Skip to main content

Forestry Major

The forestry major prepares students to apply scientific principles to forests, including management, conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems as well as provision of wood and non-wood products from forests. Students first enroll in courses in biology, math and environmental sciences to prepare for upper-level courses in forestry. As they become more familiar with forests and forest management, students can choose one or more of four options in which to pursue advanced coursework. The educational programs in Forestry (Options in Forest Ecosystem Management, Natural Resource Conservation and Restoration, and Urban and Community Forestry) leading to the degree B.S. in Forestry are candidates for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) under the forestry standard.

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