B.S. in Forestry

Overview of the B.S. in Forestry Degree Program
Career Opportunities
Requirements for the B.S. in Forestry
Course Descriptions
Scholarships
MSU Forestry Club
Study Abroad Opportunities
Academic Advising

Overview of the B.S. in Forestry Degree Program

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forestry degree program at MSU is the longest-standing and among the leading programs in the United States. The program integrates ecology, biology, economics and social science to educate students how to sustainably manage forest ecosystems and apply knowledge of forestry science to help solve some of the world’s most pressing natural resource, environmental and energy issues.

Through hands-on laboratory experiences and field studies, students learn how to manage forests for a wide range of goals and acquire the skills to evaluate and ensure the ecological, economic and social sustainability of forests. Students who graduate from this program will possess the professional training to enable them to contribute significantly to the resolution of forest-centered environmental and resource problems.

Career Opportunities

Forestry professionals are employed in a variety of settings:

  • Public land management agencies (USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or state departments of natural resources)
  • Conservation organizations (Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy)
  • Forest products industry (management of bio-energy plantations and sustainable production of renewable wood products)
  • Combating climate change through work on forest-based climate mitigation projects, often in international settings, international development organizations in reforestation projects (Peace Corps)
  • Municipal forestry organizations or with private tree-care companies in promoting green, sustainable, and livable environments

The high quality education afforded by MSU’s Forestry B.S. provides the knowledge and skills needed for the career opportunities listed above, and many others, as well as the rigorous background needed for graduate studies in forestry and related fields, including: ecology, soil science, environmental science, geography, economics, social science, public policy, and law.

Requirements for the B.S. in Forestry

View Requirements for the B.S. in Forestry, available through the MSU Office of the Registrar.

Course Descriptions

View Forestry course descriptions, available through the MSU Office of the Registrar.

Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CURRENT MSU FORESTRY STUDENTS

The Department of Forestry offers three types of undergraduate scholarships: General, Urban and Community Forestry, and Forest Products.

To apply for a scholarship, view Descriptions of Scholarships to determine whether you will apply for a General, Urban and Community Forestry, and/or Forest Products Scholarship and fill out the Forests Forever Scholars Program -  CURRENT MSU FORESTRY STUDENTS.

Form should be completed and e-mailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with subject line: Forests Forever Scholars Program. Or please print and mail the form to:

Walter Chomentowski
Forestry Academic Advisor
214 Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INCOMING FRESHMAN AND STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT MSU
Incoming students may qualify for the Department of Forestry’s new “Forests Forever Scholars Program.” The Forests Forever Scholars Program provides extraordinary opportunities for learning, leadership development, and multi-year scholarships for outstanding Forestry majors (including incoming freshman and transfer students). Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 - $10,000 per year, depending on academic merit and financial need.

Scholarships are renewable to a total term of four years, contingent on satisfactory academic performance (a GPA greater than 3.2 while attending MSU) and active participation in program activities.

Forests Forever Scholars participate in activities that expose them to a variety of forestry topics and that provide opportunities for leadership development. We expect Scholars to be leaders in contributing to the intellectual and social community of the Department of Forestry and encourage Scholars to be involved in registered student organizations and broader community service.

Scholars also have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with Department visitors and speakers. With respect to leadership, Scholars serve as ambassadors for the Forestry Department, including attendance at alumni functions and presentations to prospective Forestry students.

To apply for the Forests Forever Scholars Program

For current MSU students, please fill out Forests Forever Scholars Program Application - FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT MSU.

For high school students or students from another college or university, please fill out Forests Forever Scholars Program Application - FOR INCOMING FRESHMAN ONLY.

Forms should be completed and e-mailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with subject line: Forests Forever Scholars Program. Or please print and mail the form to:

Walter Chomentowski
Forestry Academic Advisor
214 Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


MSU Forestry Club

The MSU Forestry Club is a Society of American Foresters student chapter open to all students in the Department of Forestry. The club sponsors numerous activities, including maple syrup production, regional forestry skills competitions, camping trips and professional seminars.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Michigan State University and the Department of Forestry encourage students to get involved in experiential learning. Study Abroad programs provide an important opportunity to that end. Many programs are available; two are rooted in the Department of Forestry:

Canada-US Comparative Natural Resource Policy - This program provides students with an understanding of similarities and differences between natural resource policies in Canada and the United States. Many field locations in Ontario and Michigan are visited.

Carbon, Climate, and Livelihoods in Tropical Agro-Forestry Systems and Making Agriculture Sustainable: Challenges and Alternatives - This course will focus on the application of climate change science and carbon cycle science to rural poverty alleviation and sustainable development through the methods of carbon management in agro-forestry. This study abroad opportunity is one session of the EARTH Consortium Summer Study Abroad.

Collaborative Governance Challenges in Forests & Protected Areas in Southeast Europe: Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia - This program introduces students to challenges associated with the effects of long term political tension and unrest on community based natural resource management.

For more on Study Abroad programs, see details at the MSU Office of Study Abroad.

Academic Advising

If you have questions about the undergraduate program, please contact:

Mr. Walter Chomentowski
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
214 Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-0091
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