Are you interested in a traditional career in forest management, but lack an undergraduate degree in forestry? Some students like you choose to earn a second Bachelor’s degree, but most students choose to earn a professional Master’s degree — a Master of Forestry (MF).
A MF can help you gain the skills and forestry background so that you can compete for forest management/field jobs. Your studies will provide the start of preparations for licensing as a state Registered Forester or certification by the Society of American Foresters.
Information on the general educational background needed can be found at this link.
Have a natural science background?
If your undergraduate major was in the natural sciences (e.g., biology, natural resources), you might need just a few undergraduate courses such as soils or microeconomics. You could take these while in the MF program. It would be advisable to add forestry summer camp.
Don’t have a natural science background?
If your undergraduate studies were not in the natural sciences, your pathway could take longer. You should, at the very minimum, have the equivalent of:
- Two semesters of college-level mathematics or statistics (equivalent to, for example, NC State’s MA 114, MA 121, MA 131/231, MA 141/241, or ST 311)
- One semester of basic plant biology, physiology, or anatomy (e.g., PB 200, FOR 303, PB 421, or PB 400)
- One semester of chemistry (e.g., CH 101/102)
- One semester of ecology (e.g., FOR 260 or PB 360/365)
Equivalent courses are offered at many community colleges and four-year universities – these courses do not need to be taken at NCSU.
Note that the above suggestions are for the career path of forest management and are not requirements for admission into or graduation from the MF degree program.