Forestry Major

The field of Forestry is on the threshold of change, and The Rubenstein School is at the forefront as we revolutionize our forestry program through The Green Forestry Education Initiative — defining and demonstrating a new niche for forestry and forest conservation education that emphasizes the integration of sustainable design, land ethics, and real-world learning.

What student would be right for a major in Forestry?

This major is for students who have a sincere interest in, and commitment to, the forests around us. The Forestry Program educates students to excel at planning and implementing sustainable forestry, with an emphasis on the complex social and natural landscapes of the northeastern United States. The program attracts students who want to work outdoors, who love math and science, who learn by doing, and who can embrace both the fundamentals of traditional forestry and the new technology of forestry's future. The Forestry major provides students with an education in ecologically responsible forestry, emphasizing the complex landscapes of the northeastern United States.

Internships, research, opportunities

We emphasize experiential learning through extensive field instruction on University-owned forestland near the campus, the Green Mountain National Forest, and other public as well as private forests throughout Vermont. We strongly encourage students to gain valuable career-oriented experience while earning academic credit by assisting with ongoing forestry field or laboratory research, or through internship opportunities with public agencies and private organizations.Students develop their abilities to coordinate and manage all aspects of sustainable forestry through an education that combines a strong foundation in natural and social sciences with field-based classes, internships, research experiences, and forest management projects. Connect with our Experiential Learning Office for more information on this.

Where do forestry majors work after graduation?

Graduates may be employed as resource professionals on public forests, consultants to private forest landowners, or 25 managers of industrial forest lands; or they may choose related employment with organizations such as the Peace Corps, or land conservation groups; or they may pursue certification for secondary school education in biological and natural sciences; or they may decide to continue their education at the master's or doctoral level.

Academic Program

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  1. Completion of The Rubenstein School's core curriculum.
  2. Completion of The Rubenstein School's general education requirements.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours of courses.
  4. Completion of Forestry required courses:
    • PBIO 4, Introduction to Botany (4 cr.)
    • CHEM 23, General Chemistry (4 cr.)
    • MATH 18, Basic Mathematics* (3 cr.)
    • NR 25, Natural Resources Measurements and Mapping (4 cr.)
    • NR 140, Applied Environmental Statistics * (4 cr.)
    • WFB 224, Conservation Biology (4 cr.)
    • PSS 161, Introduction to Soil Science (4 cr.)
    • A course in Economics or Ecological Economics (3 cr.)
    • FOR 21, Dendrology (4 cr.)
    • FOR 73, Small Woodlot Management (3 cr.)
    • FOR 81, Forestry Seminar** (1 cr.)
    • FOR 121, Forest Ecology Laboratory (2 cr.)
    • FOR 122, Forest Ecosystem Analysis*** (4 cr.)
    • FOR 223, Multi-Resource Silviculture (4 cr.)
    • FOR 235, Forest Ecosystem Health (4 cr.)
    • FOR 182, Advanced Forestry Seminar (1 cr.)
    • FOR 272, Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems (4 cr.)
      * Also fulfills general education requirement.
      **Transfer students with 45 or more credit hours are exempt from FOR 81.
      ***Field intensive course OFFERED ONLY DURING THE SUMMER SESSION.
  5. Completion of Forestry area of concentration: Twelve additional credit hours of student-proposed, faculty-approved1 course work addressing individual interests of the student.  The concentration may be self-designed2 such as forest ecosystem health, forest ecology, consulting forestry, public forestry administration, or international development; an appropriate University minor; or a natural resource oriented study abroad.

    1 Must be endorsed by the student's advisor and approved by the Forestry faculty prior to the last 3 semesters of study.
    2 At least 9 credits are to be at the 100-level or higher.

Forestry minor

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