Minor in Forestry

Take an active approach to caring for Earth’s natural resources

If you’re interested in biology, environmental science or natural resource management, a minor in forestry is a great experiential addition to your skill sets and your degree. Frostburg State University’s Forestry minor comes packed with technical know-how that can give you a head start in many natural science fields and technical expertise in forestry methods. You’ll participate in frequent class trips in the forests of Western Maryland, using nature as your classroom for a one-of-a-kind learning environment, and you’ll meet enthusiastic professors and professionals along the way who can help you find your niche in the field of forestry.

  • Study the big picture with an interdisciplinary program that highlights the many different aspects to maintaining sustainable, healthy forests.
  • Engage in a program that puts its focus on active learning with student-led projects and hands-on lessons in the field.

Minor in Forestry Highlights:

  • Go beyond the classroom and get some experience with Forestry Field Practice, a summer course that gives you a hands-on introduction to tree felling, wildfire fighting and more! You’ll earn certifications from several major organizations while enjoying a great summer program with your peers.
  • Take your pick of a variety of electives in geography, biology, recreation and other fields.
  • Share your work through campus events like the Undergraduate Research Symposium and Focus Frostburg.
  • Get involved in urban forestry by assisting Frostburg State University to meet the requirements of the Arbor Day Foundation as Tree Campus USA.
  • Explore FSU’s great location in Western Maryland, which offers an abundance of parks and forests for outdoor study.

About Our Forestry Faculty:

  • Meet forestry professors who are graduates of the Society of American Forester’s accredited programs and serve on advisory boards with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Sample Forestry Courses You May Take:

Dendrology – Collection, identification and study of native and introduced woody plants in summer and winter conditions.

Forest Ecology and Conservation – Investigation of forest ecology, management, conservation, policy, research and history; silviculture, stand dynamics and improvement, reforestation, soils, disturbances and natural pests and pathogens. Patterns and processes of forest communities. Forest products and measurements.

Forestry Field Practice – A field-oriented overview of basic forestry. Includes field dendrology, silvics, elements of surveying and mapping, orienteering, log scaling, silviculture, timber cruising and wildlife techniques. Numerous field trips to regional forests.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s forestry program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Foresters:

Graduates of FSU’s Forestry program possess several desirable certifications that improve their prospects. Many of the new or newly available jobs for foresters and conservation scientists will be with a State or National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy or a similar agency, as well as in regions affected by wildfires. Foresters trained in geographic information systems (GIS) technology, remote sensing, and other software tools will have better prospects. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ page on Conservation Scientists and Foresters (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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