Forest Resources, B.S.
Our forest resources program gives you a sound ecological foundation for forest ecosystem management which in today's complex environment encompasses several areas, such as:
- Forest policy development
- Disease and pest diagnosis as well as invasive species management
- Forest hydrology and watershed management
- Forest ecology
- Geographic information systems and other geospatial tools
- Forest management
- Wildland fire management
The flexibility of our program curriculum gives you the opportunity to focus your studies on your specific area of interest and your ultimate career goals. For example if you're intrigued by the application of technology in land management, you may choose to take multiple electives that will give you a solid skill set in this area. Forest resources electives as well as related program courses span topics related to spatial analysis, mapping techniques, GPS and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and relational database management.
Regardless of the electives you select, our program requirements include 94 credits of specific courses plus 16 credits from a list of "Restricted Electives," plus "Free electives" to total 120 credits.
What You Will Learn
In our program you will learn strategies for balancing the desire to conserve and sustain forested ecosystems with the need to use forest resources for economic, recreational and environmental purposes.
As a graduate of our accredited program, you'll have the confidence and ability to:
- Develop and manage studies to determine what conditions account for prevalence of different varieties of trees
- Classify light and soil requirements of various tree species to understand their resistance to disease and insects
- Investigate the adaptability of different species to new environmental conditions, such as changes in soil type, climate, and elevation
- Formulate and communicate how comprehensive watershed plans accounting for how the amount, structure and composition of vegetation will influence water quality
- Analyze the relationship of the primary catalysts of forest change: fire, insects and disease
- Identify patterns of insects and pathogens currently affecting Idaho's forests, such as: Root Disease, Dwarf Mistletoes, Bark Beetles, and Defoliators
- Strategize and generate plans to restore forested lands, monitoring the progress of those lands, and supervising harvests.