- Offered as:
- Graduate program
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.
- Core courses and curriculum
As a forestry major, you will take core courses in:
- Forest measurements and sampling
- Plants and ecosystems
- Natural resources economics
- Remote sensing and spatial analysis
- Wildlife fire and disturbance ecology
- Environmental and natural resources policy
- Range and habitat management
- Landscape ecology
- Watershed management
The program is flexible, giving you room to add courses or minors in related fields, such as geospatial analysis, wildlife ecology, environmental science, and earth science.
The program offers many opportunities for internships—you could have professional experience already on your resume when you graduate.
See the WSU Catalog and work with your advisor to fulfill the University's graduation requirements. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
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.
For all students at WSU
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
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.
All students must apply through the WSU General Scholarship Appliction. The School of the Environment will use this universal application to evaluate recipients for scholarship awards. The deadline for applying is January 31 of each year.
A listing of scholarships specific to the School of the Environment may be found on the School of the Environment website: http://environment.wsu.edu. These scholarships range in qualification criteria, so when answering questions or checking off categories, be specific.
- 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
- Suggested preparation for incoming students
Students who become forestry majors often enjoy:
- Science, especially biology/life science
- Hands-on learning
- Working with plants and working outdoors
- Applying analytical techniques to solving practical problems
- Making a difference in the real world
High school preparation should emphasize biological/physical sciences, mathematics, communication, reading/reasoning, and computer literacy.
If you plan to transfer from another college, we recommend completing some of these prerequisites before transferring:
- Mathematics through pre-calculus
- One semester of general chemistry
- One semester of microeconomics
- One year of general biology
- One year of English/communication
This will give you a good start on the curriculum and reduce the time it takes to graduate. Please check the WSU transfer equivalency site or contact us to verify courses.