The members of the Forestry Department’s faculty undertake nationally recognized program activities in the three areas of departmental responsibility: teaching, research, and service. These activities provide part-time employment opportunities in science-based research and extension programs for many forestry students. This employment is related directly to the chosen profession and career objectives of these students.
The undergraduate major in forestry is a science-based program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The forestry major concentrations in Environmental Conservation, Forest Management, Urban Forestry, and Wildlife Management leading to the B.S. degree in Forestry are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the specialized accrediting body for forestry in the United States. These programs prepare graduates for professional careers in forest resource management and use. By combining a broad general education with specialized professional courses, the curriculum is designed to produce professionally competent graduates who have skills in interpersonal communications, written and oral communications, and cultural understanding. Graduates of all four concentrations are fully qualified as entry-level professionals and prepared for career advancement into positions of increasing responsibility, while serving the current and future needs of society.
The undergraduate major in natural resources and environmental conservation is a science-based program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The natural resources and environmental conservation major offers concentrations in natural resource law and administration, natural resource technology, and resource conservation science. Graduates of the program can knowledgeably develop, apply, facilitate, and/or execute natural resource and environmental management plans that adequately address matters of ownership/public goals and objectives, ecosystem health and sustainability, and the legal and regulatory environment.