Forestry combines elements of ecology, biology, environmental science, public policy and economics to address a variety of environmental and social issues - from combating global climate change and invasive species to providing forest products and wildlife habitats. 

The Bachelor of Science degree educates forestry science professionals and is accredited by the Society of American ForestersGraduate programs are designed for individuals pursuing a wide range of careers in academia, management, public agencies, non-government organizations or the private sector. Students also have the option to obtain a Graduate Certificate in: Spatial Ecology or Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management.


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  • Date: April 4, 2017
    Location: Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 225

    Ashley Keiser presents “The interplay between biotic and abiotic controls over litter decomposition processes.”


  • Date: April 8, 2017
    Location: various (see description)

    Join MSU Forestry for three special activities at the MSU Science Festival: 1.) Trees: Making a World of Difference One Planting at a Time 2.) The Fungi in Our Lives 3.) Knock on Wood: The Magical Mystery of Tree Growth.

  • Date: April 9, 2017
    Location: Belle Isle Nature Zoo, 176 Lakeside Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 4820

    Learn about how important trees are in our day-to-day lives and especially how individual trees and forests all over the world are vital for tackling climate change. Pick out, plant, and take home your very own tree seedling to do your part in taking on climate change.


  • Date: April 15, 2017
    Location: Baker Woodlot, NE Entrance Located on Bogue St.

    How do forests change over time? Why do certain tree species occur where they do? How do soils influence forest change and species composition? Which tree species in Michigan are likely to be dominant in a predicted warmer environment? How do scientists study these questions?  Come find out answers to these questions in this interactive tour of Baker Woodlot. Scientists from MSU’s Department of Forestry will bring research to life through hands-on examples.


  • Date: April 18, 2017
    Location: Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 225

    Barry Gardiner presents “Wind impacts on tree growth, mechanics and damage.”


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Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Emily Caretti

Name: Emily Caretti
Hometown: Warren, MI 
Why Forestry: Forestry is such an awesome field! Not only do we get to spend most of our days running around in the woods, we also make huge contributions to society… Read More.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Malcom Itter

Name: Malcom Itter
Hometown: New York, NY
Degree: PhD
Advisor: Andrew Finley
Why forestry: Forestry is unique in that it combines ecological research focused on understanding the future… Read More