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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture




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Forestry is the art and science of managing and understanding the natural and human dimensions of forests and forest use. The forestry program is designed to provide graduating professionals with a sound technical preparation and a broad general education. The forest management and forest science options of the forestry major leading to the bachelor of science in forestry degree (B.S.F.) are 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.

Professional foresters are employed by private industry, public agencies, public interest firms, groups, educational institutions, research organizations, and consulting firms. Foresters manage forests, provide for wildlife habitat and forest recreation, protect water and soil resources, and assure a sustainable supply of forest products. Some graduates work toward natural resource protection and the improvement of environmental quality.

Forestry education at UNH focuses on ecosystem management for diversity, productivity and health, based on multidisciplinary collaboration. There are opportunities in international forestry. Many students enter graduate school for advanced training in forest biology or forest management.

Technical, administrative, and managerial skills are required of all professional foresters. This program provides a foundation in scientific knowledge, as well as technical and managerial skills, with elective freedom to cultivate special abilities and interests.

Forestry majors are required to have one summer of forestry work experience (NR 599). While students are responsible for their own summer work, placement assistance is available from the faculty.

In the junior year, students must choose to concentrate in either of the following options (and must earn 20 credits within that concentration to graduate):

Forest Management Option
This option is designed for students who intend to plan a career in forest resource management.

Forest Science Option
In this option, students may specialize in specific forest sciences as background for graduate school or focus their interests in areas other than forest management. Areas of concentration include forest biology, ecology, soil science, watershed management, international forestry, and others. Students in this option are encouraged to minor in the area of their choice.

Freshman Year

BIOL 528, Applied Biostatistics I or equivalent
ENGL 401, First Year Writing
MATH 424B, Calculus for Life Sciences
NR 400, Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources
NR 401, Introduction to Natural Resources
NR 425, Field Dendrology
NR 426, Wood Science and Technology
NR 542, Forestland Measurement and Mapping
PBIO 412, Introductory Botany
One oral communication skills course

Sophomore Year

CHEM 403, General Chemistry
EREC 411, Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives,
or  ECON 402, Principles of Economics (Micro)
NR 433, Wildlife Ecology
NR 501, Introduction to Soil Sciences
NR 506, Forest Entomology
NR 527, Forest Ecology
NR 544, Forest Biometrics
NR 599, Work Experience
General education elective 4, 5, 6, or 8
General education elective 4, 5, 6, or 8

Junior Year

NR 602, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
NR 629, Silviculture
NR 643, Economics of Forestry
NR 658, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
NR 670, Forest Fire Protection
PBIO 651, Plant Pathology
Professional option
Professional option
General education elective 4, 5, 6, or 8

Senior Year

NR 745, Forest Management
NR 757, Photo Interpretation and Photogrammetry
Professional option
Professional option
Professional option
NR 703, Watershed Water Quality Management,
or  NR 504, Freshwater Resources
General education elective 4, 5, 6, or 8


Students interested in the forestry program may consult with the program coordinator, Theodore Howard, (603) 862-2700.

General Science Certification

(See Department of Education and COLSA/Degrees, pages 35 and 85.)

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