Online Forestry Courses


The MSU Department of Forestry offers two online, undergraduate course options: Michigan’s Forests (FOR 101) and Introduction to Forestry (FOR 202). Anyone can enroll in these courses. MSU students enroll can enroll through the online Schedule of Courses. If you are not an MSU student and would like to take one of these courses, you can apply to MSU as a Lifelong Education student.


Michigan’s Forests (FOR 101)

Many of you have interests in our state's forests; you may live, fish, hunt, recreate or work in or near them. Though you may be familiar with some aspects of Michigan's forests from your experiences, you may want to know more about a broader array of topics. This course is designed to help you learn some interesting facts about the history and present status of our forests.  From the return of forests after glaciation to the multiple uses of our forests today.

The course covers the ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan's forests in a historic and contemporary context. You will learn how to identify many common Michigan trees and some unique forested areas from southeast Michigan to the western Upper Peninsula.

Introduction to Forestry (FOR 202)

This is a great course for anyone interested in an introduction to our forest resources including teachers, private woodlot owners and Scout leaders as well as students from any major.

The course introduces fundamental concepts of forests and forest management including tree biology, tree identification, forest ecology, silvicultural management systems for multiple forest objectives (e.g. recreation, wildlife, watersheds and nontimber forest products), forest harvesting and forest protection.