Forest Management

This is designed for students who intend to pursue professional careers in forest land and timber management and use in both the public and private sectors. Students may select from a wide range of electives to meet specific career objectives; for example, emphases in areas such as business, communications, and geographical information systems in forestry and related sciences.

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
  • EN 1103 English Composition I (ACT subscore 17)
  • FO 1101 Forest Resource Survey
  • MA 1313 College Algebra (ACT subscore 17)
  • FP 1103 Wood Tech. and Products

Spring Semester
  • AEC 2713 Intro. to Food and Res. Economics
  • BIO 1144 Biological Sciences II
  • CO 1003 Fund. of Public Speaking
  • EN 1113 English Composition II

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • FO 2113 Dendrology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144 or 2113)
  • FO 3113 Forest Recreation Mgt.
  • PH 1113 General Physics I (MA 1313 and MA 1323, or MA 1713)
  • PSS 3303 Soils (CH 1043)
  • ST 2113 Intro. to Statistics (C in MA 1313 or ACT math sub score 24)

Spring Semester
  • FO 3101 Computer Appl. For. Res. Lab
  • FO 3102 Computer Appl. for Resources
  • FO 2213 Forest Measurements (ST 2113)
  • Business/Science Elective (3)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • 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
  • AIS 3203 Intro to Tech. Writing in Agricomm.
  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management
  • FO 4123 Forest Ecology (FO 3012)
  • FO 4233 For. Op. and Harv. (FO 3015, FO 4231)
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • FO 4113 Forest Res. Econ. (AEC 2713)
  • FO 4213 Forest Biometrics (FO 3015, FO 3102/3101)
  • FO 4223 Practices of Silviculture (FO 4123)
  • FO 4221 Practices of Silviculture Lab (FO 4123)
  • Professional Elective (3)
  • Business/Science 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. Mgt.
  • Professional Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • FO 4413 Natural Res. Policy (Sr.)
  • FO 4423 Prof. Practice (FO 4323)
  • Business/Science Elective (3)
  • Free Elective (3)
  • Professional Elective (3

Approved Substitutions and Electives

  • Professional Electives (Can be applied as Business/Science electives)*:
  • ABE 2873 Land Surveying
  • BIO 3103 Genetics (MA 1313, BIO 1134 or BIO 2113)
  • BIO 3104 Ecology (BIO 1134)
  • BIO 4203 Taxon. of Spermat. (BIO 2113 and BIO 2213)
  • BIO 4213 Plant Ecology (BIO 4203)
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology
  • EPP 4263 Prin. Insect Pest Mgt.
  • FO ANY UPPER LEVEL FO COURSE 3000 OR higher
  • FP ANY UPPER LEVEL FP COURSE 3000 OR higher
  • ST 4213 Nonparametric Methods (ST 2113)
  • WF ANY UPPER LEVEL WF COURSE 3000+

  • Humanities (6 hours):
  • EN 2203 Intro. to Literature
  • EN 2213 English Literature I
  • EN 2243 American Literature I
  • FL 1113/1114 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
  • PHI 1103 Intro. to Philosophy
  • PHI 1123 Intro. to Ethics
  • REL 1103 Intro. to Religion
  • REL 3213 World Religions I

  • Business/Science ((Upper level courses can be applied as PE):
  • ACC 2013 †Prin. Financial Accounting
  • ACC 2023 † Prin. Managerial Acc. (ACC 2013)
  • BIS 3233 † Mgt. Information Systems (BIS 1012)
  • BL 2413 † Legal Environ. Business
  • BQA 3123 † Bus. Stat Meth. II ( BQA 2113)
  • EC 2113 † Prin. Macroeconomics (So.)
  • EC 2123 † Prin. Microeconomics (EC 2113)
  • FIN 3123 † Fin. Mgt. (ACC 2023, EC 2123, BQA 2123)
  • FO 2443 Essentials of Biotechnology
  • GG 1113 Survey of Earth Science I
  • GG 4503 Geomorphology
  • GR 1114 Elements of Physical Geography
  • GR 3113 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GR 4603 Climatology (GR 1114 or GR 1123)
  • INS 3103 Principles of Insurance (Jr.)
  • MGT 3114 † Prin. of Mgt. & Prod. (EC 2113, BQA 2113, Jr.)
  • MGT 3323 Entrepreneurship (EC 2113)
  • MGT 3513 Intro. Human Resource Mgt.
  • PH 1013 Physical Science Survey
  • PH 1063 Descriptive Astronomy
  • PHI 3013 Business Ethics
  • PSS 4313 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (PSS 3303, Jr.)
  • PSS 4323 Soil Classification (PSS 3303)
  • PSS 4333 Soil Conservation and Land Use (PSS 3303)
  • REF 3333 Principles of Real Estate (Jr.)
  • REF 3433 Real Property Evaluation (REF 3333)
  • † Courses may apply to the General Business Minor

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

Approved Substitutions List for Forest Management Option
Required Courses Approved Substitutions
AEC 2713 Intr. Food & Res Eco EC 2113 Macroeconomics or EC 2123 Microeconomics
AIS 3203 Technical Writing EN 3313 Writ. for the Workplace or MGT 3213 Organ. Comm.
PH 1113 General Physics CH 1053 Survey of Chem II, GR 1114 Physical Geography, or PH 2213 Physics I
ST 2113 Intro to Statistics MA 2113 Intro to Statistics, MA 3123 or ST 3123 Statistics Inference
Options
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Procurement Forester
Production Forester
Recreation Planner
Regional Manager
Research Forester
Resource Analyst
Resource Economist
Resource Information Manager
Resource Supervisor
Urban Forest Specialist
Vegetation Manager
Wood Procurement Superintendent
Extension Specialist
Youth Camp Coordinator
Environmental Auditor
Financial Analyst
Forest Ecologist
Forester
Forest Information Systems Analyst
Forest Land Manager
GIS Specialist
Hydrologist
Landowner Assistance Forester
Lands Manager
Natural Resource Manager
Building Supply Store Manager
Community Assistance Forester
Consulting Forester
Director of Technology
District Forester
District Ranger