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- Graduate program
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Foresters plan, maintain, and preserve forests and forest resources for public and private use.
The forestry major at WSU is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to make a positive impact locally and globally by creating, managing, conserving, and repairing forested ecosystems. The program builds on a strong foundation in science, with an emphasis on forest ecosystems and lots of hands-on experience in forest measurements and sampling.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For students in forestry
Students in majors offered by the School of the Environment can be considered for scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources, and the School of the Environment.
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $500,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarship page. Scholarships specific to the School of the Environment are listed here.
- Sample career options in forestry
WSU forestry graduates are field-ready, with a strong background in forest measurements and sampling, and hands-on practice in skills that are highly valued by employers. You could work in a variety of roles, including the following:
- Environmental consultant
- Land, refuge, or wildlife habitat manager
- Reforestation specialist
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist
- Strengths of the program
- The forestry major prepares you to work as a professional forester, performing tasks ranging from increasing timber production to restoring wildlife habitat.
- The major combines a strong background in the plant sciences with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis including landscape ecology and GIS
- Graduates are expected to be field ready with a strong background in plant identification, forest measurements, and forest stand management
- Students benefit from an integrated common core of course work rooted in the environment, taken in concert with students majoring in related disciplines.
- Hands on experience in on-campus and off-campus laboratory exercises and internship opportunities
- Students may elect to complete a minor in geospatial analysis along with a major in forestry