Forestry Major B.S.F.

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Forestry Major B.S.F.

Program Overview

What is forestry?

Forestry is the art and science of managing and conserving forests. Our interdisciplinary forestry degree program focuses on sustainable management of forests for productivity, health and biodiversity. Forestry graduates help answer major environmental challenges involving climate change, sustainable development, resource management and biodiversity protection. They also work to protect and restore forest ecosystems, assure a sustainable supply of forest products, provide wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities and care for soil and water resources.

Why study forestry at UNH?

The bachelor of science in forestry at UNH is a professional degree accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is one of four accredited undergraduate forestry programs in New England. Located in second-most forested state in the U.S., UNH is the perfect location to study forestry. Our program emphasizes hands-on experience through intensive lab and fieldwork in university woodlands and in the White Mountain National Forest. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research projects and UNH’s EcoQuest study-abroad program in New Zealand.

Potential careers

  • Education and outreach
  • Forest and conservation management
  • Forest policy advocacy
  • Forestry consulting
  • Forestry operations
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Research
  • Surveying
  • Urban forestry

Contact

Heidi Asbjornsen

Program Coordinator for Forestry
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1011
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 272, Durham, NH 03824
Natural Resources and the Environment
114 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1022

  • Assistant professor Jeff Garnas, and his lab of undergrad and graduate researchers are looking into the threat from the emerald ash borer, which highlights a looming forest health crisis.
    Assistant professor Jeff Garnas, and his lab of undergrad and graduate researchers are looking into the threat from the emerald ash borer, which highlights a looming forest health crisis.

Curriculum & Requirements

Forestry an interdisciplinary profession, embracing the sustainable management of forest ecosystems for productivity, biodiversity, and health.  The Forestry program’s goals are to provide a solid professional preparation with a strong field component, founded in a broad general education, and with the flexibility to allow students to pursue special abilities and interests.  The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.S.F.) degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Forestry graduates help manage and conserve public and private forests, addressing major environmental challenges including climate change, biodiversity protection, and sustainable resource management.  They use science, planning, and geospatial technology to protect and restore forest ecosystems, ensure a sustainable forest product industry, provide wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities, and conserve soils and watersheds.

Freshman Year
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
ENGL 401First-Year Writing4
Select one of the following:
MATH 424B
Calculus for Life Sciences
MATH 420
Finite Mathematics
MATH 425
Calculus I
NR 415Natural Resources Field Methods2
NR 425Field Dendrology4
NR 433Wildlife Ecology4
BIOL 409Introductory Botany4
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)
Sophomore Year
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives (Micro)4
or ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro)
NR 501Studio Soils4
NR 504Freshwater Resources4
NR 506Forest Entomology4
NR 527Forest Ecology4
NR 600Work Experience0
Oral Communications Skills Course
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)
Junior Year
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
NR 643Economics of Forestry4
NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
FORT 579Forest Fire Control and Use2
NR 502Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change4
NR 729Silviculture4
NR 757Remote Sensing of the Environment4
NR 782Forest Health in a Changing World4
or SAFS 651 Plant Pathology
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)
Senior Year
NR 745Forest Management4
NR 749Forest Inventory and Modeling4
RMP 711Recreation Resource Management4
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)

All forestry majors must satisfy the B.S.F. requirements and all Discovery Program requirements. Students must satisfy the Inquiry requirement of the Discovery Program by completing an Inquiry or Inquiry-attribute course. Seniors must also satisfy the capstone experience requirement of the Discovery Program. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course (NR 745 Forest Management), created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, and other special student activity). Departments are responsible for certifying that graduating seniors have met the capstone requirement for their majors.

Students interested in the forestry program may consult with the program coordinator, Mark Ducey, (603) 862-4429.

Requirements
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
Select one of the following:4
MATH 424B
Calculus for Life Sciences
MATH 420
Finite Mathematics
MATH 425
Calculus I
NR 415Natural Resources Field Methods2
NR 425Field Dendrology4
NR 433Wildlife Ecology4
BIOL 409Introductory Botany4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 411 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives4
or ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro)
NR 501Studio Soils4
NR 504Freshwater Resources4
NR 506Forest Entomology4
NR 527Forest Ecology4
NR 600Work Experience0
CMN 500Public Speaking4
or THDA 522 Storytelling, Story Theatre, and Involvement Dramatics
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
NR 643Economics of Forestry4
NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
FORT 579Forest Fire Control and Use2
NR 502Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change4
NR 729Silviculture4
NR 757Remote Sensing of the Environment4
NR 782Forest Health in a Changing World4
or SAFS 651 Plant Pathology
NR 745Forest Management 14
NR 749Forest Inventory and Modeling4
RMP 711Recreation Resource Management4
Oral Communications Skills Course4
Total Credits96

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Xi Sigma Pi is facilitated through the UNH NREN department. Its goal is to unite likeminded individuals through service and fraternal spirit through a shared enjoyment of the environment. In addition, members receive recognition for their service by earning a cord to wear during graduation. Opportunities to take up leadership roles and give back to the NREN department are abundant.

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