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Options and Course Requirements

Students majoring in Forest Science at Penn State must choose one of four options.

Complete information can be found in the Forest Science Student Handbook (PDF).

Options and Recommended Academic Plans:

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. The Forest Biology Option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

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 firms. The Forest Management Option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

This option of the Forest Science Major prepares students for managerial responsibilities related to landscape trees and green space in communities and emphasizes planning and technical expertise in community forestry and arboriculture. The Urban Forestry Option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

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. The Watershed Management Option is not accredited by the Society of American Foresters.