Forestry B.S.

In addition to special degree requirements listed previously, students selecting the BS Forestry degree must complete the following required courses or their equivalent, if transferred from another college or university. Transference and equivalency will be determined by the University, W.A Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, and Forestry program. Electives may be taken at any time, keeping in mind these requirements as well as the University's General Education requirements for graduation.

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 90-94

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Major Required Courses16
Lower-Division Outside Major Required Courses23-27
Upper-Division Major Required Courses27
Professional Electives15
Upper-Division Writing Requirement9
Total Hours90-94

Lower-Division Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
FORS 130Intro Forestry Field Skills2
FORS 202Forest Mensuration3
FORS 240Tree Biology2
FORS 241NDendrology3
FORS 250Intro to GIS for Forest Mgt3
NRSM 210NSoils, Water and Climate3
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Lower-Division Outside Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
or THTR 120A Introduction to Acting I
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
Complete one of the following two options:4-6
College Algebra
and College Trigonometry
Complete one of the following two options:4-5
Applied Calculus
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Forest Biometrics
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours23-27

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Upper-Division Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
FORS 320Forest Environmental Economics3
FORS 330Forest Ecology3
FORS 340Forest Product Manufacturing3
FORS 341Timber Harvesting & Roads3
FORS 349Practice of Silviculture3
FORS 440Forest Stand Management3
FORS 481Forest Planning3
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 422Nat Res Policy/Administration3
Total Hours27

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Professional Electives

Rule: Must take at least 18 total credits from the combined subcategories

Biophysical Sciences

Complete at least one of the following courses:3
General Ecology
Rocky Mountain Flora
Plant Physiology
Fire Ecology
Wood Anatomy, Properties, & ID
Ecosystem Climatology
Wildlife Habitat Cons & Mgmt
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Management Application

Complete at least two of the following courses:5-6
Fire Management & Environmental Change
Forest Insects & Diseases
Wildland Fuel Management
Advanced Forest Roads
Advaced Timber Harvesting
Elements of Ecological Restoration
Rangeland Mgt (equiv 260)
Total Hours5-6

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Policy and Social Science

Complete at least one of the following courses:3
Nature and Society
Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions
Wildland Conservation Policy/Governance
Collab in Nat Res Decisions
Ethics Forestry & Conservation
Community Forestry & Conservtn
Climate and Society
Advanced Water Policy
Environment & Development
Parks & Outdoor Rec. Mgmt.
Recreation Behavior
Nat Res Interp and Comm
Rec Admin & Leadership
Tourism & Sustainability
Wilderness & Protected Area Management
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Measurement and Analysis

Complete at least one of the following:3
Forestry Apps of GIS
Env Remote Sensing
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Upper Division Writing Requirement

Complete at least three of the following:9
Forest Ecology
Timber Harvesting & Roads
Practice of Silviculture
Forest Stand Management
Total Hours9