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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture




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Professor: Russell G. Congalton, Mark J. Ducey, Scott V. Ollinger, Peter J. Pekins
Associate Professor: Heidi Asbjornsen, Thomas D. Lee
Assistant Professor: Jeffrey R. Garnas

Climate change, carbon storage, biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity in the context of sustainable human use of forests and associated resources are important scientific and social issues. The forestry program at the University of New Hampshire prepares its graduates with the scientific and managerial knowledge and skills to address these environmental and resource management problems at local, regional, and global levels.

Forestry is the art and science of managing and understanding the natural and human dimensions of forests and forest use. Forestry education at UNH focuses on sustainable management of forests for biodiversity, productivity, and health, based on a multidisciplinary approach. The program's goal is to provide a sound professional preparation, a broad general education, and the flexibility to cultivate special abilities and interests, leading to a bachelor of science in forestry degree (B.S.F.) accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The SAF is recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for forestry in the United States. Students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration or to complete a minor in consultation with their academic adviser.

UNH forestry graduates manage forests to provide wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities, care for soil and water resources, protect and restore forest ecosystems, and assure a sustainable supply of forest products. They are employed by private industry, public agencies, public interest groups, education institutions, research organizations, and consulting firms. Many students enter graduate school for advanced study in forest biology or management while others have found challenging international opportunities.

Freshman Year
BIOL 528, Applied Biostatistics I, or equivalent
ENGL 401, First-Year Writing
MATH 424B, Calculus for Life Sciences, or MATH 420, Finite Mathematics
NR 400, Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources
NR 415, Field Methods in Natural Resources
NR 425, Field Dendrology
NR 433, Wildlife Ecology
NR 542, Forestland Measurement and Mapping
PBIO 412, Introductory Botany
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)

Sophomore Year
CHEM 403, General Chemistry
EREC 411, Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives, or ECON 402, Principles of Economics (Micro)
NR 501, Studio Soils
NR 504, Freshwater Resources
NR 506, Forest Entomology
NR 527, Forest Ecology
NR 599, Work Experience
Oral Communications Skills Course
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)

Junior Year
NR 602, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
NR 643, Economics of Forestry
NR 658, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
FORT 579, Forest Fire Control and Use
NR 502, Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change
NR 729, Silviculture
NR 757, Remote Sensing of the Environment
NR 782, Monitoring Forest Health, or PBIO 651, Plant Pathology
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)

Senior Year
NR 745, Forest Management (Capstone)
NR 749, Forest Inventory and Modeling
RMP 711, Recreation Resource Management
Discovery elective (FPA, HP, HUM, or WC)

All forestry majors must satisfy the B.S.F. requirements and all Discovery Program requirements. Students must satisfy the Inquiry requirement of the Discovery Program by completing an Inquiry or Inquiry-attribute course. Seniors must also satisfy the capstone experience requirement of the Discovery Program. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course (NR 745, Forest Management), created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, and other special student activity). Departments are responsible for certifying that graduating seniors have met the capstone requirement for their majors.

Students interested in the forestry program may consult with the program coordinator, Mark Ducey, (603) 862-4429.

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