Forestry (B.S.)

Through hands-on 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.

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.

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

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Core areas of study include:

  • Biology, ecology and management
  • Human dimensions, economics and policy
  • Urban and community forestry
  • Carbon and climate change
  • Quantitative methods and modeling
  • Sustainable bioproducts

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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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:

  • Forest and land management
  • Conservation and public policy
  • Sustainable bioproducts
  • 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 and employment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, foresters and conservation scientists make on average $60,000 a year, and the industry is expecting to grow by seven percent.

MSU Forestry undergraduate student Elle Brandt

Forestry Student Spotlight Elle Brandt

August 10, 2020

Elle Brandt of Portage, MI is featured in the Undergraduate Student Spotlight.

MSU Forestry undergraduate student Thaddeus Swart

Forestry Student Spotlight Thaddeus Swart

May 1, 2020

Undergraduate student Thaddeus Swart is featured in the spotlight as he shares many insights including his experience from working in Isle Royale National Park.

Forestry Advisor

Only Remote Advising Available at This Time

To schedule an appointment to meet with me, go to the Dashboard Advisors Calendar System:

  1. Log on to
  2. Click on the [GET ADVISING] button on the top right of the page.
  3. Select AG & NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISING and then Forestry as the "Reason" for your appointment. Then select Next.
  4. Select ZOOM or PHONE advising location.
    1. For Zoom – at the time of your appointment use
    2. For phone – please list your preferred phone or you can call me at 517-285-1260.
  5. Click in the box that says "Any Adviser". You should see my name, JUSTIN KUNKLE. Select me as the adviser. Then select Next.
  6. The next step will be to select a specific date and time.
  7. Before finalizing your appointment, please add a note in the comment box - "Is there anything specific you would like to discuss with me?"

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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