Forestry Bachelor of Science
Department of Forest Rangeland Watershed Stewardship
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Do you like to spend time in the woods, feeling at home among the trees? Are you concerned how the health of our forests affects your own life? Would like to help preserve, protect and maintain forests for future generations’ use and enjoyment? Have you ever wondered how valuable forest products can be harvested in a beneficial and environmentally sustainable manner? Would you like to manage a forest to preserve or restore its long-term viability, improve wildlife habitat, or maintain regional air and water quality? Do you wish to know how fire might be employed as a forest management tool? Are you interested in the ecology of forests and the biology of trees? Would you like to have a hand in dealing with today’s most critical natural resource and environmental problems? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then a major in Forestry may be right for you.

In the modern world, forests need professional management to ensure that these valuable resources are available for the benefit of present and future generations. With this objective in mind the Department of Forest Sciences provides forestry education that spans the entire range of experiences necessary to build skills for the forestry profession. Curricula include a broad background in the biological, physical, and management sciences, followed by professional forestry courses. Sophomores spend a month or more at the Pingree Park mountain campus for field studies in forest ecology, plant and animal identification, wild land fire measurements, forest mapping, and forest measurements. Four concentrations are available in the Forestry major.

Forest Biology is intended for students interested in forest ecology and tree biology. This concentration prepares students for graduate studies in forest biological sciences and eventual careers in teaching or research. The core curriculum focuses on forest biology, forest ecology, natural resource management, and the physical sciences.

Forest Fire Science is the study of fire as an ecological process and its application as a forest management tool. Students learn how to control wildfires and how prescribed fires can enhance habitat, prepare seedbeds, control forest insects and disease, and reduce fuel hazards. This program is the largest of its kind in the United States. The curriculum combines courses in fire science, forest biology, natural resource management, and the physical sciences to build skills for a career or graduate study in fire science.

Forest Management is a traditional forestry concentration designed to instill an understanding of the basic principles of forestry. Although many students go on to graduate studies, the program is primarily intended for students interested in managing forestlands. State and federal land management agencies, private forestland owners, consultants, and conservation organizations employ graduates. The curriculum includes a balanced mix of courses in forest biology, integrated forest resource management and the physical sciences. Students learn about forest productivity, economics, policy, conservation, and the latest in computer-based management tools.

The Forestry-Business concentration is for students who wish to study forestry with an emphasis in business. The concentration prepares students for careers in the public sector or private enterprise. Students learn business applications as these relate to forestry. The curriculum includes a mix of forest management, and business administration courses. Graduates may also be eligible for graduate studies in forestry and MBA programs.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in forest biology or forest management.
* Aptitude for natural sciences
* Strong analytical ability
* Likes working with physical things and in nature
* Organizational communication, social and decision making skills
* Prefers hands on work
* Prefers working outdoors in the field
* Able to combine diverse concepts and facts into an holistic understanding of issues and possible solutions
* Able to work in a team and alone
* Well organized and able to pay attention to detail and think critically
* Interest in policy formation and implementation
* Adaptable to changing conditions and environments

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Careers in forestry and natural resources are exceptionally varied, challenging, and personally satisfying. Opportunities are available in rural and urban settings worldwide. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Positions are available in industry, education, consulting, public service, and government agencies. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* Forest manager
* Forest/park ranger
* Environmental policy and conservation consultant
* Fire fighter/manager
* Natural resource journalist
* Naturalist
* Land use planner
* Geospatial Information Systems specialist
* Forest products business person
* Researcher/professor

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* American Society of Foresters (Student Chapter)
* Society for Conservation Biology
* Natural Resources College Council
* Omicron Chapter of Xi Sigma Pi.
* Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE)
* Student Firefighter Association

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department
131 Forestry Building
1472 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1472
970-491-6911
http://welcome.warnercnr.colostate.edu/frws-home/index.php
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-91-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1401
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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