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Summer Field Program

General Information

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Download the Summer Field Program Timeline

Currently Enrolled Students: Applications and general information are available by clicking on the links. In addition to completing the application and medical forms, students must pre-register for the Summer Field Program during Spring pre-registration. Courses are listed in the 10-week summer term under the Study Abroad campus.

Transfer Students: Apply for admission to MSU, submit a Summer Field Program application and medical form, and plan to attend the Summer Field Program registration day. Applications for the Summer Field Program are available from community college advisors or here. Application for admission to MSU must be made before applying for the summer field program. Visit the web at and link to Future Students. Students must receive a “clear” or “admit contingent” admission status to pre-register. In addition, students must have their immunization record on file with the MSU Student Health Center before pre-registration.

Essential Skills for Successful Completion of the Forest Measurements Section of the MSU Forestry Summer Field Program: Community College students who transfer to the MSU Forestry program are expected to enroll in the Summer Field Program course, FO3015, during the summer immediately after they transfer. Read a summary of the essential skills. Download

Courses | May 18 - July 17

  • FO 3015 - Forest Description and Analysis - [Prerequisites - Forest Measurements and Statistics] (5 weeks)
    May 18-May 29 and June 22-July 10
  • WFA 3031 - Wildlife & Fisheries Practices - (1 week)
    June 1-5
  • FO 3012 - Intro to Forest Communities - [Prerequisites - Dendrology and Soils] (2 weeks)
    June 8-June 19
  • FO 4231 - Forest Operations and Harvesting - [Co-requisite: Forest Descripton and Analysis] - (1 week)
    July 13-July 17

Estimated Costs (subject to change)

Tuition and Fees:(based on 2019 figures): $360.17 per credit hour. More information about Tuition and Fees can be found at

Financial Aid: Requests for financial aid should be directed to the MSU Student Financial Aid Office. Application for financial aid should be made as early in the year as possible. Students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA even if they will not be receiving financial aid since the FAFSA results are also used to award scholarships.

Scholarships: Summer Field Program students will be eligible for CFR Summer Field Program Scholarships which will be awarded after the completion of SFP 2020. Students must complete the MSU general scholarship application and the CFR conditional scholarship application to be eligible. Students who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be considered for all CFR scholarships and Summer Field Program scholarships. The applications are found under the student tab in the MyState portal.

Housing: Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. For on-campus housing, contact MSU Housing at 662-325-3555. Mention that you are attending the College of Forest Resource's Summer Field Program.


Avery, T.E. and H. E. Burkhart. 2002. Forest Measurements. 5th Edition. McGraw-Hill Inc., New York, NY. 456 pages.

Parker, R.C., T.G. Matney, and K.L. Belli. 2010. Field and Laboratory Exercises for Forest Description and Analysis. Edition 14.0, Dept. of Forestry, College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University, Spring 2010. 266 pp.

Required Equipment

Download the list of Required Equipment and Textbooks

You are free to purchase these items from any source of your choosing but many of the items are on sale now at Forestry Suppliers, Inc. and if you use the reference key code F43, Forestry Suppliers will give you an additional 10% discount on your purchase.

  • A Silva Ranger Bearing hand compass (do not get an azimuth compass, make sure it is a bearing compass)
  • BAF 10 prism (Make sure the prism is in English units – do not get a prism in metric units. The lanyard is not required but for the price it might be worth it to avoid losing your prism in the field.)
  • Diameter tape (20 ft., 0.1 inch precision, make sure it is in English units – do not get metric)
  • Tree and log scale stick (Biltmore sticks are acceptable but these are typically more expensive so a tree and log scale stick will work just fine)
  • Cruisers vest (Must be high visibility orange, Do not get tan.) Either the Jim-Gem 8-pocket nylon mesh cruiser vest or the Jim-Gem Pro 10-pocket cruiser vest will work.
  • Hardhat (Orange would be fine)
  • Insect Spray
  • Scientific calculator (You do not need an expensive calculator, a $15 to $20 scientific calculator will work just fine.)
  • Jump drive or data storage device (high capacity)
  • Active cell phone (for communication purposes, not to be used as a calculator)
  • Clipboard
  • Engineer's Triangular Scale

Summer Field Program Registration

All forms are in Adobe pdf format.

Application and Medical Form
Summer 2020 Summer Field Program Registration Instructions
Summer 2020 Field Program Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get an application form for the Summer Field Program?
Applications and information for the Summer Field Program may be obtained by clicking the links. Transfer students may secure an application packet from the Forestry Instructor at the school they are currently attending. Submit an application and medical form to the College of Forest Resources Student Services Office. Transfer students must also apply for Admission to MSU. You can apply online at MSU Admissions. Students are not allowed to register for the Summer Field Program until their MSU Admission status is clear or contingent and immunization records are received. See the Summer Field Program Timeline for important dates.

Can I participate in Summer Field Program if I lack just one prerequisite course?
There are four courses that make up Summer Field Program. You must have the pre-requisite for each course to enroll in that course. You may enroll in part of Summer Field Program. See your advisor.

Do I have to pre-register for Summer Field Program?
Yes. You must pre-register for Summer Field Program during the Spring pre-registration process. You must also submit a Summer Field Program Application and medical form to the College of Forest Resources Student Services Office by the deadline. This ensures a review of your application in a timely manner and allows problems to be resolved. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply for Admission to MSU by March 1, and to contact the College of Forest Resources Student Services Office for a pre-registration appointment.

What are the dates of Summer Field Program?
Summer Field Program dates can be found on the Course section of this page.

How much is Summer Field Program?
Costs of the Summer Field Program can be found in the Estimated Costs section of this page, in the application packet at Community Colleges and can also be found on the Information Sheet available in the Student Lounge.

What equipment do I need for Summer Field Program?
The list of equipment for Summer Field Program is listed on the Equipment Needed section of this page.

Where can I live during the Summer Field Program?
Housing is available on campus in residence halls or in Starkville. Students can contact MSU Housing at Identify that you are attending the Summer Field Program.

Contact Information

Lanna Miller
College of Forest Resources Student Services Office
Box 9680
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Fax: 662-325-1612

Dr. Joshua Granger
Summer Field Program Coordinator
Box 9681
Mississippi State, MS 39762