Forestry - Forest Biology Concentration

Program Codes: FBIO
Bachelor of Science

The Forestry Bachelor's degree builds on the long tradition of forestry education at Paul Smith's College. The strength of the program is the foundation of technical, field-based, and experiential education that combines forest science, theory, and practice. Although it is not required, students in the Forestry Bachelor's program may also acquire one of our two-year technical degrees.

There are three concentrations available within the Forestry Bachelor's degree program. Ecological Forest Management is the most general of these and will prepare students for positions with government forestry agencies, forestry consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations. The Forest Operations concentration is best-suited for students interested in working for forest products companies or running their own forest products firm. Forest Biology, a science-based concentration, is ideal for a student who plans to specialize in a field such as forest ecology or forest entomology and possibly go on to graduate school. Regardless of the concentration, graduates of the Forestry program are also well prepared to continue their studies in graduate school if they choose. Each graduate of this program will have completed a rigorous core curriculum that includes forestry and related courses. The student will also have acquired the solid foundation in liberal arts and sciences, as well as in communications skills, necessary to be an effective professional and a responsible citizen.

The educational program in Forestry leading to the B.S. degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

  • At the end of the program students will be able to:
  • Analyze and synthesize the ecological and biophysical underpinnings of Forests.
  • Analyze forestry production cycles.
  • Analyze forest inventory and natural resources data, both spatially and non-spatially.
  • Develop and express informed perspectives and opinions on the biophysical and sociopolitical contexts in which forestry is practiced.
  • Integrate forestry knowledge and experience to develop forestry-related arguments and plans that reflect an appreciation of the diverse uses and values associated with forest resource and their sustainable management.
  • Evaluate costs and benefits related to forest resource management.

Degree Requirements:

A minimum of 120- 123 (depending on concentration) credits with a minimum of 40 credits of 300/400 level courses and 60 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences credits is required for the B.S. degree. Note: There is a required summer session of 6 credit hours between freshman and sophomore years.

The minimum number of credit hours necessary to meet degree requirements for the Forest Biology program is 123. A minimum of 60 credits of the total shall be drawn from the Liberal Arts and Sciences. At least 40 credits shall be 300- or 400-level courses. Note: There is a required summer session of 6 credit hours between freshman and sophomore years.

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Semester 1

Semester 2

3
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Summer Field Session (required) - 6 Credit Hours

Semester 3

Semester 4

3
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Semester 5

Semester 6

3
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ELECTIVE - UD
2-4

Select any Upper Division (300 or 400 level) course.

Semester 7

3-4
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ELECTIVE - UD
3-4

Select any Upper Division (300 or 400 level) course.

Semester 8

3-4
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ELECTIVE - UD
3-4

Select any Upper Division (300 or 400 level) course.

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ELECTIVE - UD
3-4

Select any Upper Division (300 or 400 level) course.

Total Credits 123

Contact Information

Dr. Brett McLeod

Pickett Hall 107

518-327-6990

bmcleod@paulsmiths.edu

 

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