Auburn Bulletin 2023-2024

Forestry (FORB)

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 college, 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
Literature1, 23ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I3FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources2
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory1
Fine Arts3CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II3
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. 
BIOP 3391 Forest and Manufacturing Operations1
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 Resource Sampling3FORY 4190 Forest Biometrics3
FORY 3010 Forest Soils3FORY 4230 Forest Ecology3
BIOP 3390 Introduction to Forest Products and Packaging3FORY 5400 Forest Valuation and 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)3Restricted Elective (or FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy)3
FORY 5151 Forest Health Laboratory1Restricted Elective3
FORY 5230 Silviculture4UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0
 14 13
Total Hours: 68

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