OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

What Will You Learn? (Forest Engineering)

The goal of the Forest Engineering degree program is to prepare graduates to plan and execute solutions to complicated forest and natural resource problems. Students are exposed to a variety of mathematics, engineering principles, forestry concepts, physics, communications, surveying, computer skills and statistics courses during their program.
Degree Requirements
The Forest Engineering curriculum prepares students to perform a wide range of engineering tasks associated with the management of forest lands, including designing and constructing roads, bridges, culverts, and other structures; developing logging plans and adapting logging systems to achieve quality resource management; and forest transportation system design. This program emphasizes analytical skills required for evaluating engineering systems, integrating the mechanical and economic requirements of forest operations with the biological requirements of the forest and the need to protect soil and water resources.
The College of Forestry has 11,500 acres of College Forests just minutes from campus, where students gain hands-on experience in the concepts and practices they learn about in the classroom.

In addition to the required curriculum, all students are required to complete a total of six months of satisfactory employment in an area related to their major. This is often accomplished by two or more summers of work, but it may include work during the academic year. Work performance and personal conduct are thoroughly appraised by the College of Forestry.

Professional School
The Society of American  Foresters (SAF) accredited Forestry degree program is a part of the Professional Forestry School. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or higher in all pre‐professional courses (pre-professional courses are taken in the first two years), and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.25 on all pre-professional courses. Once admitted to the Professional School (Pro School) in the Spring prior to junior year, students attend a two-week intensive Forestry Field School to gain hands-on experience in Oregon’s western and eastern forest ecosystems. For additional information on the Professional Forestry School, please visit http://ferm.forestry.oregonstate.edu/what-pro-school

Cooperative Education Program
Students pursuing a Professional degree within the College of Forestry also have the opportunity to participate in the Cooperative Education Program (Coop Ed), designed to enhance the education of future forestry professionals through focused collaboration with state and federal agencies, industrial firms and non-governmental organizations. The Cooperative Education Program is designed to provide students with superior quality high-impact educational experiences that go well beyond the routine six month work experience requirement. For additional information on the Coop Ed program, please visit http://ferm.forestry.oregonstate.edu/cooperative-education

Forest Engineering Undergraduate Advising Guide (PDF)

OSU Catalog Description: Forest Engineering