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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture




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Professor: Russell G. Congalton, Mark J. Ducey, Robert T. Eckert, Theodore E. Howard, Paul C. Johnson, Barrett N. Rock
Affiliate Professor: Christopher Eagar, Jeffrey H. Gove, William B. Leak
Associate Professor: Thomas D. Lee, Scott V. Ollinger
Affiliate Assistant Professor: Richard A. Hallett, Linda S. Heath
Extension Professor: Karen P. Bennett

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 401, Introduction to 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, Introduction to Soil Sciences
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 279, Forest Fire Control and Use
NR 729, Silviculture
NR 757, Photo Interpretation and Photogrammetry
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)

One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors.  The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors theses, mentored research projects, and other special student activities).  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, Theodore Howard, (603) 862-2700.


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