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Forestry is the profession of sustainably managing forest lands to meet society's demands for wood, clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, conservation of forest flora and fauna, and climate amelioration.


The nationally-accredited forestry curriculum is widely regarded as one of the top five forestry programs in the country. The curriculum provides a sound understanding of forest ecosystems, the various ways people view and utilize the forest, and management tools and concepts applied in forest conservation and management.

The curriculum stresses "hands-on" field experience, teamwork, and developing critical thinking skills through problem analysis, and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Course Sequences

Related Minors and Certificate Programs

Students pursuing the forestry major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs alongside the forestry major, as circumstances allow. Warnell offers other certificate options as well.

  • Water Resources certificate - students taking Senior Project (FANR 4500S) instead of Senior Thesis (FANR 4600) should take HORT 4590 or FORS 4110 as one of their electives to finish the coursework requirements. An associated seminar series is required.
  • Environmental Law minor - students must complete ENVM 4930 as one of their major electives. Additionally, the remaining major electives (6 hrs.) must come from the following: AAEC 4710, ENVM 3060, ENVM 4800, PHIL 4220, FANR 4810, and REAL 4000. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses applying towards this minor.
  • GIS certificate - students must have a B or higher grade in all courses counting towards the GIS certificate, including FANR 3800. Major electives must be GEOG 4370, GEOG 4330, and FORS 5650.