College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014
Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forestry
This program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry?
Here, you will experience innovative and holistic approaches to understanding forestry. Our professional core (four semesters of integrated study) will allow you to build a lasting career and personal relationships. The School of Forestry is a national and international leader in natural resource education and forest research, with a deep commitment to understanding and protecting the environment.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Private timber or consulting companies
- State departments of forestry
- State land departments
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Forest manager
- Government manager
- University professor
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 46 units of preprofessional requirements
- At least 51 units of professional requirements including 12-15 units of certificate or individualized concentration requirements
- Be aware that you may not use courses with an FOR prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MAT 125|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
You do not need to apply for admission to the School of Forestry to take courses in the preprofessional program; your admission to Northern Arizona University is sufficient.
However, application and admission to our professional program is required. You must complete all of the listed lower-division preprofessional courses before you can be admitted to and enrolled in the professional program, which starts with course numbers FOR 313, FOR 314, FOR 315, FOR 319.
You can apply for admission to the professional program after you have completed at least 36 of the 46 units of preprofessional courses. To be accepted into the professional program, you must:
Have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better in all of the preprofessional courses (excluding FOR 220, non-prerequisite liberal studies and elective courses)
Have earned a grade of "C" or better in:
- FOR 101, FOR 211, FOR 213, FOR 215, FOR 220, FOR 225
- ENG 105
- MAT 125
- STA 270
- (CHM 130, CHM 130L) or CHM 151, CHM 151L)
- BIO 181, BIO 181L, BIO 182, BIO 182L
- ECO 280
- CST 111
You will find an admission application for the professional program on our website at nau.edu/forestry. The deadline for submitting your application for fall term is March 1st of each year.
Take the following 97 units with a Grade of "C" or better:
Preprofessional Requirements (46 units)
- ENG 105 (4 units)
- MAT 125 and STA 270 (7 units)
- CHM 130, CHM 130L or CHM 151, CHM 151L (5 units)
- BIO 181, BIO 181L, BIO 182, BIO 182L (8 units)
- ECO 280 (3 units)
- CST 111 (3 units)
- FOR 101, FOR 211, FOR 213, FOR 215, FOR 220, FOR 225 (16 units)
- Professional Requirements (51-54 units)
Please note that you must enroll in all courses within a group in the same term, and you must complete each one with a grade of "C" or better before you can enroll in the next group of courses.
- Junior Fall Semester: FOR 313, FOR 314, FOR 315, FOR 319, which are only offered in the fall (12 units)
- Junior Spring Semester: FOR 323W, FOR 324, FOR 325, which are offered only in the spring (11 units)
- Senior Fall Semester: FOR 411, FOR 412, FOR 413, which are only offered in the fall (7 units)
- Senior Spring Semester: FOR 360, FOR 422, FOR 423C, which are only offered in the spring (9 units)
- Professional Core
Certificate or Individualized Focus Requirements
Complete an approved certificate plan or the Individualized Focus Area for the remaining 12-15 units. Certificates require a minimum of 9 units in 300- and 400-level courses. You must also earn a grade of "C" or better in each certificate or concentration area course (or "Pass" in Pass/Fail courses).
- Certificate or Individualized Focus Requirements
- Fire Ecology and Management
- Forest Health and Ecological Restoration
- International Forestry and Conservation
- Human Dimensions of Forest Management
- Wildlife Ecology and Management
You must develop a one-page written statement describing the purpose and scope of the proposed concentration area and have the statement approved by a faculty mentor and the Executive Director. You must also complete 12 units of FOR courses, including a minimum of 6 units of upper-division courses (300- or 400-level) that support the purpose and scope of the proposed concentration area topic as outlined in the written statement.
- Approved Certificates
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan Option
This program is available as an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Integrated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, allowing them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner. Students must apply to the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Integrated Program website to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive. Many qualified applicants are denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Integrated Programs.
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