Be adventurous

The Forestry major in the UVM Rubenstein School is designed for students who want a career working outdoors, excel at math and science, and learn by doing. Graduates will be ready to enter the forestry profession, be able to understand and analyze forest management problems, and have mastered critical thinking about forestry issues from a local to global scale and from multiple perspectives.

Society of American Foresters AccreditedThe UVM Forestry Program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the accrediting body for postsecondary degree programs in forestry in the United States. SAF accreditation assures programs meet quality standards set by the profession, with our B.S. in Forestry satisfying the education requirement for becoming a certified forester and achieving licensure in all states where this is a requirement for practicing forestry.

To enhance employability, students are required to pursue a forestry internship or research experience and earn academic credit as part of summer employment or other opportunities. A variety of public and private organizations offer career-oriented experiences, and the university offers field and laboratory research opportunities.

Vermont and the northern forest region serve as vibrant outdoor laboratories. The Forestry major emphasizes experiential- and service-learning through extensive field instruction on University-owned lands, including four UVM Research Forests and ten UVM Natural Areas and other public and private forests throughout Vermont and the Northeast.

Explore Rubenstein School internship, career, service-learning, research, and study abroad opportunities.

Beyond the classroom

Student Involvement

  • UVM Forestry Club is the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Student members attend SAF conferences, compete in the annual SAF quiz bowl, and gain professional experience and career networking skills.
  • Femmes in Forestry is a UVM Club that provides a space for femme-identifying students to create a support system for women in all natural resource and environmental majors.
  • Xi Sigma Pi is a national forestry honor society that offers membership to qualified students based on academic excellence and professional achievement. UVM Forestry is the Alpha Omicron Chapter.


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Graduate employment rate


of UVM graduates are employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating.


  • Forester
  • Natural Resource Professional/Manager
  • Private Consulting Forester
  • Forest Carbon Specialist
  • State Agency of Natural Resources/Conservation Forester
  • Manager of Industrial Forestlands
  • Utilities Forester
  • Forest Researcher
  • Arborist/Urban Forester
  • Forest Health Specialists
  • Environmental Educators
  • Biology/Natural Science Teachers
  • Conservationists

Where alumni work

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Forestry Companies
  • Environmental/Conservation Nonprofit Organizations
  • Forest Carbon Companies
  • Forest Products Industry
  • Green Building and Design Industry
  • High and Middle Schools
  • Land Trusts
  • Municipal Forests and Parks Departments
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Forests
  • State Agencies of Natural Resources/Conservation
  • Urban Tree Care Industry
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. National Park Service
  • Working Timberlands

Graduate Schools

  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Vermont
  • Utah State University
  • Western Sydney University - Australia
  • Yale University

Related Information


The Forestry minor is open to undergraduates in all UVM colleges/schools.

Minor requirements: 16 credits including Dendrology, Natural Resource Ecology and Assessment, Multi-Resource Silviculture and 4 additional credits in Forestry. At least 9 credits must be in 100-level or higher courses. Learn more about the Forestry minor in the UVM catalogue.

Accelerated Master's Program

As an undergraduate student you can begin working toward an advanced degree before graduating and have the option of concentrating your Master's degree in Forest Science.

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in Natural Resources.