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Forestry is the science of wilderness management, incorporating the study of trees, crops, soil, wildlife, plant life, park management, and other environmental issues. Forestry majors divide their time between the classroom and the field, and most Forestry programs require an extended stay in a camp setting. You probably won’t spend much time roasting marshmallows or playing touch football at Forestry camp, but you will get hands-on experience in the field.

Forestry majors work in many areas. Some work for the government as soil scientists, crop specialists, and park and forest rangers. Others work for private firms as growers, assessors, and consultants. As concern for the environment increases, Forestry majors may find themselves in increasing demand.


  • Calculus

  • Environmental Policy

  • Forest Biology and Dendrology

  • Forest Measurements

  • General Biology

  • General Chemistry

  • Geology

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Silviculture

  • Soils

  • Statistics

  • Tree Taxonomy, Growth, & Structure


A firm background in science will serve you well. Take as many courses in chemistry, biology, and physics as you can. Advanced math is usually a part of the Forestry curriculum, so courses in calculus and trigonometry are also useful. And don’t forget about P.E., baby. You’d better like being outside because most Forestry programs are physically demanding, and you don’t always get to stay indoors when the elements aren’t cooperative.