Forestry - BS

The Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology 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 Ecology and Conservation Biology 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 Ecology and Conservation Biology 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
ESSM 201 Exploring Ecosystem Science and Management 1
ESSM 203 Forest Trees of North America 3
RENR 205
RENR 215
Fundamentals of Ecology
and Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory
4
Communication 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ESSM 281 Seminar in Ecosystem Science and Management 1
American history 1 3
Communication 1 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
ESSM 309 Forest Ecology 3
ESSM 351/RENR 405 Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management 3
Select one of the following: 4
Botany  
Essentials in Biology  
Horticultural Science and Practices
and Horticultural Science and Practices Laboratory
 
Mathematics 3
Emphasis area elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ESSM 300 Field Studies in Forest Ecosystems 3
ESSM 301 Wildland Watershed Management 3
ESSM 313 Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems 3
Government/Political science 1,3 3
Emphasis area elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer
SCSC 301 Soil Science 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 350 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
ESSM 319 Principles of Forestry 4
Creative arts 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Emphasis area elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ESSM 306
Plant Functional Ecology and Adaptation
or Biogeochemistry and Global Change
3
ESSM 310 Forest Tree Improvement and Regeneration 3
American history 1 3
Government/Political science 1,3 3
Emphasis area elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ESSM 406 Natural Resources Policy 3
ESSM 481 Senior Seminar 1
Emphasis area elective 2 3
Emphasis area elective 2 3
General elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
ESSM 307 Forest Protection 3
ESSM 324 Forest Measurements 2
ESSM 405 Forest Resource Assessment and Management 3
Emphasis area elective 2 3
General elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120