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Students working toward a forestry degree assemble forestry equipment outdoors on a bright, snowy day.

Interested in a forestry degree? 

Forestry students learn to address natural resource, environmental and energy issues through course work in the biological and social sciences. Outside the classroom, students pursuing a forestry degree bolster their education through study abroad programs, independent studies and professional internships. 

Foresters are specialized environmental scientists who address societal issues such as carbon sequestration, biofuel production, wood products manufacturing, habitat management, recreational lands management and the development of a sustainable, biologically based economy. 

The forestry major is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. 

Students may also complete this major through Lyman Briggs College.


Graduates with a forestry degree are dedicated to sustainable environmental management of the world's forests, which are critical to supporting human well-being and environmental quality. 

Alumni work at: 

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Tree care companies
  • Real estate investment trusts
  • Conservation groups
  • Forestry consulting firms
  • Timber management companies

Alumni work as: 

  • Conservation planners
  • Environmental sustainability coordinators
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Foresters
  • Urban foresters

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