Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forestry
This program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
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What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry?
Here, you will experience innovative and holistic approaches to understanding forestry. Our professional core (four semesters of integrated study) will allow you to build a lasting career and personal relationships. The School of Forestry is a national and international leader in natural resource education and forest research, with a deep commitment to understanding and protecting the environment.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Private timber or consulting companies
- State departments of forestry
- State land departments
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Forest manager
- Government manager
- University professor
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To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 47 units of preprofessional requirements
- At least 50 units of professional requirements including 12-15 units of certificate or individualized concentration requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 125|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan||Optional|
|AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A||Recommended|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Oral Communication: An ability in preparing, and delivering effective oral presentations.
- Written Communication: A proficiency in English composition, technical/business writing, and writing for non-professional audiences. An ability to read with comprehension a variety of documents, and critically evaluate opposing viewpoints.
- Science and Mathematics:
- Biological sciences: An understanding of the components, patterns, and processes of biological and ecological systems across spatial and temporal scales. An understanding of molecular biology, cells, organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.
- Physical sciences: An understanding of physical and chemical properties, measurements, structure, and states of matter.
- Mathematics: The ability to understand and use the basic approaches and applications of mathematics and statistics for analysis and problem solving as appropriate for the programs stated outcomes.
- Social Sciences and Humanities:
- Understanding of, and an ability to address, moral and ethical questions.
- An ability to use critical reasoning skills.
- Understanding that human behavior and social and economic structures, processes, and institutions are important across a broad range of societies.
- Understanding that there are diverse dimensions of the human experience and culture.
- Ecology and Biology:
- Understanding of taxonomy and ability to identify forest and other tree species, their distribution, and associated vegetation and wildlife.
- Understanding of soil properties and processes, hydrology, water quality, and watershed functions.
- Understanding of ecological concepts and principles including the structure and function of ecosystems, plant and animal communities, competition, diversity, population dynamics, succession, disturbance, and nutrient cycling.
- Ability to make ecosystem, forest, and stand assessments.
- Understanding of tree physiology and the effects of climate, fire, pollutants, moisture, nutrients, genetics, insects and diseases on tree and forest health and productivity.
- Measurement of Forest Resources:
- Ability to identify and measure land areas.
- Ability to design and implement comprehensive inventories that meet specific objectives using appropriate sampling methods and units of measurement.
- Ability to analyze inventory data and project future forest, stand, and tree conditions.
- Conduct spatial analysis (eg GIS, GPS, etc.)
- Management of Forest Resources:
- Ability to develop and apply silvicultural prescriptions appropriate to management objectives, including methods of establishing and influencing the composition, growth, and quality of forests, and understand the impacts of those prescriptions.
- Ability to analyze the economic, environmental, and social consequences of forest resource management strategies and decisions.
- Ability to develop management plans with specific multiple objectives and constraints.
- Understanding of the valuation procedures, market forces, processing systems, transportation and harvesting activities that translate human demands for timber-based and other consumable forest products into the availability of those products.
- Understanding of the valuation procedures, market, and non-market forces that avail humans the opportunities to enjoy non-consumptive products and services of forests.
- Understanding of the administration, ownership, and organization of forest management enterprises.
- Forest Resource Policy, Economics, and Administration:
- Understanding of forest policy and the processes by which it is developed.
- Understanding of how federal, state, and local laws and regulations govern the practice of forestry.
- Understanding of professional ethics, including the SAF Code, and recognition of the responsibility to adhere to ethical standards in forestry decision making on behalf of clients and the public.
- Ability to understand the integration of technical, financial, human resources, and legal aspects of public and private enterprises.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the global forces that shape professional forestry
- Computer Literacy:
- An ability to use computers and other contemporary electronic technologies in professional life.
- Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of information technology tools for enhanced communication (e.g., tools for online instruction and discussion, presentation tools such as PowerPoint)
- Efficiently acquire and effectively evaluate sources of information for professional use
- Professional Development
- Be effective at working in teams (e.g., they will show up to meetings, show up on time, share contact information, respond politely to teammates even under disagreement, etc.)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of continuing education/lifelong learning
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
You do not need to apply for admission to the School of Forestry to take courses in the preprofessional program; your admission to Northern Arizona University is sufficient.
However, application and admission to our professional program is required. You must complete all of the listed lower-division preprofessional courses before you can be admitted to and enrolled in the professional program, which starts with course numbers FOR 313, FOR 314, FOR 315, FOR 319.
You can apply for admission to the professional program after you have completed at least 36 of the 46 units of preprofessional courses. To be accepted into the professional program, you must:
Have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better in all of the preprofessional courses (excluding FOR 220, non-prerequisite liberal studies and elective courses)
Have earned a grade of "C" or better in:
- FOR 101, FOR 211, FOR 213, FOR 215, FOR 220, FOR 225
- ENG 105
- MAT 125
- STA 270
- (CHM 130, CHM 130L) or CHM 151, CHM 151L)
- BIO 181, BIO 181L, BIO 182, BIO 182L
- ECO 280
- CST 111
You will find an admission application for the professional program on our website, School of Forestry. The deadline for submitting your application for fall term is March 1st of each year.
Take the following 97 units with a Grade of "C" or better:
Preprofessional Requirements (47 units)
- Professional Requirements (50-53 units)
Please note that you must enroll in all courses within a group in the same term, and you must complete each one with a grade of "C" or better before you can enroll in the next group of courses.
- Junior Fall Semester: FOR 313, FOR 314, FOR 315, FOR 319, which are only offered in the fall (12 units)
- Junior Spring Semester: FOR 323W, FOR 324, FOR 325, which are offered only in the spring (11 units)
- Senior Fall Semester: FOR 412, FOR 413, which are only offered in the fall (6 units)
- Senior Spring Semester: FOR 360, FOR 422, FOR 423C, which are only offered in the spring (9 units)
- Certificate or Individualized Focus Requirements
Complete an approved certificate plan or the Individualized Focus Area for the remaining 12-15 units. Certificates require a minimum of 9 units in 300- and 400-level courses. You must also earn a grade of "C" or better in each certificate or concentration area course (or "Pass" in Pass/Fail courses).
- Certificate or Individualized Focus Requirements
- Approved Certificates
- Fire Ecology and Management
- Forest Health and Ecological Restoration
- International Forestry and Conservation
- Human Dimensions of Forest Management
- Wildlife Ecology and Management
You must develop a one-page written statement describing the purpose and scope of the proposed concentration area and have the statement approved by a faculty mentor and the Executive Director. You must also complete 12 units of FOR courses, including a minimum of 6 units of upper-division courses (300- or 400-level) that support the purpose and scope of the proposed concentration area topic as outlined in the written statement.
- Approved Certificates
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
- Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $400 per year in students' Junior and Senior years has been approved for this program.
- the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America
- the oldest experimental forest and research station in the United States
- six climate zones that range from low Sonoran desert to alpine tundra
- seasonal positions
- full-time employment upon graduation
Applying to the School of ForestryUpon admission to the university, you must do the following:
- take pre-professional classes to prepare you for entering the two-year Professional Forestry Program
- submit an application for admission to the program during your sophomore year—contact our Student Services Coordinator for more information