OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

What Will You Learn? Forestry (Landscape Processes Option)


Students in the Forestry (Landscape Processes option) degree program focus on managing and actively planning for forest disturbance processes, such as wildfire, landslides, insects and disease. Graduates will have the knowledge and the skillset to incorporate natural processes, including disturbance, into active forest management planning. This option prepares students to prevent or mitigate damage resulting from disturbances or to use disturbance processes purposefully to achieve management objectives.

Students learn that disturbance processes, such as wildfire, insect or disease outbreak, landslides, and windthrow, are important considerations in any actively managed forest, regardless of the specific management objective. These skills will be particularly important for managing forests at the landscape scale and in the face of uncertainty and rapid change including in climate or land use patterns.

To achieve program goals, the curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations, and policy. Those who complete this program will be well prepared to continue on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines ranging from forestry to to public or business administration. Completion of this graduate degree is a common approach used to enhance career options in the private forestry sector.

Degree Requirements
The core curriculum in the Forestry (Landscape Processes option) degree is a broad-based education, including basic courses in mathematics, statistics, biology and ecology, the physical and social sciences, professional courses in forest biology and ecology, business and forest management. 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

Forestry (Landscape Processes option) Undergraduate Advising Guide (PDF)

OSU Catalog Description: Forest Landscape Processes