Environmental Conservation

Today's forestry professionals strive to balance commodity production with environmental conservation. This is designed for students interested in focusing on complex environmental issues in the realm of natural resources management. While being educated as foresters, students concentrate on contemporary environmental concerns within three emphasis areas: social, land, and science.

Scholarship Information

College of Forest Resource Scholarship applications are accepted from January to April 1 of each year. Freshmen should complete the Mississippi State University Scholarship Resume online through their Admission application on the MSU web page. For more information, contact the CFR Office of Academic Affairs at 662.325.2624.

Students must submit a CFR Scholarship Application prior to April 1 to be considered for a departmental scholarship. Renewal of scholarships are based on Fall grade reports each year. Renewal of a scholarship is competitive. Applications are available from the CFR Office of Student Services, Box 9680, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762.

For more information on CFR scholarships, contact us at the CFR Office of Student Services, Box 9680, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 or send an e-mail to rsingleton@cfr.msstate.edu.

Academics

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Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • BIO 1134 Biological Sciences I
  • CH 1043 Survey of Chemistry I
  • CO 1003 Fund. of Public Speaking
  • EN 1103 English Composition I (ACT subscore 17)
  • FO 1101 Forest Resource Survey

Spring Semester
  • AEC 2713 Intro to Food and Res. Economics
  • BIO 1144 Biological Sciences II
  • EN 1113 English Composition II (EN 1103)
  • MA 1313 College Algebra (ACT math sub score 17)
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • FO 2113 Dendrology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, BIO 2113)
  • FO 3113 Forest Recreation Mgt.
  • PSS 3303 Soils (CH 1043)
  • ST 2113 Intro. to Statistics (C in MA 1313 or ACT math sub score 24)
  • Emphasis Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • FO 3101 Computer Appl. for Res. Lab
  • FO 3102 Computer Appl. for Resources
  • FO 2213 Forest Measurements (ST 2113)
  • PH 1113 General Physics I (MA 1313 and MA 1323 or MA 1713)
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Summer Field Program

  • FO 3012 Forest Communities (PSS 3303, FO 2113)
  • FO 3015 Forest Description and Analysis (FO 2213, ST 2113)
  • FO 4231 Introduction to Wood Supply Systems
  • WF 3031 Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries Practices

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • WF 3133 Applied Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144)
  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management
  • FO 4123 Forest Ecology (FO 3012)
  • FO 4233 For. Op. and Harv. (FO 3015, FO 4231)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • AIS 3203 Intro to Tech. Writing in Agricomm.
  • FO 4113 Forest Res. Econ. (AEC 2713)
  • FO 4213 Forest Biometrics (ST 2113 or equivalent)
  • FO 4223 Practices of Silviculture (FO 4123)
  • FO 4221 Practices of Silviculture Lab (FO 4123)
  • Emphasis Elective (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • FO 4313 Spatial Tech. in Nat. Res. (FO 3015)
  • FO 4323 For. Res. Mgt. (FO 4113, FO 4213, FO 4223, FO 4233)
  • WF 4153 Prin. Wildlife Cons. and Mgt. (So., WFA 3133 or FO 4123)
  • Emphasis Elective (3)
  • Emphasis Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • FO 4413 Natural Res. Policy (Sr.)
  • FO 4423 Prof. Practice (FO 4323)
  • FO 4452 Remote Sens.(FO 4313 or GR 2313)
  • FO 4451 Remote Sens. Lab (FO 4313 or GR 2313)
  • FO 4463 Forest Hydro. and Watershed Mgt. (PSS 3303, FO 4223/4221)
  • Emphasis Elective (2)

Approved Substitutions and Electives

  • Emphasis Electives:
  • Choose 14 hours from among the three emphasis areas below
  • (consult your advisor)

  • Land Emphasis:*
  • ABE 2873 Land Surveying
  • FO 3202/3201 Forest Fire
  • FO 4472 GIS Nat. Res. Mgt. (Jr.)
  • FO 4471 GIS Nat. Res. Mgt. Lab (Jr.)
  • FO 4483 Forest Soils (PSS 3303, FO 3012,
  • FO 4123/4121)
  • GG 1113 Survey of Earth Sciences I
  • GG 1111 Earth Sciences I Lab
  • GG 3133 Intro. Environmental Geology
  • GR 1114 Physical Geography
  • GR 3113 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GR 4603 Climatology (GR 1114 or GR 1123)
  • PSS 4333 Soil Cons. and Use (PSS 3303)

  • Social Emphasis:*
  • FO 4343 Forest Admin and Organization
  • FO 4353 Natural Resources Law (Jr.)
  • PHI 1123 Intro. to Ethics
  • PHI 4143 Philosophy of Science
  • SO 4703 Population Prob. (SO 1003)
  • SO 4173 Environment and Society

  • Science Emphasis:
  • BIO 4203 Taxon. of Spermat. (BIO 1203)
  • BIO 4213 Plant Ecology (BIO 4203)
  • WF 4222 Limnology and WFA 4121 Limnology Lab (WF 3133)
  • WF 4383 Wetlands Ecology and Mgt. (jr., WFA 3133)

  • Fine Arts (3 hours):
  • ARC 1013 Architectural Appreciation
  • ART 1013 Art History
  • ART 1113 Art Appreciation
  • CO 1503 Intro. to Theater
  • LA 1803 Landscape Architecture Appr.
  • MU 1113 History and Appr. of Music
  • MU 2213 History and Literature of Music
  • PE 1323 History and Appr. of Dance
  • PSS 2343 Floral Design
  • TKI 2413 Hist. and Appr. of the Artcrafts

  • Humanities (6 hours):
  • ARC 2313 History of Architecture
  • EN 2203 Intro. to Literature
  • EN 2213 English Literature I
  • EN 2243 American Literature I
  • EN 2273 World Literature I
  • FL 1113/1124 Elem. Foreign Language
  • HI 1063 Early US History
  • HI 1073 Modern US History
  • HI 1163 World History I
  • HI 1173 World History II
  • HI 1213 Early Western World
  • HI 1223 Modern Western World
  • HI 1313 East Asian Civilizations I
  • HI 1323 East Asian Civilizations II
  • PHI 1103 Intro. to Philosophy
  • PHI 1123 Intro. to Ethics
  • REL 1103 Intro. to Religion
  • REL 3213 World Religions I

Approved subtitutions
Required Courses Approved Substitutions
AEC 2713 Intro to Food & Resource Economics EC 2113 Macroeconomics or EC 2123 Microeconomics
AIS 3203 Technical Writing EN 3313 Writ. for the Workplace or MGT 3213 Organ. Comm.
FO 4452/4451 Remote Sensing FO 4472/4471 GIS for Natural Resource Management
PH 1113 General Physics CH 1053 Survey of Chem II, GR 1114 Physical Geography, or PH 2213 Physics I ST 2113
ST 2113 Intro to Statistics MA 2113 Intro to Statistics, MA 3123 or ST 3123 Statistics Inference
Options
Graduate Programs
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Recreation Planner
Research Forester
Resource Analyst
Terrestrial Ecologist
Terrestrial Restoration Ecologist
Urban Forest Specialist
Vegetation Manager
Extension Specialist
Youth Camp Coordinator
Environmental Auditor
Environmental Coordinator
Forest Ecologist
Forester
Forest Land Manager
Landowner Assistance Forester
Natural Resource Manager
Aquatic Restoration Ecologist
Community Assistance Forester
Conservation Biologist
Consulting Forester
District Forester
District Ranger