Forest Ecology and Management - BS

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

About This Degree

USU's forestry degree is the only one in Utah that is nationally accredited with the Society of American Foresters, and USU is the only university in the state with a college devoted to the study of natural resources.

Forest ecosystems supply water, maintain climate, help purify the air, protect soils, provide recreational experiences, and serve as habitat for wildlife. Foresters develop, use, and communicate their knowledge to sustain and enhance these forest resources for diverse benefits now and in the future. Foresters also oversee the use of timber, recreation, and water, and by doing so strive to ensure biological diversity.

What You Will Learn

In the program, students gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage public or private forests.

The program focuses on providing future foresters with the broadest possible understanding of the biological, physical, economic, political, and social aspects of forestry.

This multidisciplinary degree consists of courses in biology, math, chemistry, statistics, forest ecology, inventory, water quality, wildlife habitat, tree species, and geographic information systems.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in forestry, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Forester for state/federal land management agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, private consulting firms, private timber industries, nonprofit environmental organizations, etc.
  • Manager of urban tree resources for city government or utilities
  • Provide assistance and advice to private landowners

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the forestry program has additional requirements:

  • New Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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