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.
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.
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.
Graduates may be employed as resource professionals on public forests, consultants to private forest landowners, or 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 decide to continue their education at the master's or doctoral level.