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.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
   & BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory
BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology
   & BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory
4ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
FOWS 1010 Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources1STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences3
MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (or higher)3History or Social Science1, 23
History1, 23 
 14 13
CHEM 1010 Survey of Chemistry I3ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
CHEM 1011 Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory1CHEM 1020 Survey of Chemistry II3
Literature1, 23CHEM 1021 Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory1
Fine Arts3FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources2
COMM 1000 Public Speaking3FOWS 3950 Undergraduate Seminar1
Social Science13Humanities or Literature1, 23
 16 13
Total Hours: 56

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. 
FORY 3060 Introduction to Forest Management Strategies1
FORY 3050 Field Mensuration4
FORY 3020 Forest Biology3
FOEN 3040 Forest Surveying2
FORY 3100 Dendrology3FORY 3200 Forest Tree Physiology3
FORY 3180 Forest Measurements I3FORY 4190 Forest Measurements II3
FOPR 3390 Introduction to Wood Science and Forest Products3FORY 4230 Forest Ecology3
FORY 3010 Forest Soils3FORY 5400 Forest Economics3
Restricted Electives3FOEN 5700 Harvesting3
 15 15
FORY 5150 Forest Health3FORY 4980 Senior Capstone Project4
FORY 5410 Forest Management and Administration3FORY 5140 Forest Regeneration and Seedling Production3
FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy (or restricted elective)3FOEN 3000 Introduction to Forestry Operations1
FORY 5151 Forest Health Laboratory1Restricted Elective (or FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy)3
FORY 5230 Silviculture4Restricted Elective3
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 14 14
Total Hours: 68

Courses in bold type above are components of the Forestry major.


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.


3 hours must be completed from each of the 3 categories of restricted electives.


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