MSU Forestry students discover their role in sustaining forests and the ecosystem services they provide, including conservation of biodiversity, wood, clean water and global climate stabilization. Students learn to be leaders through multi-disciplinary coursework, field studies, cutting edge technology and mentorship from respected faculty in one of the longest-standing Forestry programs in the United States.

Students gathered for field work

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science degree educates forestry science professionals and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. It integrates ecology, biology, economics and social science to help students solve some of the world’s most pressing natural resource, environmental and energy issues. Students have the opportunity to minor in Urban and Community Forestry. Students who are not majoring in Forestry can minor in ForestryForestry Field Applications or Urban and Community Forestry.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs have two tracks: research-intensive or professional. They 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.


The mission of MSU Forestry is to create and transfer fundamental and applied knowledge of forested and associated systems from an integrated ecological, social and economic perspective. We bring knowledge and skills to advance conservation, restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem services from local to global scales.