The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation prepares students for careers in various aspects of sustainable production, management, and utilization of forests for their commercial and societal values. The Forestry major has three options: Forest Resource Management, Forest Operations and Business, and Urban Forestry.
Forest Resource Management is the basic professional forestry option. The course work provides the background necessary for making sound decisions concerning the sustainable management of forested land.
The Forest Operations and Business option combines the production, utilization, and business aspects of forestry. It is designed for students interested in the operational and managerial aspects of wood fiber acquisition and supply. This option provides the necessary background for traditional forestry roles as well as management positions in the forest industry.
The Urban Forestry option prepares students for diverse careers working with trees and forest resources in and around urban areas. Students develop specialized knowledge and skills through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes the ecological, social, and political dimensions of managing urban forests to sustain human and natural environments. This program is the first in the country to receive Society of American Foresters Accreditation.