Foresters and forest ecologists plan, maintain, and preserve forests and forest resources. The Forest Ecology and Management major at WSU is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to make a positive impact locally and globally by creating, managing, conserving and repairing forested ecosystems. The program builds on a strong foundation in science, with an emphasis on forest ecosystems and lots of hands-on experience in forest measurements and sampling.
A minor in Geospatial analysis is built into the curriculum.
Your Experience in Forest Ecology and Management
- The major prepares you to work as a professional forest ecologist, performing tasks ranging from increasing timber production to restoring wildlife habitat.
- The major combines a strong background in the plant sciences with a strong emphasis on spatial analysis including landscape ecology and GIS.
- Graduates are expected to be field ready with a strong background in plant identification, forest measurements, and forest stand management.
- Students benefit from an integrated common core of course work rooted in the environment, taken in concert with students majoring in related disciplines.
- Hands on experience in on-campus and off-campus laboratory exercises and internship opportunities
- Students may elect to complete a minor in geospatial analysis along with the major.
Your Course of Study
- University general education requirements (UCORE)
- Basic biology, chemistry, physics, math & statistics classes
- Earth and Environmental Science integrated common core classes
- SOE 300 Natural Resources Ecology OR BIOL 372 General Ecology
- Introduction to GIS (SOILS 368)
- SOE 210 Earth History & Evolution OR ENVR_SCI 250 Intro to Earth System Science
- SOE 312 Nat Res & Society OR POL_S 430 The Politics of Natural Resource & Environmental Policy
- SOE 315 Water & Earth OR SOE 460 Watershed Management
- Forest Ecology and Management core classes
- Natural Resource and Forest Measurements (SOE 204 & 304)
- Forest and Arid Land Plants & Ecosystems (SOE 301 & 302)
- Silviculture (SOE 305)
- Remote Sensing & Airphoto Interpretation (SOIL SCI 374)
- Sampling Terrestrial Ecosystems (SOE 404)
- Wildland Fire (SOE 430)
- Natural Resources Policy & Law (SOE 438)
- Conservation Biology (SOE 450) or Wildlife Habitat Ecology (SOE 446)
- Landscape Ecology (SOE 464)
- ArcGIS & Spatial Analysis (SOIL SCI 468)
- SOE 419 Yosemite Practicum
- Environmental Geology (SOE 303)
- Professional electives, minor or internships that match your interests and enhance your career goals
Students acquire a minor in Geospatial Analysis as part of the Forest Ecology and Management curriculum.
When you have completed your Forest Ecology and Management major you will be able to:
- Plant and Ecosystem Sciences
- Resource Economics
- Wildland Fire
- Forest Measurements
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Sampling
- Geospatial Analysis and remote sensing
- Environmental Policy
Your Hands-on Experiences
The program is comprised of both classroom- based science instruction and out-of-classroom experiences that allow students to apply theory to practice through field trips, internship opportunities, and study abroad options. Students are also supported in investigative problem-solving learning with opportunities for undergraduate research through a capstone course taken in the final year.
Your Career Options in Forest Ecology and Management
WSU Forest Ecology and Management graduates are ready for careers in private industry, non-government organizations, and local, state, and federal government as:
- Reforestation Specialists
- Wildfire Management Specialists
- Environmental Consultants
- Harvest Managers
- Geographic Information Specialist
- And many others