BS in Forest Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
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Forest ecosystems cover one-third of the world’s land area and nearly half of Wisconsin. They provide a range of benefits to society, including wood and fiber, wildlife habitat, biological diversity, clean water, carbon storage, recreation, beauty, and cultural values. The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology trains foresters to sustainably manage forests toward sustainable ecological, social, and economic outcomes. Forest science students also learn how to respond to forest disturbances from insects, diseases, fire, and other changes. Beyond a core of basic science and forestry coursework, students have the flexibility to customize their learning experience within one of three tracks: forest conservation, forests and the environment, and forest management. All three tracks meet the Society of American Foresters' accreditation standards, a key credential that employers seek. Students are also well positioned to pursue graduate training in forestry, ecology, remote sensing, natural resource policy, and related fields.