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Curriculum in Forestry

The objectives of the forestry curriculum are to provide: 1) the fundamental knowledge regarding the resources that professional foresters typically manage and the multiple uses, sustaining, and conservation of those resources; 2) a general education integrating physical, social and biological sciences to prepare the forester for the role as steward of public and private forest resources; and 3) training and skills needed for initial forestry employment, as well as for advancement to higher levels of managerial responsibility. The forestry degree is appropriate for students who seek employment in any aspect of forest resource management, from forest industry lands where timber production is typically the primary objective, to private non-industrial properties where multiple use predominates, to public lands where recreation or environmental protection is often paramount. The curriculum emphasizes biological, ecological, environmental, social, economic, and ethical considerations in forest management.

The required courses in the professional forestry curriculum (FORB, see below) are designed to be taken in sequence and as a block. The work is integrated among courses in each semester and between semesters. Students must pay careful attention to the pre-requisites of the junior and senior year courses, which are strictly enforced by the school, to ensure successful completion of the forestry program.

Forest Emphases

To provide students an opportunity to develop strengths in areas of particular personal and professional interest, the school has developed a series of course groupings called Emphases which, beyond the broad base of Forestry core courses, afford opportunity for specialized study. The emphases are Forest Land Management, Forest Operations, Forest Products, Urban Forestry, Business, Forest Biology, Wildlife Management, Spatial Analysis, and Policy. A single emphasis is selected by students at the close of the Summer Practicum. These choices are taken into account by the student and his/her faculty advisor as the program of study for completion of the professional (FORB) program is developed. Details on courses in each Emphasis (both required and optional, 11 credit hours minimum) are available online under the curriculum model for forestry at the bottom of this page. 

BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology
   & BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory
4BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
   & BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
FOWS 1010 Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources1MATH 1610 Calculus I4
Approved Humanities Choice13Fine Arts3
Social Science23 
 14 14
History2,33ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
CHEM 1010 Survey of Chemistry I3History or Social Science2,33
CHEM 1011 Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory1CHEM 1020 Survey of Chemistry II3
STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences3CHEM 1021 Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory1
Literature2,33AGRN 2040 Basic Soil Science4
Select one of the following:3-4COMM 2410 Small Group Communication3
ACCT 2810 Fundamentals Of Accounting
PHYS 1000 Foundations of Physics
 16-17 17
Total Hours: 61-62

Courses in bold type above are required for admission to Forestry (FORB) curriculum.

Curriculum in Professional Forestry (FORB)

The Forestry Summer Practicum is held at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center near Andalusia, Alabama. 
FOEN 3000 Introduction to Forestry Operations2
FORY 3020 Forest Biology2
FOEN 3040 Forest Surveying3
FORY 3050 Field Mensuration3
FORY 3060 Introduction to Forest Management Strategies2
FOPR 3390 Introduction to Wood Science and Forest Products*3Humanities or Literature2,33
FORY 3100 Dendrology*3FOEN 5700 Harvesting*3
FORY 3180 Forest Measurements I*3FORY 4190 Forest Measurements II*3
FORY 3200 Forest Tree Physiology*3FORY 4230 Forest Ecology*3
 FORY 5400 Forest Economics*3
 12 15
FORY 5150 Forest Health*3FORY 4980 Senior Capstone Project*4
FORY 5151 Forest Health Laboratory*1FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy*3
FORY 5230 Silviculture*4UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
FORY 5410 Forest Management and Administration*3 
 14 15
Total Hours: 68

Courses in bold type from the summer practicum, junior and senior years above are components of the Forestry major.
Courses with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.


Student must select one class that will cover SLO3.


SLO9 must be completed in one of the Humanities, Social Science, or History core courses.


Student must complete a sequence in either Literature or History.

TOTAL HOURS - 129-130

4 Emphases and Emphasis Courses are listed at this location => Click Here.