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What is forest ecology and management?

The forest ecology and management option emphasizes the biological, socio-political and managerial skills needed to ensure the sustainability of forest ecosystems.

Why forest ecology and management?

You'll gain the skills necessary for the measurement, assessment and evaluation of natural resources and the evaluation of management strategies for forest and related wildlands.

Career paths

The professional positions our graduates pursue upon graduation are as varied as the natural resources they wish to protect and enhance. Potential jobs include:


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Senior capstone course

In your senior capstone course, you will tackle a real resource management problem for a land or resource agency, working with a professional or private landowner. This will prepare you for your first professional assignment.


Fast fact 

The option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the specialized accrediting body for forestry programs in the U.S. Requirements for this option include the successful completion of two, three-week field camps in May, which are scheduled to follow the sophomore and junior years, and are held annually in diverse forest settings.


Student involvement

You can become an active member of one of the many student organizations in the department. Participation in these organizations gives you the chance to attend state, regional or national meetings to gain valuable advantages through networking, student competitions and interacting with various career-related activities.


Real-world experience 

Depending on your course of study, an internship or professional summer job experience may be required. This will provide you with real-world experiences, enhance your education and may lead to permanent employment following graduation.

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