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Forestry Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS)

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College of Forestry | Forest Engineering, Resources and Management


Forest Management
Forest Operations Management
Forest Restoration and Fire

The successful forester must understand the biological and physical processes of forest ecosystems, as well as the social, economic, and operational forces that influence forest policies and management actions. The forestry core curriculum includes basic courses in the biological, physical, social sciences, and six months of work experience as well as professional courses designed to prepare students to manage forest resources.

Students are required to select one of the following required options:

The Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

In addition to the listed courses, all students are required to complete a total of six months of satisfactory employment in an area related to their major. This is usually 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.

Six months of forestry or related natural resource work experience and completion of an option is required in the forestry degree program. The option courses compliment the forestry core and serve to fulfill the 180 credits for graduation.

Pre-Professional Forestry Program

Admission to the pre-professional program requires that a student be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level student at Oregon State University. Courses included in the first and sophomore years comprise a pre-professional program of study that produces a solid foundation for professional program studies at the junior, senior, and advanced degree levels. The pre-professional program may be taken at Oregon State University or at any accredited college or university that offers equivalent courses transferable to OSU in conjunction with foundation forestry available via OSU Ecampus.

Professional Forestry Program

Successful completion of the pre-professional program will result in acceptance into the professional program. This requires selection of an option and:

  1. a grade of "C" or better in all pre-professional courses required for entry into the professional program (marked with an E on the course list). Grade repeat (replacement) policy will follow OSU Academic Regulation 20.
  2. a minimum GPA of 2.25 based on the pre-professional courses (or transfer equivalents) satisfactorily completed.

Admission to the professional program will be granted for students meeting the admission requirements prior to fall term of the junior year. Application for the professional program will be made as of the end of winter term for the following fall term.

Enrollment in professional program courses is restricted to those students who have clearly demonstrated an ability to achieve the standards required for professional studies. The number of students admitted to the program is determined based on available resources. Students meeting the minimum Pre-Forestry GPA of 2.25 may or may not be admitted depending on available resources.

Students who have completed their pre-professional studies at a college or university other than Oregon State University must apply both to the OSU Office of Admissions for admission to OSU as a degree-seeking undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level student and to the College of Forestry for admission to the professional program. Application forms and information on policies and programs are available from the College of Forestry.

Students who have not satisfactorily completed all of the pre-professional courses when they apply may be provisionally accepted. Final acceptance is contingent on completion of any remaining pre-professional course work with grade of "C" or better by the end of the summer term prior to entrance into the professional program. Students who receive provisional acceptance and then fail to attain "C" or better grades in any remaining pre-professional course work prior to the beginning of fall term will be re-directed to the pre-professional forestry program.

All courses required for admission to the professional program must be completed before entering the professional program. Students may only enter the professional program for fall term each academic year.

The professional program begins with Forestry Field School during the two weeks prior to the first fall term of the professional program.

Pre-Professional Forestry (Major code 810)

Grade standards for the pre-professional program as listed in the program description apply.

First Year (42–44 credits)

AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)1E
   or ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)1E
CH 231. *General Chemistry (4)1E
CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)1E
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)1E
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)1E
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)1E
FES 241. Dendrology (3)E
FOR 111. Introduction to Forestry (3)E
   or NR 201. Managing Natural Resources for the Future (3)E
FOR 112. Computing Applications in Forestry (3)E
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)1
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)1
   or any PAC course (1–2)1
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)E
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)E
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)1E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)1E
Option course (3)

Sophomore Year (42–47 credits)

BI 204. *Introductory Biology I (4)1E
   or BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)1E
FE 208. Forest Surveying (4)E
FE 209. Forest Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (4)E
FE 257. GIS and Forest Engineering Applications (3)E
PH 201. *General Physics (5)E
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3)1E
   and FOR 206. *Forest Soils Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1)1E
  or SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1)1E and FOR 208. Forest Soils Recitation (1)1E
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)E
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)1E
   or WR 362. *Science Writing (3)1E
Option Courses and/or Bacc Core Courses (12–16)

Professional Forestry (Major code 820)

All students pursuing the BS in Forestry;

  1. must earn grades of "C" or better in all required professional forestry courses (with FE, FES, FOR course designators), or crosslisted course designators, or approved substitutions for majors and options, and;
  2. must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all major course work, defined as courses listed by prefix (e.g., FOR, BA, BOT) and number, or used for substitution of required courses, and as part of option lists.

Junior Year (43–48 credits)

FE/FOR 307. Junior Seminar (1)
FE/FOR 312. Forestry Field School (2)
FE 370. Harvesting Operations (4)
FE 434. Forest Watershed Management (4)
FOR 321. Forest Mensuration (5)
FOR 330. Forest Resource Economics I (4)
FOR 331. Forest Resource Economics II (4)
FOR 442. Silviculture Reforestation (4)
FOR 443. Silvicultural Practices (4)
Option Courses and/or Bacc Core Courses (16–20)

Senior Year (42–45 credits)

FE/FOR 457. Techniques for Forest Resource Analysis (4)
FE/FOR 459. Forest Management Planning and Design I (4)
FE/FOR 456. *International Forestry (3) [or other CGI Bacc Core course]1
FOR 460. ^Forest Policy (4)
   or FE 460. ^Forest Operations Regulations and Policy Issues (3)
FOR/FE 469. Forest Management Planning and Design II (4)
Option Courses and/or Bacc Core Courses (23–29)

Total=180 credits


E Required for entry into the professional program
1 Must be selected to satisfy baccalaureate core requirements.
* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Pre-Professional Forestry Major Code: 810

Major Code: 820

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