects, disease, erosion and fire.

Operations option

Students in the operations option focus on the business and timber harvesting side of forestry. Students learn how to actively manage lands with economic efficiency and with evolving markets and policy to provide timber and fiber for the nation. To achieve program goals, the curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations. The curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations. As part of the curriculum, students earn a business minor, which enhances their skills in accounting, finance, business law and organizational behavior.

Careers


Check out just a few of the possible career paths for Forestry majors.

Professional Forester,
Forest Manager

Manage our forest lands

Foresters and forest managers are concerned with the overall administrative, economic, legal and social aspects and with the essentially scientific and technical aspects, especially silviculture, protection, and forest regulation. Foresters are multitaskers, often addressing a variety of issues with other professionals from many different areas. The industry is growing at a rate of three percent per year, meaning that 990 jobs will be added by 2022.

Salary range: $53,770-$71,260

Soil Scientist

Soils and systems

Being a soil scientist is more than just playing in the dirt. Soil scientists study the physical and chemical properties of soil. Because soils are affected by so many other systems, soil scientists also study land and water resources. Many jobs in this area are for federal and state governments. Time is often split between the field and the lab.

Salary range: $37,630-$68,890

Silviculturist

Take care of our trees

Silviculturists control forest regeneration, composition, growth and quality. They are specially trained in identifying disease and pests. Silviculturists often work for government agencies.

Salary range: $42,000-$62,000

Fire Ecologist

Professional pyromaniac

Fire ecologists can look for, study and fight wildfires. They can also work as consultants or foresters. Fire ecologists are experts on using prescribed burns to manage lands and prevent out-of-control wild fires.

Salary range: $40,000-$60,000