Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF)
The undergraduate forestry degree at Northern Arizona University,
accredited by the Society of American Foresters, is distinct from other forestry programs.
Being located in Flagstaff, our natural environmental
positioning offers access to:
- the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in
- the oldest experimental forest and research
station in the United States
- six climate zones that range from low Sonoran
desert to alpine tundra
Our Student Services Coordinator and
extensive faculty job contacts offer you access to forestry and other related
positions all over the country and abroad. We’ll help you find:
- seasonal positions
- full-time employment upon graduation
And with our required certificate programs, you can specialize to add resume-building knowledge to your education.
Applying to the School of Forestry
Upon admission to the university, you must do the following:
- take pre-professional classes to prepare you for
entering the two-year Professional Forestry Program
- submit an application for admission to the
program during your sophomore year—contact our Student Services Coordinator
for more information
Upon admission to the two-year professional program, you complete a prescribed course of study—a
certificate—in your junior and senior years in addition to the prescribed professional program courses.
The first two years
You will take classes to meet pre-professional forestry and
general university requirements. These are required for entrance into the
junior and senior year’s professional forestry program.
Preparatory courses include:
- introductory forestry courses
- public speaking
- social science
As a freshman, you should visit regularly with the Student Services Coordinator and use the Forestry Degree Progression Plan to determine what classes you should take and when.
Transfer from within Arizona
If you want to transfer into the School of Forestry from
an institution within Arizona, you should:
- learn about the Arizona Transfer Articulation standards
- review the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide.
- complete forestry pre-professional courses at
Arizona community colleges. To do this, contact the Student Services
Coordinator as early as possible for help planning your
Transfer from outside Arizona
If you want transfer into the School of Forestry from an
institution outside Arizona, there are some things you need to know.
After being admitted to the School of Forestry
Once you’ve completed your two years of prerequisites and
have been accepted into our professional forestry program, you’ll spend your
junior and senior years in intensive study.
The first semester (Semester A)
Semester A emphasizes the study of:
- forest ecology
- forest products and services
- silviculture (the development and care of
- wildlife ecology
- watershed hydrology
- range ecology
The second semester (Semester B)
Semester B continues with the study of:
- wildlife management
- recreation management
- harvest planning
- forest policy
- ecosystem management
- case study in integrated resource management
Senior year (Semesters C and D)
You will work with real-world clients to collect field
data on natural resources like:
- wildland fire
You will use the data you collect to create a specialized
management plan for a particular client and location. You’ll gain real-world
experience in resource management and collaboration, which will give you an edge when looking for that first job after graduation.
You can also view more information on our degrees in our academic catalog.