Forestry (B.S.)

The undergraduate forestry program integrates ecology, biology, economics and social science to help students find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges in areas of climate change, conservation and sustainable energy.

Through hands-on laboratory experiences and field studies, students learn how to manage forests for a wide range of goals and acquire the skills and preparation to be leaders and stewards in sustainable forest management.

Established in 1902, the undergraduate forestry degree at Michigan State University has been recognized as one of the nation's top forestry programs. The program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.


Core areas of study include:

  • Sustainable communities.
  • Forestry field studies.
  • Human-forest interactions.
  • Forest ecology and management.
  • Renewable wood products.

Learn more about requirements and courses in forestry.

The Department of Forestry awards up to $330,000 each year to students. Learn how a scholarship could apply to you!


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Forestry Graduates


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Data from 2018 MSU Destination Survey of graduating students in this major

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from this program will possess the professional training to enable them to contribute significantly to resolution of forest-centered environmental and resource problems.

Forestry prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Public land management.
  • Forest management.
  • Conservation and public policy.
  • Green and sustainable energy management.
  • Tree care and consulting.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with conservation organizations and business in the timber industry, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in forestry fields.

Hunter Stanke interned with the Bureau of Land Management in the mountains of Northern Idaho in 2017.

Undergrad aims to make an impact in ecology & conservation

May 16, 2018

From research to internships, Hunter Stanke is leading the way in landscape conservation. As a first-generation college student, he finds a home as part of MSU’s land-grant legacy and future.

Louren Rose Escamilla says she finds a lot of peace in the forest. She often goes trail running and hiking.

Student view: Louren Rose Escamilla, finding MSU and myself

May 26, 2017

Louren Rose Escamilla, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources senior, is majoring in forestry and minoring in women and gender studies and environmental and sustainability studies.

Advisor Information

Schedule advising appointments online. Advising is Wednesday afternoons 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. There is no Express Advising during the summer.

Justin Kunkle

Justin Kunkle

Academic Specialist, Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Forestry

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • MSU Forestry Club (a Society of American Foresters student chapter).
  • Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields.
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

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