Forestry (Minor)

Forestry (Minor)

What is forestry?

Forestry is the art and science of managing and conserving forests.The forestry minor introduces you to the sustainable management of forests for productivity, health and biodiversity. You’ll learn about forest ecology, inventory and modeling, and have the opportunity to study the economics and management of forests, watershed water quality, geographic information systems and remote sensing. Combine this minor with a major such as business, environmental studies, biology, wildlife and conservation biology, or recreation management and administration to prepare for forestry-related careers in business, industry or government.

Why study forestry at UNH?

Located in second-most forested state in the U.S., UNH is the perfect location to study forestry. Our nationally accredited program emphasizes hands-on experience through intensive lab and fieldwork in university woodlands and in the White Mountain National Forest. You’ll be encouraged to participate in faculty research projects and UNH’s EcoQuest study-abroad program in New Zealand.You’ll also have the opportunity to join the UNH Forestry Club, Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Honor Society and the UNH Woodsmen Team.

Potential career areas

  • Business management
  • Education and outreach
  • Forest and conservation management
  • Forestry consulting
  • Forestry operations
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Outdoor recreation management
  • Research
  • State or national parks management
  • Surveying
  • Urban forestry
  • Wildlife management

Academic Program Manager
Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824
  • EcoQuest
    Hands-on environmental studies for U.S. students
    Ecology, sustainability, and environmental science were the focus of a special visit by EcoQuest’s international students to the Ramsar wetland at Pūkorokoro Miranda on 28 October 2022.
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  • UNH Assistant Professor Jeff Garnas
    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.
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Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in Forestry serves as a concentrated study, beyond a student's primary major, that allows students to explore their interest in forest ecology and management, and to build skills that can help launch a career in forest conservation.

Students interested in a minor in Forestry must complete a minimum of 5 courses and 20 credits with a grade of C- or better. Pass/Fail courses may not be used for the minor. Up to 8 credits can be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements. 

Required Courses
NR 425Field Dendrology4
NR 527Forest Ecology4
Choose one of the following:4
NR 749Forest Inventory and Modeling4
or NR 757 Remote Sensing of the Environment
Choose one of the following:4
NR 729Silviculture4
or NR 745 Forest Management
Electives - Choose one of the following or one of the alternative courses from above:4
NR 506Forest Entomology4
NR 603Landscape Ecology4
NR 643Economics of Forestry4
NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
NR 703Watershed Water Quality Management4
NR 734Tropical Ecology4
NR #765Community Ecology4
NR 782Forest Health in a Changing World4
Total Credits60

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