What Will You Learn? Forestry (Operations option)

Students in the Forestry (Operations option) degree program focus on the business and timber harvesting side of forestry. Student learn how to actively managing lands with economic efficiency and with evolving markets and policy to provide timber and fiber for the nation. To achieve program goals, the curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations.

Degree Requirements
The core curriculum in Forest (Operations option) includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations. As part of the curriculum, students earn a business minor, which enhances their skills in accounting, finance, business law, and organizational behavior. 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. The degree program concludes with two quarter-long capstone courses in which students apply their forestry and business knowledge to solve a large integrated forest operations problem.

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 (Operations option) Undergraduate Advising Guide (PDF)

OSU Catalog Description: Forest Operations Management