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College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534


Web: College of Natural Resources

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Learn Outside

  • Work at The Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research. Help plant and take care of seedlings and be a part of current research at the Franklin H. Pitkin Nursery, owned and operated by the University of Idaho.
  • Spend a summer working for a local timber company or state or federal forest as a forestry technician. Learn firsthand the decisions and work that go into forest management. 

Course Checksheets

Download course checksheets for the current academic year | Forestry

Your Forest Resources degree has a number of course electives that will expand your knowledge and may help you meet your goals.

Your degree may also be enhanced with a minor in Forestry or in one of our other programs. Many of our classes cross over and help you build minor credits.

For detailed information, please visit the catalog description for this degree and its options.

Available Courses

BIOL 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 cr)

CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)

ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)

FOR 102 Introduction to Forest Management (1 cr)

FOR 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)

ENT 469 Introduction to Forest Insects (2 cr)

FOR 274 Forest Measurement and Inventory (3 cr)

FOR 320 Dendrology (4 cr)

FOR 324 Forest Regeneration (3 cr)

FOR 330 Forest Soil and Canopy Processes (4 cr)

FOR 373 Forestry Sampling Methods (2 cr)

FOR 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

FOR 424 Forest Dynamics and Management (4 cr)

FOR 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)

FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management (3 cr)

FOR 468 Forest and Plant Pathology (2 cr)

FOR 484 Forest Policy and Administration (2 cr)

MATH 143 Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (3 cr)

MATH 144 Analytic Trigonometry (1 cr)

NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources (1 cr)

SOIL 205 The Soil Ecosystem (3 cr)

SOIL 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab (1 cr)

STAT 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

BIOL 116 Organisms and Environments (4 cr)

PlSc 205 General Botany (4 cr)

CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I (4 cr)

ENGL 313 Business Writing (3 cr)

ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3 cr)

FOR 221 Ecology (3 cr)

REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)

PHYS 100 Fundamentals of Physics (3 cr)

PHYS 111 General Physics I (3 cr)

AGEC J477/J577 Law, Ethics, and the Environment (3 cr)

BIOL 213 Principles of Biological Structure and Function (4 cr)

BIOL 421 Advanced Evolutionary Biology (3 cr)

CSS 486 Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

CSS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management (3 cr)

FISH 314 Fish Ecology (3 cr)

FISH 415 Limnology (4 cr)

FISH 430 Riparian Ecology and Management (3 cr)

FOR 426 Global Fire Ecology and Management (3 cr)

FOR 427 Prescribed Burning Lab (3 cr)

FOR 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)

FOR 431 Low Volume Forest Roads (2 cr)

FOR 436 Cable Systems (2 cr)

FOR 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment (4 cr)

FOR 497 (s) Senior Thesis (2-4 cr, max 4)

GEOG 301 Meteorology (3 cr)

GEOG 385 GIS Primer (3 cr)

FOR 427 Prescribed Burning Lab (3 cr)

FOR 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)

FOR 431 Low Volume Forest Roads (2 cr)

FOR 436 Cable Systems (2 cr)

FOR 472 Remote Sensing of the Environment (4 cr)

FOR 497 (s) Senior Thesis (2-4 cr, max 4)

GEOG 301 Meteorology (3 cr)

GEOG 385 GIS Primer (3 cr)

GEOL 111 Physical Geology for Science Majors (3 cr)

MATH 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)

MATH 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)

POLS 364 Politics of the Environment (3 cr)

REM J407/J510 GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (2 cr)

REM 411 Ecological Monitoring and Analysis (2 cr)

REM 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)

REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology (3 cr)

REM 459 Rangeland Ecology (2 cr)

REM 460 Rangeland Ecology Current Topics and Field Studies (1 cr)

RMat 321
Properties of Renewable Materials (3 cr)

RMat 444 Primary Products Manufacturing (3 cr)

SOIL 446
(s) Soil Fertility (1-3 cr, max 3)

SOIL 454 Pedology (3 cr)

STAT 431 Statistical Analysis (3 cr)

WLF 314 Wildlife Ecology I (3 cr)

WLF 316 Wildlife Ecology II (4 cr)

WLF 440 Conservation Biology (3 cr)

Career Guide

Here are just a few of the jobs you can get with this degree.


Work in the field not only to harvest timber but to lead sustainable management of the forest. Your understanding of healthy forest ecosystems will allow you to balance the needs of the forest products industry with the necessary precautions to maintain regrowth and sustainability.


Connect the many aspects of an ecosystem to best understand and maintain a healthy forest. Your desire to understand how trees adapt to their environment allows you to create solid research projects to create results used in decision making.

Fire manager

Lead decision making and strategy planning on land around the world. Coordinate fire control and crews, lead public education as well as help protect land from fire by providing sound information to those working on the land.

Forest health specialist

Study the effect of bugs and disease on forests. Help not only with diagnosis, but with treatment and prevention of infestations to help maintain healthier forests.

Land-use planner

Help prevent conflict among people or within in ecosystems by applying your knowledge of these relationships to plan land use and change in an efficient and ethical way. From water availability to social conditions, you will analyze all the impacts to provide sound advice.

Nursery manager

Oversee the supply of seedling stock for reforestation and other planting projects. Collaborate with agencies and private landowners to select seedlings to best fit a land-use need. Lead research into new varieties of stock and new methods for growing the strongest seedlings.

Forest protection officer

Use your background in forest resources to identify and take appropriate action to uphold regulations and rules on public lands. While not a law-enforcement officer, you will serve as the first response when public land is threatened.


Specialize within your forestry career to focus specifically on the development and care of forests. Work as a scientist to find the best ways of planting and caring for forests.

GIS specialist

Work with geographic information systems within forest resources to solve problems and present data to scientists and decision makers. You may create maps, work with remote sensing and help locate and monitor specific sites for research.

Marketing specialist

Use your strong communication skills to build relationships between foresters, manufacturers and the general public. Educate others about the use of sustainable forest practices and collaborate with others to promote the forest industry.


College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534


Web: College of Natural Resources

google maps location