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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Forestry Undergraduate Programs Forestry
“How can forest ecosystems and all their recognized values be sustained in the modern world?” This is a fundamental question for the 21st century, as forest ecosystems are facing grave threats all over the world, including large-scale deforestation, forest degradation, invasive pests and pathogens, and global climate change. In the face of these threats, forestry professionals have a great responsibility and opportunity to maintain, restore and enhance the sustainability of forest ecosystems.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry program develop an in-depth understanding of the natural and social sciences in order to manage forest ecosystems. Through hands-on laboratory experiences and field studies, students learn how to manage forests for a wide range of goals and acquire the skills to evaluate and ensure the ecological, economic, and social sustainability of forests. They place emphasis on development of analytical and communications skills necessary to create a positive exchange of ideas between forestry professionals and non-technical audiences. Students who graduate from this program will possess the professional training to enable them to contribute significantly to resolution of forest-centered environmental and resource problems.
Forest professionals are employed in a variety of settings. Many choose careers with public land management agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Soil Conservation Service, or state departments of natural resources. Conservation organizations, such as the Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy, also hire forestry professionals. Forestry professionals are in high demand in the forest products industry, including in sustainable production of environmentally responsible wood products and management of bio-energy plantations. Increasingly, forestry expertise is required to combat climate change through work on forest-based climate mitigation projects, often in international settings. Forest professionals work with the Peace Corps and other international development organizations in reforestation projects. There are also rewarding careers for forestry professionals in urban and suburban settings, with municipal forestry organizations or with private tree and shrub-care companies in promoting green, sustainable, and livable environments. The high quality education afforded by the bachelor’s degree provides the knowledge and skills needed for the career opportunities listed above, and many others, as well as the rigorous background needed for graduate studies in forestry and related fields, including ecology, soil science, environmental science, geography, economics, social science, public policy, and law.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Forestry major is met by completing Forestry 330, 404L, 405, 406L, 414, and 462. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
Students who are enrolled in the Forestry major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Forestry may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Plant Biology 105 and 106 combined; and Chemistry 141 and 161.
The completion of Chemistry 161 and Plant Biology 106 satisfies the laboratory requirement. Plant Biology 105 and 106 combined, and Chemistry 141 and 161 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the major referenced in item 3. below.
The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.
Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate. The completion of Mathematics 124 or 132 satisfies the College's mathematics requirement.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses:
Chemistry Laboratory I
Fundamentals of Soil Science
Introduction to Microeconomics
Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Forests and the Environment
Forestry Field Methods
Human Dimensions of Forests
Forest Ecology Laboratory
Forest Ecosystem Services
Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture
Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture Laboratory
Renewable Wood Products
Forestry Field Studies
Forest Resource Economics and Management
Natural Resource Policy
Ecological Monitoring and Data Analysis
Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources
Plant Biology Laboratory
Diseases and Insects of Forest and Shade Trees
One of the following courses (3 credits):
Survey of Calculus I
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Ecologists
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Forestry - Chemistry
Major - Forestry - Chemistry: 1 course from CEM141
Requirement 12: Major - Forestry - Chemistry Lab
Major - Forestry - Chemistry Lab: 1 course from CEM161
Requirement 13: Major - Forestry - Soil Science
Major - Forestry - Soil Science: 1 course from CSS210
Requirement 14: Major - Forestry - Microeconomics
Major - Forestry - Microeconomics: 1 course from EC201
Requirement 15: Major - Forestry - Forests and the Environment
Major - Forestry - Forests and the Environment: 1 course from FOR110
Requirement 16: Major - Forestry - Vegetation
Major - Forestry - Vegetation: 1 course from FOR204
Requirement 17: Major - Forestry - Forestry Field Methods
Major - Forestry - Forestry Field Methods: 1 course from FOR222
Requirement 18: Major - Forestry - Human Dimensions of Forests
Major - Forestry - Human Dimensions of Forests: 1 course from FOR330
Requirement 19: Major - Forestry - Forest Ecology
Major - Forestry - Forest Ecology: 2 courses from FOR404, FOR404L
Requirement 20: Major - Forestry - Forest Ecosystem Services
Major - Forestry - Forest Ecosystem Services: 1 course from FOR405
Requirement 21: Major - Forestry - Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture
Major - Forestry - Applied Forest Ecology: Silviculture: 2 courses from FOR406, FOR406L
Requirement 22: Major - Forestry - Wildland Fire
Major - Forestry - Wildland Fire: 1 course from FOR412
Requirement 23: Major - Forestry - Renewable Wood Products
Major - Forestry - Renewable Wood Products: 1 course from FOR414
Requirement 24: Major - Forestry - Field Studies
Major - Forestry - Field Studies: 1 course from FOR420
Requirement 25: Major - Forestry - Forest Resource Economics and Management
Major - Forestry - Forest Resource Economics and Management: 1 course from FOR462
Requirement 26: Major - Forestry - Natural Resource Policy
Major - Forestry - Natural Resource Policy: 1 course from FOR466
Requirement 27: Major - Forestry - Ecological Monitoring and Data Analysis
Major - Forestry - Ecological Monitoring and Data Analysis: 1 course from FOR472
Requirement 28: Major - Forestry - Applications GIS Natural Resources
Major - Forestry - Applications GIS Natural Resources: 1 course from FW419
Requirement 29: Major - Forestry - Plant Biology
Major - Forestry - Plant Biology: 2 courses from PLB105, PLB106
Requirement 30: Major - Forestry - Diseases and Insects of Forest and Shade Trees
Major - Forestry - Diseases and Insects of Forest and Shade Trees: 1 course from PLP407
Requirement 31: Major - Forestry - Calculus
Major - Forestry - Calculus: 1 course from MTH124, MTH132
Requirement 32: Major - Forestry - Statistics
Major - Forestry - Statistics: 1 course from STT201, STT224, STT231, STT421
Requirement 33: Major - Forestry - Fisheries and Wildlife Choice
Major - Forestry - Fisheries and Wildlife Choice: 1 course from FW410, FW443, FW444
Requirement 34: Major - Forestry - WRA Writing Choice
Major - Forestry - WRA Writing Choice: 1 course from WRA320, WRA331, WRA341, WRA453
Requirement 35: Major - Forestry - Independent Study or Internship
Major - Forestry - Independent Study or Internship: 1 course from FOR490, FOR493, an approved study abroad experience.
Requirement 36: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Option3: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTH116
Option4: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTHRQMT
Option1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
Option2: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114
Requirement 37: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202
Requirement 38: College Distribution
College Distribution: 26 credits from courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Requirement 39: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 40: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.