Forestry Major B.S.F.

Forestry Major B.S.F.

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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

Wendy Rose

BUSINESS MANAGER II
Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824
Natural Resources and the Environment
114 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1022

  • Protecting Forests on an Interconnected and Changing Planet
    Jeff Garnas says that the planet's forests face serious problems due to climate change and a global trade system that make possible the spread of insects and pathogens.
    Protecting Forests on an Interconnected and Changing Planet
    Jeff Garnas says that the planet's forests face serious problems due to climate change and a global trade system that make possible the spread of insects and pathogens.

Curriculum & Requirements

Forestry is 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.

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

The mission of UNH’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, of which the Forestry Program is an integral part, is to serve as an educational center for the scholarly study of environmental and social sciences, and their application to the policy and management of natural resources from local to global scales.  This is accomplished through education, research and outreach.  This mission reflects UNH’s larger mission to provide comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction, including a strong commitment to serving the public good and promoting the excitement of discovery among faculty and students.

The goal of the Forestry Program is to train natural resource professionals to sustainably manage forested landscapes for diverse objectives and in ways that balance changing social, cultural, economic, and environmental interests and priorities.

Our educational objectives are to:

  1. Develop a strong knowledge base about the ecology and dynamics of forest ecosystems, including interactions between trees, wildlife, insects, soils, water, humans, and other ecosystem components.
  2. Understand how different policies and management decisions affect forest dynamics over short to long time scales, and on different spatial scales.
  3. Cultivate the necessary skills to manage forests for diverse objectives and to assess, respect, and balance the interests of different groups to achieve societal benefits.
  4. Be able to critically evaluate scientific information and integrate this with professional experience and changing societal values to support adaptive management of forest resources.

Sample Course Sequence for Forestry

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Select one of the following: 4
Calculus for Life Sciences  
Finite Mathematics  
Calculus I  
NR 415 Natural Resources Field Methods 2
NR 425 Field Dendrology 4
NR 433 Wildlife Ecology 4
BIOL 409
Green Life: Introducing the Botanical Sciences
or Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
4
Discovery Elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)  
 Credits26
Second Year
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
EREC 411
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
or Principles of Economics (Micro)
4
NR 501 Studio Soils 4
NR 504 Freshwater Resources 4
NR 506 Forest Entomology 4
NR 527 Forest Ecology 4
NR 600 Work Experience 0
Oral Communications Skills Course  
Discovery Elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)  
 Credits24
Third Year
NR 602 Natural Resources and Environmental Policy 4
NR 643 Economics of Forestry 4
NR 658 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
FORT 527 Forest Ecology 4
NR 729 Silviculture 4
NR 757 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
NR 785
Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions
or Plant Pathology
4
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)  
 Credits28
Fourth Year
NR 745 Forest Management 4
NR 749 Forest Inventory and Modeling 4
Select one of the following: 4
Recreation Resource Management  
Social Impact Assessment  
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society  
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)  
 Credits12
 Total Credits90

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.

Requirements
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
Select one of the following:4
Calculus for Life Sciences
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
NR 415Natural Resources Field Methods2
NR 425Field Dendrology4
NR 433Wildlife Ecology4
BIOL 409Green Life: Introducing the Botanical Sciences4
or BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
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 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
Select one of the following:4
Recreation Resource Management
Social Impact Assessment
Issues of Wilderness and Nature in American Society
Oral Communications Skills Course4
Total Credits92

Explore Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) Program prepares students to address major environmental challenges including sustainable resource management, biodiversity protection, climate change, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, and soil and water conservation through the management and conservation of public and private forests.  Our BSF program provides a strong professional foundation with extensive field experiences and a broad general education spanning the biological, physical, economic, and social disciplines that allows students to pursue their special abilities and interests.   UNH’s BSF degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.  

The objectives of the Forestry Program are to:  (1) educate professional foresters in a SAF accredited Bachelor of Science in Forestry program oriented toward the practice of forestry in New Hampshire and the Northeast, but broad enough in scope to provide a BSF graduate background in national and international forestry practice, issues and problems; (2) provide opportunities for advanced education in forestry through integration with our Master of Science in Forestry Program and the University-wide PhD program in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science; (3) conduct forest research required to advance the practice and study of sustainable forestry within New Hampshire, the Northeast, the United States, and the world; and (4) actively assist in the extension mission of the University.  

Information about the types of careers and continuing educational opportunities that UNH Forestry graduates have pursued are presented in UNH’s First Destination Survey: https://unh.app.box.com/s/4kpd74qlshmg7csoiwcrxyiierzuhcrd

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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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