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ARCHIVE - Forest Science (FORSC)

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Summer Session 1999

Forest Science (FORSC) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR KIM C. STEINER, Program Coordinator

The mission of the B.S. program in Forest Science is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics for understanding and managing forest ecosystems and living as responsible members of society.

The Forest Science major provides for the education necessary for students to pursue professional careers in one of the following options: (1) Forest Biology, (2) Forest Management, (3) Urban Forestry, and (4) Watershed Management. These options also will help prepare students for graduate studies in continuing professional education.

For the B.S. degree in Forest Science, a minimum of 129 credits is required for the Forest Biology, Forest Management, and Urban Forestry options, and a minimum of 130 credits for the Watershed Management option. Students should be aware that completion of the Forest Science degree in four years requires enrollment at the University Park Campus beginning the fall semester of the sophomore year.

FOREST BIOLOGY OPTION: This option provides a strong background in the biological and ecological aspects of contemporary forestry and establishes a sound foundation for professional employment and graduate-level study in forest and environmental sciences.

FOREST MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option provides professional training in the management of forest lands consistent with the needs of ownership objectives. Employment opportunities include forest management positions with public agencies, industry, and private consulting.

URBAN FORESTRY OPTION: This option helps prepare students to manage community trees and green spaces. It emphasizes technical expertise, communication abilities, and skills for working with diverse people. Employment opportunities include municipalities, arboricultural companies, utilities, and government agencies.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT OPTION: This option focuses on water resources and the integrated management of natural resources with emphasis on water. Graduates qualify for federal employment as hydrologists and for water-related careers in municipal watershed management, state and local government, and environmental/engineering consulting.

FOREST SCIENCE MINOR: Students must take FOR 203(3), FOR 308(3), FOR 366(4), and FOR 421(3), and select at least 6 credits of additional courses (at least 3 credits at the 400 level) from FOR 239(3), FOR 320(2), FOR 416(3), FOR 440(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), FOR 475(3), FOR 480(3), or other FOR courses by petition to the Forest Science faculty, for a minimum of 19 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1-5 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 101-104 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 41-43 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (29 credits)
BIOL 110GN(4), CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
FOR 200W(3), FOR 203(3)[1], SOILS 101(3), STAT 240 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), FOR 308(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
SPCOM 312, SPCOM 313, SPCOM 350, or SPCOM 352(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MATH 110 GQ(4), MATH 140 GQ(4), or MATH 140B GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
AG ED 440, ENGL 215, ENGL 416, ENGL 418, or ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (2-4 credits)
Select a minimum of 2 credits from the following list of courses: AG 200A(2), AG 200B(2), A S M 418(2), CMPSC 100(3), CMPSC 101 GQ(3), or CMPSC 203 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 60-61 credits

FOREST BIOLOGY OPTION: 60 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (45 credits)
BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 034(3) (Sem: 3-4)
FOR 204(2), FOR 320(2), FOR 350(3), FOR 366(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
PPATH 318(2), ENT 313(2), W F S 309(3) (Sem: 5-6)
FOR 409(2), FOR 410(3), FOR 421(3)[1], FOR 430(3), FOR 475(3)[1], FOR 480(3), FOR 494(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
AG EC 200(3) or MGMT 100(3) (Sem: 5-6)
FOR 455 or GEOG 352(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)

FOREST MANAGEMENT OPTION: 60 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (39 credits)
FOR 204(2), FOR 320(2), FOR 350(3), FOR 366(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
PPATH 318(2), ENT 313(2), W F S 309(3) (Sem: 5-6)
FOR 421(3)[1], FOR 440(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 466W(3)[1], FOR 470(3), FOR 475(3), FOR 480(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select a minimum of 3 credits from GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 115 GN(3), GEOSC 002 GN(3), METEO 003 GN(3), PHYS 150 GN(3), PHYS 215 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
AG EC 200(3) or MGMT 100(3) (Sem: 7-8)
FOR 401(3) or FOR 416(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select 12 credits from department list approved for the option (Sem: 5-8)

URBAN FORESTRY OPTION: 60 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (33 credits)
BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PPATH 318(2), ENT 313(2), FOR 204(2), FOR 350(3), FOR 366(4)[1], FOR 421(3), FOR 480(3) (Sem: 3-4)
FOR 401(3)[1], HORT 138(3), HORT 408(4) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
FOR 495(3)[1] or FOR 496(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select 24 credits from the following:
a. Select 3-6 credits from ENT 319(1), FOR 410(3), FOR 416(3), FOR 466W(3), FOR 470(3), and W F S 309(3) (Sem: 5-8)
b. Select 1-3 credits from E R M 421(1), FOR 409(2), and FOR 430(3) (Sem: 5-8)
c. Select 3 credits from A S M 217(3) and FOR 475(3) (Sem: 5-8)
d. Select 3-6 credits from GEOG 102 GH(3), LARCH 003 GA, LARCH 060 GA(3), and LARCH 127(3) (Sem: 5-8)
e. Select 3-6 credits from MGMT 100 or MGMT 341(3) and R SOC 305W or R SOC 460(3) (Sem: 5-8)
f. Select 3-6 credits from B A 250(3), B LAW 243(3), and E R M 411(3) (Sem: 5-8)

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT OPTION: 61 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (40 credits)
CHEM 034(3), MATH 111 GQ(2), METEO 003 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
GEOSC 001(3), PHYS 215 GN(4), PHYS 265 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
A S M 327(3), BIOL 435(3)[1], GEOSC 452(3)[1], MICRB 400(2), SOILS 422(3) (Sem: 5-8)
FOR 410(3), FOR 470(3)[1], FOR 471(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
B LAW 243(3) or E R M 411(3) (Sem: 5-6)
PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 125(3), PL SC 417(3), or PL SC 419(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ECON 004 GS(3) or ECON 302 GS(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AG EC 200(3) or MGMT 100(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AG EC 201(3), AG EC 401W(3), AG EC 402(3), or ECON 428(3) (Sem: 7-8)
FOR 455(3), GEOG 352(3), GEOG 454(3), or GEOG 457(3) (Sem: 7-8)
R SOC 417(3) or SOC 446(3) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 23-05-001

Review Date: 01/19/00 (General Education information updated)

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