Apr 21, 2024  
2021-22 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-22 Graduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

Forestry, MS

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The broad Master of Science program allows students to obtain a specialized advanced degree in any of the subject areas within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, including forest management, forest economics, recreation management, wildlife management, agro-forestry, wood science, urban forestry, forest entomology, hydrology, forest ecology, silviculture and soil science. 

For the MS, depending on a student’s background and the specific program in which they are enrolled, the student may be required to complete undergraduate coursework in five subject areas. The Master of Science with a concentration in spatial science and the Master of Science with a major in resource interpretation do not require the completion of background courses. All other MS programs and the doctoral degree program have a major in forestry. Thus, they do require that the background subject areas be met. This may be done by taking undergraduate courses at SFA or perhaps some courses from the student’s undergraduate program might satisfy parts or all of the requirements.

The Graduate Committee, chaired by the major professor, will recommend suitable background courses or provide justification as to how a particular subject area has already been met, subject to approval by the associate dean and dean. Courses utilized as background courses cannot be utilized as part of the 30 hours required for the degree. It is thus very important that the degree plan be developed and approved during the first semester to ensure that those students needing the forestry background take the required courses in a timely and orderly sequence.

The background subject areas (undergraduate courses listed by each category are suggested courses that may be utilized to satisfy that requirement) are:

Forest Biology

  • FOR 209
  • FOR 219
  • FOR 240
  • FOR 313
  • FOR 349
  • FOR 454

Forest Resources Inventory

  • FOR 205
  • FOR 223
  • FOR 224
  • FOR 305
  • FOR 317

Social Forestry

  • FOR 251
  • FOR 252
  • FOR 351
  • FOR 451
  • FOR 457

Forest Ecosystem Management

  • FOR 347
  • FOR 390
  • FOR 409
  • FOR 411
  • FOR 448
  • FOR 450
  • FOR 458

Forest Resources Administration

  • FOR 348
  • FOR 435
  • FOR 451

Program Courses


Six hours of:


18 hours of 5000-level electives. To be discussed with advisor.

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