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.

"Service to society is the cornerstone of any profession. The profession of forestry serves society by fostering stewardship of the world's forests. Because forests provide valuable resources and perform critical ecological functions, they are vital to the wellbeing of both society and the biosphere," -SAF.

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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

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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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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.

Student Stories

Forestry Student Spotlight – Arjeta Bajramaj

January 12, 2022

Arjeta Bajramaj shares some of her influential forestry experiences that have helped transform her interest into an aspiring career path.

Forestry Student Spotlight – Lee Spangler

April 1, 2021

Lee Spangler shares his passion on public education and the many benefits of forests.

Forestry Advisor

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Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are education 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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