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Forestry Major

The Forestry major focuses on the science of managing, restoring, and conserving ecosystems. Students will first build a foundation by taking a wide base of general education classes such as biology, math, and environmental science. As they get further into the program, they will then choose an Option and begin taking advanced level coursework.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate, students must complete a set number of credits that includes their general education coursework, the requirements of whichever option they've chosen, and any credits they still need to get to that total, i.e., free electives.

Total Credits to Graduate: 128 credits

  • General Education Requirements: 80 credits
  • Option Requirements: 30-33 credits
  • Free Electives: 15-18 credits
  • NREM 104: 400 hours of career-related Experience

Program Learning Outcomes


Forestry has four (4) emphasis areas that students choose from. One (1) is required. More than one is optional.

Select a career area that sounds interesting to you:

Forestry Camp

Forestry camp is an immersive, integrated, and hands-on experience that introduces students to forestry professionals and management practices in ecosystems outside of Iowa.

Learn About Forestry Camp