Forestry Degree, Management Option

Casey Clapp

“There are so many different paths you can take once you’re here … you’ll have a blast here!  You won’t find a better school with more to offer and a better reputation than the College of Forestry at OSU.”

-Casey Clapp, Forest Management Student

What Will You Learn?


Actively plan, observe and manage for the health of the entire forest ecosystem, with an emphasis on the management of forest resources for multiple uses and multiple values.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Professional Forestry prepares graduates to actively plan, observe and manage for the health of the entire forest ecosystem. Professional foresters play a critical role in understanding and protecting multiple-use natural resources. The primary goals of a forester include managing natural resources for sustainable timber harvesting, and protecting forests for conservation and recreation purposes.
  • The Forestry degree program currently offers three options of study for students to choose from: Management, Operations and Landscape Processes.
  • The Management option focuses on the biological, ecological and economic characteristics of forests and society. Students gain knowledge and experience in active forest management, including monitoring the health of forests and natural resources, maintaining species inventory, timber cruising, planning and executing harvesting operations, focusing on conservation and sustainability of natural resources such as wildlife, and protecting the forest from harmful weeds, insects, disease, erosion and fire.
  • The Professional Forestry degree program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the largest professional society for foresters in the world.