Forestry - BS

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management provides one of the most advanced educational opportunities available for developing leaders in the management, conservation and restoration of the world’s diverse forests. Students seeking to study forestry in this department are interested in solving problems related to protecting forest biodiversity, providing wood, water, recreation and wildlife for a growing society, and contributing to the advancement of knowledge about forests. Resolving today’s forest management issues requires a broad education in the biological, physical and social sciences, a solid understanding of the methods used to integrate information from many fields and to solve problems, and an in-depth knowledge of the sophisticated tools and techniques that are an essential part of modern forestry. Curriculum in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management incorporates these ideas so that motivated and capable students can become competent forest and resource management professionals and scientists.

Forests cover one-third of the land area of the United States. The products and services derived from forests, and the scenic beauty they provide, have contributed to the well-being of the American people since the founding of this country. These benefits range from lumber and paper to recreation and biological diversity. Forests also are renewable. Under proper stewardship, they yield products and biodiversity indefinitely. Proper management of forests, which is the responsibility of the professional forester, results in healthy, productive forests that are capable of serving human needs and providing a quality environment in rural or urban settings.

The primary objective of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is to educate students in the scientific management of forest resources. Students select a course of study best suited to their educational and career goals. Students also receive help from faculty advisors in their areas of interest. The total number of credit hours required for a degree is 120.

Ecosystem Science and Management Core Courses
ESSM 201Exploring Ecosystem Science and Management1
ESSM 301Wildland Watershed Management3
ESSM 306Plant Functional Ecology and Adaptation3
or ESSM 311   or Biogeochemistry and Global Change 
ESSM 313Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems3
ESSM 351/RENR 405Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management3
ESSM 481Senior Seminar1
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
SCSC 301Soil Science4
Forestry Core Courses
AGEC 350Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ESSM 203Forest Trees of North America3
ESSM 300Field Studies in Forest Ecosystems3
ESSM 307Forest Protection3
ESSM 309Forest Ecology3
ESSM 310Forest Tree Improvement and Regeneration3
ESSM 319Principles of Forestry4
ESSM 324Forest Measurements2
ESSM 405Forest Resource Assessment and Management (W)3
ESSM 406Natural Resources Policy3
Directed electives 121
Free electives6
University Core Curriculum
AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics3
Select one from:4
Essentials in Biology
Horticultural Science and Practices
and Horticultural Science and Practices Laboratory
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
RENR 215Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory1
American history elective 26
Communication elective 26
Creative arts elective 23
Government/Political science elective 2,36
Language, philosophy and culture elective 23
Mathematics elective (MATH prefix required)6
Total Semester Credit Hours120