Forestry

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Dual Degree

offered in forestry and fisheries & wildlife

Foresters are stewards of the land. They not only care about trees, but also care about the land that trees grow on and the other plants and animals in the forest. If you’re interested in protecting wildlife habitat and the environment while meeting the ever-growing human demand for wood products, clean water, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty, consider a career in forestry.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of the forest and the ecosystems through coursework that explores the biological, political and managerial sciences while earning your forestry degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The emphasis areas in this degree program will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Timber Investment
  • Urban Forestry
  • Environmental Impact Consulting
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Timber Sales Preparation
  • Conservation Agency
  • Forest Stewardship Education
  • County Extension
  • Ecological Science
  • Paper Products Manufacturing

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Work to promote forest health and productivity, increase and enhance wildlife habitat, increase biodiversity, and help protect endangered species while working for state and federal agencies such as the Missouri Department of Conservation or the US Forest Service. Forest resource managers are also employed by wood products firms like Weyerhaeuser to ensure a sustainable wood supply for meeting the needs of our society.

Urban Forestry

Maintain and improve the green infrastructure found in parks and other public places as an urban forester working for cities and other municipalities. Urban foresters also work for tree service companies that serve homeowners and citizen groups through maintaining the health and vigor of trees on private land.

Forest Resource Entrepreneurship

Assume a role administrating timber sales, developing carbon contracts or implementing forest stand improvement practices to name but a few of the tasks you could perform as either an independent consulting forester or as a forestry consulting firm employee.

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State and federal agencies: Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service

Forest products: International Paper, Green Bay Packaging, Weyerhaeuser

Tree harvesting: Deltic Timber, Pioneer Forest, Davey Tree

Core Areas of Study

  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Health & Protection
  • Natural Resources Biometrics
  • Forest Management
  • Watershed Management

Major requirements for Forestry degree

Requirements for minor

Courses for Forestry degree

Download the degree program overview (PDF)

Dual Degree Option

A dual degree in fisheries and wildlife can supplement a forestry degree. Along with coursework in forestry, this dual degree option requires courses in fisheries and wildlife that will build a strong foundation in understanding the science of the plants and animals living in the forest environment.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • MU Forestry Club
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Student Association of Fire Ecology