College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2021-2022


Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forestry

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Communications:
    • Oral Communication: An ability in preparing, and delivering effective oral presentations.
    • Written Communication: A proficiency in English composition, technical/business writing, and writing for non-professional audiences.  An ability to read with comprehension a variety of documents, and critically evaluate opposing viewpoints.
  • Science and Mathematics:
    • Biological sciences: An understanding of the components, patterns, and processes of biological and ecological systems across spatial and temporal scales. An understanding of molecular biology, cells, organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.
    • Physical sciences: An understanding of physical and chemical properties, measurements, structure, and states of matter.
    • Mathematics: The ability to understand and use the basic approaches and applications of mathematics and statistics for analysis and problem solving as appropriate for the programs stated outcomes.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities:
    • Understanding of, and an ability to address, moral and ethical questions.
    • An ability to use critical reasoning skills.
    • Understanding that human behavior and social and economic structures, processes, and institutions are important across a broad range of societies.
    • Understanding that there are diverse dimensions of the human experience and culture.
  • Ecology and Biology:
    • Understanding of taxonomy and ability to identify forest and other tree species, their distribution, and associated vegetation and wildlife.
    • Understanding of soil properties and processes, hydrology, water quality, and watershed functions.
    • Understanding of ecological concepts and principles including the structure and function of ecosystems, plant and animal communities, competition, diversity, population dynamics, succession, disturbance, and nutrient cycling.
    • Ability to make ecosystem, forest, and stand assessments.
    • Understanding of tree physiology and the effects of climate, fire, pollutants, moisture, nutrients, genetics, insects and diseases on tree and forest health and productivity.
  • Measurement of Forest Resources:
    • Ability to identify and measure land areas.
    • Ability to design and implement comprehensive inventories that meet specific objectives using appropriate sampling methods and units of measurement.
    • Ability to analyze inventory data and project future forest, stand, and tree conditions.
    • Conduct spatial analysis (eg GIS, GPS, etc.)
  • Management of Forest Resources:
    • Ability to develop and apply silvicultural prescriptions appropriate to management objectives, including methods of establishing and influencing the composition, growth, and quality of forests, and understand the impacts of those prescriptions.
    • Ability to analyze the economic, environmental, and social consequences of forest resource management strategies and decisions.
    • Ability to develop management plans with specific multiple objectives and constraints.
    • Understanding of the valuation procedures, market forces, processing systems, transportation and harvesting activities that translate human demands for timber-based and other consumable forest products into the availability of those products.
    • Understanding of the valuation procedures, market, and non-market forces that avail humans the opportunities to enjoy non-consumptive products and services of forests.
    • Understanding of the administration, ownership, and organization of forest management enterprises.
  • Forest Resource Policy, Economics, and Administration:
    • Understanding of forest policy and the processes by which it is developed.
    • Understanding of how federal, state, and local laws and regulations govern the practice of forestry.
    • Understanding of professional ethics, including the SAF Code, and recognition of the responsibility to adhere to ethical standards in forestry decision making on behalf of clients and the public.
    • Ability to understand the integration of technical, financial, human resources, and legal aspects of public and private enterprises.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the global forces that shape professional forestry
  • Computer Literacy:
    • An ability to use computers and other contemporary electronic technologies in professional life.
    • Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of information technology tools for enhanced communication (e.g., tools for online instruction and discussion, presentation tools such as PowerPoint)
    • Efficiently acquire and effectively evaluate sources of information for professional use
  • Professional Development
    • Be effective at working in teams (e.g., they will show up to meetings, show up on time, share contact information, respond politely to teammates even under disagreement, etc.)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of continuing education/lifelong learning

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