Master of Forestry students are expected to have background coursework to meet the following objectives. In general, this background coursework will be taken prior to entry into the MF; however, all MF students will have transcripts evaluated by an advisor and deficiencies can be made up in the graduate program. These are taken from the Society of American Foresters Accreditation Guide.
Programs must document how oral and written communication skills are reinforced throughout the curriculum.
- Oral: Competencies must be documented as an ability in preparing, and delivering effective oral presentations.
- Written: Competencies must be documented as: a. A proficiency in English composition, technical/business writing, and writing for nonprofessional audiences; b. An ability to read with comprehension a variety of documents, and critically evaluate opposing viewpoints.
B. Science and Mathematics
Biological and physical sciences and mathematics must be included:
- Biological sciences: Competencies must be documented as: a. An understanding of the components, patterns, and processes of biological and ecological systems across spatial and temporal scales; b. An understanding of molecular biology, cells, organisms, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.
- Physical sciences: Competencies must be documented as an understanding of physical and chemical properties, measurements, structure, and states of matter.
- Mathematics: Competencies must be documented as the ability to understand and use the basic approaches and applications of mathematics and statistics for analysis and problem solving as appropriate for the program’s stated outcomes.
C. Social Sciences and Humanities
Competencies must be documented as an:
- Understanding of, and an ability to address, moral and ethical questions and an ability to use critical reasoning skills.
- Understanding of human behavior and social and economic structures, processes, and institutions of importance across a broad range of societies.
- Understanding of the diverse dimensions of the human experience and culture