Forestry Degree, Restoration and Fire Option

"I can tell somebody about what’s out here in the forest, but until they see it, it’s not going to matter to them as much. This is becoming a really important part of how our students move through our program.”

-Chris Dunn, PhD in Forest Resources

What Will You Learn?


Actively plan, observe and manage for the health of the entire forest ecosystem, with an emphasis on active management to accommodate, prevent, and mitigate and/or use forest disturbance processes as part of a forest management plan.

  • 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 Landscape Processes option focuses on managing for forest disturbance processes, such as wildfire, landslides, insects and disease.
  • The Professional Forestry degree program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the largest professional society for foresters in the world.
  • The program is certified by the Association for Fire Ecology.