School of Forestry


GEORGE W. BENGTSON, Associate Dean

THE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY offers educational programs which prepare graduates for employment in a variety of forestry, natural resources and environmental positions. As the nation's major renewable natural resource, forests play a unique role in today's society in terms of enhancing both economic development and environmental quality. The School of Forestry's programs emphasize functions of forest resources and their vital relationships with other natural resources and society's needs.


The School of Forestry offers a curriculum leading to the bachelor of science degree in forestry. A curriculum leading to the bachelor of science in forest engineering is offered in conjunction with the College of Engineering. The School also offers an honors program which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Forestry (Honors Program).

The School's goals are to develop excellence in forestry education, research and extension with particular reference to the forests and associated resources of the Southeastern United States. With respect to undergraduate education, this means graduating individuals who have both the necessary skills for initial employment and the breadth and depth of educational background to support continuing career advancement.

The educational programs in forestry and forest engineering (forest resources minor) leading to the Bachelor of Science degree are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is the specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for forestry education in the United States. The forest engineering curriculum is also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


Freshman eligibility is determined by the Admissions Office. However, since the requirements for forestry education necessitate high school preparatory work of high intellectual quality and considerable breadth, the following program is recommended as minimum preparation: English (4 units), mathematics (including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and analytic geometry) (4 units), chemistry (1 unit), biology (1 unit), history, literature, social science (2 or 3 units). Physics and foreign language are recommended but not required. Freshmen are admitted to the pre-forestry curriculum.

Transfers from other institutions must apply through the Admissions office. The exact placement of transfer students can be determined only upon review of their transcripts by the School of Forestry.

Credit toward a degree in the School of Forestry will not be allowed for mathematics, chemistry or physics courses at a lower level than those specified in the curriculum for the degree sought. However, students who are not prepared to take the course prescribed may take lower level courses without degree credit.

Transfer credit for forestry subjects not considered equivalent to those required in the chosen curriculum may be substituted for elective credit. However, duplication of credit will not be allowed. Equivalency of forestry subjects will be determined by the dean's office. Students may also obtain transfer credit on the basis of validating examinations. Arrangements for validating examinations must be made with the Dean of Forestry, and the examinations must be completed before the middle of the second quarter.

The professional curriculum (FORY) in forestry begins with the courses in the School of Forestry Summer Field Practicum. Students are admitted to this curriculum once a year during Spring Quarter. To be considered for admission, a student must have completed, or be enrolled in, at least 75 percent of the credits listed in the pre-forestry (PFY) curriculum. These credits must include all required courses in mathematics, statistics, biology, English, chemistry, physics and computing.

In addition, students admitted to the professional forestry curriculum must have a minimum weighted GPA, computed only on courses that can be used toward the undergraduate forestry degree (applicable courses), of 2.0. The weighting formula used for admission is available from the dean's office. Exceptions to these standards must be recommended by the Faculty Admissions Committee and approved by the Dean of the School of Forestry.

Because admission to the professional forestry curriculum is limited, the number of students admitted may be fewer than the number of qualified applicants. Students who submit completed applications (including transcripts for transfer students) for admission to the Summer Field Practicum by March 15 each year will be ranked, using weighted GPA. Those not selected may reapply in subsequent years.

To remain enrolled in the professional forestry curriculum, students must maintain minimum GPA standards as established by Auburn University.

Students are admitted to the professional Forest Engineering curriculum (FOEN) upon successful completion of the Pre-Forest Engineering (PFYE) program in the College of Engineering with a GPA of 2.2 or greater. Forest Engineering majors must meet School of Forestry requirements for admission to the Summer Field Practicum, to include having completed at least 75 percent of the credits listed for their freshman and sophomore years and all courses in mathematics, statistics, English, chemistry, physics, biology and computing.

Students in the FORY and FOEN curricula attend the Practicum, which is scheduled for the Summer Quarter preceding the junior year and is held at Auburn's Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center near Andalusia.



The objectives of the forestry curriculum are to provide: 1) the fundamental knowledge regarding the resources that professional foresters typically manage and the multiple uses of those resources; 2) a general education integrating physical, social and biological sciences to prepare the forester for the role as steward of public and private forest resources; 3) training and skills needed for initial forestry employment, as well as for advancement to higher levels of managerial responsibility. The forestry degree is appropriate for students who seek employment in any aspect of forest land management from industrial lands where timber production is the primary objective to public lands where recreation or environmental protection is often paramount. The curriculum emphasizes biological, ecological and economic considerations in forest management.

The required courses in the junior year are designed to be taken as a block. The work in them is integrated among courses in each quarter and between quarters. Students who fail or withdraw from one or more courses in the fall or winter quarters jeopardize their continuance through the junior year. Students need to pay careful attention to the prerequisites of the junior year courses, which are strictly enforced by the School, to successfully complete that part of the forestry program.

Forestry students are required to meet the minimum requirements of at least two concentrations, and students are required to have a minimum of 28 quarter credit hours in concentrations. The approved concentrations are listed below the curriculum model. More information about planning for the concentrations is available at the School of Forestry.

Curriculum in Pre-Forestry (PFY)


 First Quarter

 Second Quarter

 Third Quarter
 ENGL 0110 Eng. Comp. (5)  ENGL 0112 Eng. Comp. (5)  CHEM 0103LGen. Chem. Lab (1)
 BIOL 0101 Prin. Biology (5)  BIOL 0102 Plant Biology (5)  CHEM 0103 Fund. Chem. I (4)
 HIST 0101 World Hist. (3)  MATH 0161 An. Geom. & Cal. (5)  HIST 0102 World Hist. (3)
 COMP 0100 PC Applications (3)    UNIV 0101 Soc. & Culture (3)
   MATH 0169 Bus. Math w/Calc. (5)

 CHEM 0104L Gen. Chem. Lab. (1)  HIST 0103 World Hist. (3)  PHYS 0200 Found. of Phys. (5)
 CHEM 0104 Fund. Chem. II (4)  ADMH 0215 Bio. Statistics (5)  ENGL 0221 Great Books II (5)
 ECON 0301 Econ. & Bus. Policy (5)  ENGL 0221 Great Books II (5)  UNIV 0103 Indiv. & Society (3)
 ENGL 0220 Great Books I (5)  UNIV 0102 Pol. Econ. (3)  Core Fine Arts (3)


Curriculum in Forestry (FORY)

 FORY 0302 Intro. For. Biol. (2)
 FORY 0305 Field Mensuration (4)
 FOEN 0304 For. Surveying (5)
 FOEN 0300 Intro. For. Oper. (2)
 FORY 0306 Intro. For. Mgt. (2)

 FORY 0320 For. Tree Phys. (3)  FORY 0319 For. Meas. II (5)  FORY 0541 For. Mgt. & Adm. (4)
 FORY 0310 Dendrology (4)  FORY 0540 For. Econ. (4)  FOEN 0570 Harvesting (3)
 FORY 0318 For. Meas. I (4)  FORY 0323 For. Ecology (3)  FORY 0523 Silviculture (4)
 FOPR 0339 Intro. Wood Science (3)  Concent./Elective (3)  ENTM/PLPH 0215 For. Pests (3)

 Concent./Elective (13)  Advanced Composition (5)  Concent./Elective (13)
 Core Philosophy (5)  Concent./Elective (8)  FORY 0542 Forest Policy (3)
   FORY 0444 Fire Cont. (2)  
 FORY 0590 Seminar (1)




Forest Resources (must pass a minimum of 12 hours from the following): ZYWL 0205, FORY 0344, 0463, 0460, 0524, 565, 0525, FORY/ENTM 0526.

Forest Operations (must pass all of the FORY and FOEN courses and at least 11 of the remaining hours): FOEN 0370, 0571, FOPR 0420, 0535, 0536, 0521, 0550, FORY 0482, 0483, CHEN 0409.

Forest Products Manufacturing (must pass a minimum of 12 hours from the following): CHEN 0409, FOPR 0420, 0474, 0475, 0478, 0521,0 532, 0535, 0536, 0537, 0550.

Harvesting/Procurement (must pass a minimum of five hours from the following): FOEN 0370, 0571, FORY 0482, 0483.

Ecology (must pass a minimum of 10 hours from the following): ZYWL 0306, FISH 0502, BYMB 0513.

Fisheries (must pass a minimum of 10 hours from the following): FISH 0502, 0536, 0537, 0538.

Natural History/Taxonomy (must pass a minimum of 10 hours from the following): FORY/ENTM 0526, BYMB 0506, ENTM 0304, 0505, FISH 0538, ZYWL 0402, 0574, 0575, 0576.

Urban Forestry (must pass FORY 0565 and a minimum of five hours from the following): HORT 0221, 0222, 0521, CPLN 0501.

Economics (must pass a minimum of nine hours from the following): ECON 0302, 0340, 0556, AGEC 0509, 0512.

Forest Policy (must pass a minimum of nine hours from the following): FORY 0344, ECON 0340, 0471, POLI 0209, 0210, 0325, 0327.

Social Perspectives (must pass a minimum of seven hours from the following): (either RSOC 0261 or SOCY 0201), RSOC 0362, 0561, 0564, 0565, GEOG 0504, 0507, FORY 0344.

Business (must take ACCT 0215 and five hours from the following): MKTG or ACCT 0241, FINC 0361, MNGT 0310, MKTG 0331.

Quantitative Studies (must MATH 0162, 0163 and six hours from the following): MATH 0264, 0265, 0266, ADMH 0560, 0561, 0562, COMP 0200, 0220, INSY 0341, 0343.

Wildlife (must pass eight hours from the following): ZYWL 0328 + L, 0528 + L, 0425, 0527, 0531, BYMB 0506.


Honors Program in Forestry

The Honors Program in Forestry provides able students the opportunity to explore in depth areas in which they are interested and to prepare for graduate school. The program is flexible, permitting concentration of effort in areas of the student's choosing.

Students with at least five quarters remaining in the Forestry curriculum, and with a GPA of 2.9 or better, may apply for admission to the program by petition to the Honors Program adviser and the dean.

The curriculum model is identical to the non-honors model presented above, except that elective/concentration courses need not conform to specified concentrations. The elective/concentration courses of the junior year can be combined with elective opportunities in the senior year to define a program unique to the student's interests and abilities. Required courses in the senior year include Advanced Composition (ENGL 0400, 0404 or 0408, as provided in the University Core requirements), FORY 0590 and 0499. Under the guidance of a faculty member in the School of Forestry, the student will design a plan of academic work that completes the School's 202 quarter-hour requirement and provides opportunities to focus study that are not available under the standard non-honors model. When the dean approves the student's study plan, the student is admitted to the School of Forestry Honors Program.

The senior year is then open for concentrations and electives, except that Advanced Composition (ENGL 0400, ENGL 404, or ENGL 408, as provided in the University Core requirements), FORY 590 Seminar (1), and FORY 499 Honors Project (2-5) must be taken. Students must build at least two concentrations from those designed by the faculty and listed under the forestry program, or designed under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Honors students must have at least 32 credit hours in concentrations. Students then have 13-16 credit hours of free electives, depending on credit hours for the Honors Project. The senior year is shown below.


 First Quarter

 Second Quarter

 Third Quarter
 Concentration/Electives (16)  ENGL Adv . Comp. (5)  FORY 0590 Seminar (1)
   Concentration/Electives (12)  FORY 0499 Honors Project (2-5)
   Concentration/Electives (11-14)



Forest Engineering

Forest Engineering students receive academic training that addresses the engineering of forest systems, natural resources and related manufacturing industries. The goal of the program is to produce engineers grounded in basic and applied principles in engineering, forestry, natural resources and biosystems. The degree program is designed to teach students to solve problems by considering engineering, as well as biological aspects of natural resource systems. This problem-solving approach uses a foundation of engineering courses common to all engineering programs, including mathematics, physics, computer applications and the engineering sciences. To emphasize a systems approach, the program also contains a strong foundation in forestry and includes courses in forest biology, forest measurements, surveying, forest economics and forest management. The student builds on these fundamentals by completing additional required courses in engineering and forestry. Developing practical solutions to real-world problems is the focus throughout the program. In the senior year two-quarter senior design experience, the student is part of a design team that develops a solution to an engineering problem presented by a cooperating industrial partner. The forest engineering graduate is thus well-equipped to solve real-world engineering problems in forestry and related sectors of our economy.

Careers for graduates include design, development, consulting, management, sales, testing, construction and research. They work in their own firms or find positions in forest operations management, forest and land management, environmental management and protection, machine development, process engineering, structural design and natural resource conservation. Graduates also pursue advanced degrees in engineering, forestry, business, science, law and other fields.

The curriculum is coordinated by the College of Engineering and the School of Forestry. Students register in the College of Engineering and are assigned academic advisors in Agricultural Engineering and in Forestry. Beginning students should apply to the College of Engineering and complete the Pre-Forest Engineering program. Forest Engineering majors must meet School of Forestry requirements for admission to the Summer Field Practicum. For qualified students who develop an interest in forest engineering during their freshman year, an alternate course sequence for completion of the Pre-Forest Engineering program under the guidance of an Agricultural Engineering and a Forestry adviser is available in the School of Forestry.

See the College of Engineering section for program objectives, curriculum model, career opportunities, admission and degree requirements.

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