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Forestry/Natural Resources, A.S.


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Four-year college graduates in the field of forestry are responsible for the management of approximately one-third of the land area of the United States. The educational program in the School of Natural Resources (University of Minnesota) prepares the student in forest resource development and forest science curricula in the art, science and business of managing forest lands for all their products (timber, water, wildlife, grazing, and recreation). Forest products, forest engineering and forest marketing graduates are directly involved in the harvesting, processing, distribution and marketing of forest products in the nation. The recreation resource management curriculum specializes in manufactured housing, marketing, pulp and paper, wood science and technology as well as the management and marketing of recreation areas.

The College of Natural Resources at the University of Minnesota has many options or areas of specialization within the broad area of forestry. All of these programs require a broad science background and the following is only one possible two-year course of study. Upon completion of this program, the student earns the AS degree. This course outline does not meet MnTC requirements.

Students interested in this degree should choose the A.S./Pre-professional Studies major on the application.

Composition I 3
General Inorganic Chemistry I 4
General Inorganic Chemistry II 4
Organic Chemistry I 5
Introduction to Speech 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Principles of Biology 4
Animal Biology 4
Plant Biology 4
Calculus I 4
Fundamentals of Physics I 4
Fundamentals of Physics II 4
Introduction to Soil Science 3
Composition II 3
Intro to Probability& Statistics 4
Humanities Electives*** 3


Required for forest resources and forest science majors for the Itasca Biological Sciences Program:

** Depends on the area of specialization.
*** Minimums only.
**** Depends on the high school preparation.

An additional semester is required to complete the A.A. degree and MnTC requirements. Students should take six credits in HUM; two-six credits in SOC SCI (PSCI 2210 recommended); three credits in HLTH 1100; one credit of PHED Activity (if not previously completed); two-six credits to meet areas 7,8 and 9 of MnTC if not complete as part of HUM/SOC SCI requirements. This will total 10-20 additional credits.

Updated: si 10/12/11