Community and Urban Forest Management Option

This option of the Forest Ecosystem Management 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 Community and Urban Forest Management Option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

For prospective students and those enrolled since Summer 2018:

For students enrolled prior to Summer 2018:

A broad basic education is the foundation for specialized courses covering urban forest management, arboriculture, planning and public policy, landscape design, soils, tree disease and insect problems, business and legal matters, communicative abilities, and supervisory skills, including working with diverse people and natural resource issues. Excellent employment opportunities include municipalities, arboricultural companies, utilities, government agencies, and non‐profit organizations.

Program Notes and Scheduling Tips

  • All Forest Ecosystem Management students should change their campus location to University Park by the start of their sophomore year (third semester). It is extremely helpful to complete math, statistics, and chemistry requirements as early as possible.
  • When a required course has both a lecture and practicum portion, such as PHYS 250 and PHYS 250P, students are required to take both portions.
  • Acceptable selections for Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, United States and International Cultures, Health Sciences and Physical Education, and First-Year Seminar are posted at
  • United States and international cultures requirements may double-count with a GS, GA, or GH requirement.

Please contact Ms. Ellen Rom with any scheduling questions (814-863-0362).