Meeting the Challenge
The new School of the Environment strengthens the outstanding academic endeavors and scientific research already happening at Washington State University.
By bringing Earth sciences, ecosystem and natural resource ecology, sustainability sciences and social sciences under the same umbrella, the school will increase team-based research and scholarly output while also providing cutting-edge training for the next generation of scientists, resource managers, policy makers, and well-informed global citizens.
WSU is uniquely positioned among state agencies and institutions to address the many facets of our natural resources. Environmentally focused faculty are located throughout WSU's multi-campus system and Extension offices in every county provide environmental education and sustainability outreach to learners of all ages.
Coming Soon! Forestry is making a comeback at Washington State University
After phasing out its long-standing major in forestry in 2011, WSU will re-establish an updated major in forestry beginning in the fall of 2015. The recently established WSU School of the Environment will offer the major in Pullman.
Forestry majors will receive a strong foundation in science, with an emphasis on forest ecosystems. They will also take courses in related fields including wildlife ecology, environmental science, and earth science. Students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of climate change, global change, and the influence of humans on biodiversity and forest ecosystems. They will learn to apply the science and technology needed to help solve environmental problems and manage ecosystems.
Our graduates are expected to be field ready with a strong background in forest measurements and sampling. Students will get hands on experience in on-campus and off-campus laboratory exercises and be provided opportunities for internships. This will prepare them for in-demand careers in both government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private industry as foresters, reforestation specialists, harvest managers, natural resource managers, and more.
Students will also develop a strong background in landscape level analysis, with course work in landscape ecology and GIS. For any student interested in having a stronger emphasis in the area, a minor in geospatial analysis is available as a part of their degree.
Specific courses in the major include: plants and ecosystems, silviculture, resource economics, wildland fire, forest measurements, sampling terrestrial ecosystems, watershed management, range management, remote sensing, environmental and natural resource policy, landscape ecology, disturbance ecology and others.
WSU will seek accreditation from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) for the newly updated major which is expected to be well received. Accreditation is important as it is required by many employers.