Twin Cities campus
Twin Cities Campus

Forest Resources B.S.

Forest Resources
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 120
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The forest resources curriculum prepares students to plan, implement, and research the management, protection, and sustainable use of forest and related resources and environments, including timber, water, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetic resources. The curriculum provides a unique integration of the physical, biological, and social sciences with managerial sciences and policy, field skill development, and technologies for measuring and monitoring natural resources. Students are also trained in problem solving approaches to address specific local, regional, and global issues. Students select one of two tracks: 1) forest ecosystem management and conservation and 2) urban and community forestry. Students should choose one of these tracks early in their college careers. A minor is also available. Graduates find positions as foresters, urban foresters, land and water resource managers, conservationists, researchers, habitat managers, ecologists, geographic information systems specialists, resource analysts/consultants, silviculture specialists, nursery managers, land acquisition specialists, environmental planners, and educators. Principal employers are federal, state and local forestry, wildlife, parks, conservation and related natural resource agencies; forest products industry companies; landowner organizations; consulting firms; and nongovernmental conservation organizations and international development agencies. Additionally, the curriculum provides excellent preparation in the fundamental and applied sciences that is essential for graduate study and careers in research and teaching.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
All major requirements must be taken A-F (unless only offered S-N), and students must earn a grade of at least C- or better.
Communication Skills
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
Mathematical Thinking
ESPM 3012 - Statistical Methods for Environmental Scientists and Managers [MATH] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1151 - Precalculus II [MATH] (3.0 cr)
Physical and Biological Sciences
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
SOIL 2125 - Basic Soil Science [PHYS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
or SOIL 1125 - The Soil Resource [ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1015 - Introductory Chemistry: Lecture [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1017 - Introductory Chemistry: Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
Social Sciences
ESPM 3261 - Economics and Natural Resources Management [SOCS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
ESPM 3241W - Natural Resource and Environmental Policy [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
Professional Courses
FNRM 1001 - Orientation and Information Systems (1.0 cr)
FNRM 3131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources [TS] (4.0 cr)
FNRM 4232W - Managing Recreational Lands [WI] (4.0 cr)
FNRM 1101 - Dendrology: Identifying Forest Trees and Shrubs (3.0 cr)
FNRM 3104 - Forest Ecology (4.0 cr)
FNRM 3411 - Managing Forest Ecosystems: Silviculture (3.0 cr)
Field training in assessment and biology of forests courses are taught at the Cloquet Forestry Ctr
FNRM 2101 - Identifying Forest Plants (1.0 cr)
with FNRM 2102 - Northern Forests: Field Ecology (2.0 cr)
with FNRM 2104 - Measuring Forest Resources (1.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
As part of their honors program, CFANS students complete CFAN 3100H; they must submit their project for this faculty-mentored honors experience to the honors committee for approval prior to registration.
Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation
Students pursuing the Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation track learn the principles, practices, and techniques of forest and related resource management. The track prepares students to become directly involved in forest ecosystem management or further specializations such as resource analysis, conservation planning, timber harvesting, forest protection, or policy analysis. Principal employers are federal, state and county forestry, wildlife, and conservation agencies; forest products companies; consulting firms; international agencies; and nongovernmental conservation organizations. Successful completion of track course work qualifies a student for the Society of American Forester's Candidate Certified Forester program.
All required courses in this track must be taken A-F and completed with a grade of at least C-.
Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation Core
FNRM 3114 - Hydrology and Watershed Management (3.0 cr)
FNRM 3218 - Measuring and Modeling Forests (3.0 cr)
FNRM 3262 - Remote Sensing of Natural Resources and Environment (3.0 cr)
FNRM 3431 - Timber Harvesting and Road Planning (2.0 cr)
FNRM 3471 - Forest Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
FNRM 5413 - Managing Forest Ecosystems: Silviculture Lab (1.0 cr)
ESPM 3202W - Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning [WI] (3.0 cr)
ENT 4251 - Forest and Shade Tree Entomology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 3003 - Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees (3.0 cr)
FW 2001W - Introduction to Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology [ENV, WI] (3.0 cr)
or FW 4102 - Principles of Conservation Biology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
or FW 4103 - Principles of Wildlife Management (3.0 cr)
Advanced Training in Assessment and Management of Forests
A minimum of 2 courses required.
Take 2 - 3 course(s) from the following:
· FNRM 4511 - Field Silviculture (2.0 cr)
· FNRM 4515 - Field Remote Sensing and Resource Survey (2.0 cr)
· FNRM 4521 - Field Timber Harvesting and Road Planning (2.0 cr)
Urban & Community Forestry
The urban and community forestry track prepares students for planning and managing vegetation and related resources in or near urban communities, and for specializations such as urban planning and environmental education. Urban forests include areas along streets, in parks, private lands, greenbelts, and open spaces. Graduates help plan, design, and protect these forests including supervision of tree selection, planting, and plant health care programs. Employers include city government, tree care/arboricultural firms, state and federal forestry agencies, nurseries, and utility companies. Graduates may also qualify for traditional forestry positions. This track includes a field session.
All required courses in this track must be taken A-F and completed with a grade of at least C-.
Urban and Community Forestry Core
HORT 1015 - Woody and Herbaceous Plants (4.0 cr)
FNRM 3501 - Arboriculture: Selection and Maintenance of Trees (3.0 cr)
HORT 4141W - Plant Production I [WI] (4.0 cr)
FNRM 4501 - Urban Forest Management: Managing Greenspaces for People (3.0 cr)
ENT 4251 - Forest and Shade Tree Entomology (3.0 cr)
PLPA 3003 - Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees (3.0 cr)
FNRM 3218 - Measuring and Modeling Forests (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 3211 - Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis (3.0 cr)
FNRM 3114 - Hydrology and Watershed Management (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 4061W - Water Quality and Natural Resources [ENV, WI] (3.0 cr)
FR 4118 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 3002 - Plant Biology: Function (2.0 cr)
URBS 1001W - Introduction to Urban Studies: The Complexity of Metropolitan Life [WI] (3.0 cr)
or URBS 3001W - Introduction to Urban Studies: The Complexity of Metropolitan Life [WI] (3.0 cr)
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· Fall 2012
· Fall 2014
· Spring 2014
· Fall 2013

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