University of Vermont

The School of Natural Resources - Academics
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources


The Forestry Program emphasizes sustaining the health and productivity of forest ecosystems. We incorporate issues resulting from complex ownership mosaics and diverse management objectives into the curriculum. The Program recognizes the importance of diversity in all its forms, and provides an education that integrates biological, ecological, and social sciences with an appreciation for the humanities. We promote the ethics of good stewardship, practical experience, good judgement, and creativity.
The major is for students who have a strong interest in forested ecosystems. The program of study is designed to prepare students to become actively involved in maintaining and enhancing long-term stability of forests and in meeting society's diverse forest-based needs. Required Forestry courses build on the SNR core curriculum, and provide an interdisciplinary field-oriented understanding of the theoretical and practical knowledge required to meet the complex and changing demands put on our forests.
A student-proposed, faculty-approved area of concentration provides flexibility in meeting the individual interests of the Forestry major. This concentration, representing at least 12 credits of course-work, may be specifically designed to provide additional depth in a particular area, such as forest science, consulting forestry, forest ecology, or forest health; or a professionally appropriate University minor such as wildlife biology, botany, or international development; or a study abroad experience that has a clear natural resource emphasis.
All students in the Forestry Program must fulfill the following requirements for graduation:
1. Completion of the SNR core curriculum.
2. Completion of the SNR general education requirements.
3. Completion of fundamental math and science course work:
BOT 4, Introduction to Botany
CHEM 23, General Chemistry
MATH 18*, Basic Mathematics
NR 140*, Natural Resources Biostatistics
NR 25, Natural Resource Measurements and Mapping
NR 224, Conservation Biology
PSS 161, Introduction to Soil Science
* Also fulfills general education requirement
4. Completion of Forestry core course work:
FOR 21, Dendrology
FOR 81 **, Forestry Seminar
FOR 121, Forest Ecology Laboratory
FOR 122, Forest Ecosystem Analysis
FOR 158, Stewardship of Private Woodlands Forest Health***
FOR 182, Advanced Forestry Seminar
FOR 223, Multi-Resource Silviculture
FOR 272, Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems
**Transfer students with at least 45 credit hours are exempt from FOR 81
*** Currently fulfilled with either FOR 234- Forest Pathology or PSS 107 - Forest Entomology
5. Completion of Forestry concentration. At least 12 credit hours of course work addressing individual interests of the student. Initially proposed by the student, the course selection must be endorsed by the student's advisor and approved by the Forestry faculty prior to the last 3 semesters of study. The concentration may be self-designed, an appropriate University minor, or a natural resource-oriented study abroad. At least 9 credits are to be at the 100-level or higher.
6. Completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of courses, including two credits of physical education.
We emphasize experiential learning through extensive field instruction on University-owned lands, and other public and private forests throughout Vermont. We courage students to gain career-oriented experience while earning academic credit through assisting with field and laboratory research, and through internship opportunities with a wide variety of public and private organizations.
The Forestry degree provides an excellent preparation for a variety of professional forestry positions and related careers. Graduates may be employed as resource professionals on public forests, consultants to private forest landowners, or managers of industrial forests. Others choose related employment with organizations such as the Peace Corps or land conservation groups. Some pursue certification to teach biological and natural sciences in secondary schools; others decide to continue their natural resources education at the master's or doctoral level. To enhance employability, students are strongly encouraged to pursue forestry internships and summer employment. The faculty provide substantial assistance in creating such job placements.
Program Chair:
Professor John Shane
Phone: (802) 656-2907

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