The College of Forestry at Oregon State University is one of the world’s premier education, research, and outreach institutions that focuses on broad areas related to forest resources, terrestrial systems, wood products, ecosystem services, recreation, tourism, and their management.
We provide our graduates with an understanding of the complexity of forests and the economic and social systems that depend upon them; to work with nature to keep land healthy for future generations; to know the science, technology and business associated with managing, and using forests and related resources; and to work effectively with others in a culturally diverse, global society.
The OSU College of Forestry has educated students for over 100 years. We offer a breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. Our programs are ranked among the very best in the world. Our world-class faculty and modern facilities, combined with remarkable access to local forests, private industries, public agencies, international travel, and research through paid internships, cooperative education, and mentored work experiences, provide our students with necessary knowledge and skills for fulfilling careers.
140 Peavy Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5704
Thomas Maness, Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean, 541-737-1585, firstname.lastname@example.org
Randall S. Rosenberger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 541-737-4425, email@example.com
John Bliss, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs, 541-737-4427, firstname.lastname@example.org
James E. Johnson, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement, 541-737-4233, email@example.com
Stephen D. Tesch, Director of Research, 541-737-5525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Degrees and Accreditations
The college offers Bachelor of Science (BS, HBS) degrees in Forest Engineering, Forestry, Recreation Resource Management, Renewable Materials, and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership; and, in coordination with the College of Engineering, a double degree in Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering. We also coordinate the interdisciplinary degree in Natural Resources.
The college also offers forestry specializations within the BS degrees in Environmental Sciences and Bioresource Research.
BS degrees in Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). In addition, the BS degree in Forest Engineering and the BS double degree in Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The BS degree in Renewable Materials is accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).
Graduate programs in Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Ecosystems and Society, and Wood Science and Engineering include the Master of Forestry (MF), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Each department also participates in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS). The college also offers an online-only Master of Natural Resources (MNR) and an online-only graduate certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR). We also actively participate in the Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) program for students interested in combining Peace Corps experience with a master's degree.
Concurrent Degrees: International, Education, and Sustainability
Undergraduates with majors in the College of Forestry also can earn secondary degrees in International Studies, Sustainability, or Education. For additional information, see the International Programs section or the College of Education section of this catalog.
The college offers minors in Forestry, Recreation Resource Management, Natural Resources, Renewable Materials, and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership.
High School Preparation
Students planning to study at Oregon State University should include the following subjects in their high school programs: English, 4 years; mathematics, 3 years; science, 3 years (to include at least one year each of two different sciences—biology, chemistry, physics, etc.); social studies, 3 years; and foreign language, 2 years.
Because of the technical and professional nature of the college’s curricula, the college reserves the right to determine whether courses taken at another institution satisfy the college’s curricular requirements. In general, equivalent college-level courses successfully completed at an accredited college or university are accepted. OSU students requesting transfer to the College of Forestry must be a student in good academic standing at the university. Please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-1594 for additional information.
The College of Forestry is committed to helping students succeed. Students meet with an advisor each term. Advisors are valuable sources of information about degree program options and choices, mentoring, and other special opportunities in line with students’ interests. Advising personnel in the college’s Student Services Office are also available to help with university rules and regulations, job placement, exchange programs, and referrals to cross-campus programs and services. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their program planning, and to use their time at OSU to develop themselves both academically and professionally.
The college and the OSU Career Services Center provide up-to-date information for both seasonal and permanent work and offer a full array of career services to prepare undergraduates and graduates for jobs.
Peavy and Richardson Halls contain modern classroom, laboratory, computer, and study facilities that support learning. We also offer a Self-Learning Center where students have access to educational materials, computers, and group study sessions. Our Wood Innovation Center promotes great relationships between students, employers, and faculty.
Classes use the nearby college forests for field instruction and research projects. In addition to the 11,500 acres in the McDonald-Dunn Forests, the college manages other forests in Oregon for education and research.
The college also makes extensive use of various public and private programs and facilities for student benefit. Numerous field trips to forests, wood processing and manufacturing operations, recreation facilities, and research sites enable students to observe contemporary problems and practices.
Corvallis is one of the largest forestry and wood science research centers in the world. An innovative research program is conducted by the college through its Forest Research Laboratory and by the campus-based Forest Sciences Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service. These organizations offer state-of-the-art facilities for educational and employment opportunities for superior students.
A Forest Products Collection contains approximately 2,500 species of wood, primarily from North and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa, while the grounds around the college are planted with an extensive collection of Pacific Northwest trees and shrubs.
Numerous opportunities exist for students to get involved in social and academic forestry activities, sports logging, and international travel. Clubs and student chapters of several professional societies are active in the college, as well as Xi Sigma Pi and Alpha Zeta, two national honorary societies to which College of Forestry students may belong. These clubs offer students the chance to develop leadership and team-building skills.
The College of Forestry offers scholarships to our most commendable undergraduate students. Most are merit-based and range in value from $1,000 to $9,000, with total awards averaging approximately $500,000 per year. Online applications are available at http://studentservices.forestry.oregonstate.edu/scholarships and are due February 15 of each year.
Graduate students are commonly supported with teaching and research assistantships, as well as fellowships with awards totaling an average of $100,000 per year. Information is available at http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/fellowships.
Scholarships and fellowships are awarded each spring for the following academic year.
To earn a bachelor of science degree, a student must complete 180 quarter credits of university-level courses for the Forestry, Recreation Resource Management, Renewable Materials, and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership programs, 192 quarter credits of university-level courses for the BS in Forest Engineering, and 242 for the BS in Forest Engineering and Civil Engineering. These curricula include:
- Written and oral communications, 13 credits including a senior writing intensive course.
- OSU Baccalaureate Core curriculum.
- Completion of an approved departmental curriculum.
- Students majoring in, Recreation Resource Management, Renewable Materials, and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership must earn grades of C– or better in all required forestry courses (with FE, FOR, FES, FS, TOL, WSE course designators or crosslisted courses or approved substitutions for majors, minors and options). Students majoring in Natural Resources must earn a C– or better in upper-division core or breadth courses.
- Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest/Civil Engineering majors must earn grades of C or better in all required forestry courses or approved substitutions for majors, minors and options.
- No courses used to complete major requirements in Forest Engineering, Forest/Civil Engineering, Forestry, Recreation Resource Management, Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, and Renewable Materials can be taken with S/U grading. Natural Resources majors can take up to two S/U graded courses in their core, breadth, or option.
- All undergraduate College of Forestry courses serving as prerequisites for other undergraduate College of Forestry courses must be completed with a grade of C, C– or better, depending on the program.
- Approved work experience as noted below.
Professional and Personal Requirements
Those majoring in Forest Engineering, Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering, Forestry, Recreation Resource Management, and Renewable Materials must complete six months of satisfactory employment in an area related to their major. Forestry students may opt into our Cooperative Education program, which requires two six-month internships with our external partners. Those majoring in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership must satisfactorily complete a supervised internship.
Students are personally responsible for fulfilling all curricular requirements in proper sequence. Work performance and personal conduct are thoroughly appraised by the college. Since the profession of forestry is highly regarded for its ethical and academic standards, students are responsible for observing the Professional Code of Conduct of the college in its entirety. Departure from these ethical requirements may be reason for removing a student from the college.