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Program Structure

A student may enroll in selected courses or complete the entire program for a Master of Science Degree in Forestry. This degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. The Master of Science Degree in Forestry consists of 10 three-credit-hour courses. Students who wish to pursue a thesis option will require six credit hours of Thesis/Research

All courses are offered on the semester system. The Fall semester begins in August. The Spring semester typically begins in January, and the Summer semester in June. Courses are only offered at specified times. For example, a new student starting the program may only begin in the fall semester by taking one or both courses offered.

Listed below is the tentative course schedule for the Master of Science Degree in Forestry Distance Program. This schedule can change. Students should discuss course availability with their lead professor prior to each registration period. The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed.

FALL SPRING SUMMER
FO 6223
Forest Resource Mgmt
FO 6113
Forest Resource Economics
FO 8293
Master of Forestry Professoinal Paper
FO 6443
Int'l Forest Res. & Trade
FO 6323
Forest Resource Mgmt
FO 8111
Graduate Seminar
FO 6353* (Spring 2014)
Natural Resource Law
FO 8163
Nonmarket Forest Values
FO 6413*(Spring 2015)
Natural Resource Policy
FO 8293
Master of Forestry Professional Paper
FO 8143
Adv. Forest Economics
FO 8211
Graduate Seminar
FO 8243
Adv Forest Resource Mgt & Planning
FO 8293
Master of Forestry Professional Paper

*FO 6413 Natural Resource Policy and FO 6353 Natural Resource Law alternate yearly


Course Descriptions

Note: For information on the Instructor for each course, click on the course title

FO 6113 - Forest Resource Economics
Three hours online. Basic principles of forest resource valuation; economics applied to production, conversion, marketing and consumption of forest products and benefits.

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FO 6323 - Forest Resource Management
Three hours online. Three hours lecture and laboratory. Application of quantitative decision making techniques to stand-level and forest-wide management problems. Topics include land classification, forest production, optimal rotation analysis, and harvest scheduling.

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FO 6353 - Natural Resource Law
Three hours online. A comprehensive study of the laws relating to forestry and forest operations with emphasis on real property law, environmental law, forest taxation law and contract law.

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FO 6413 - Natural Resources Policy
Three hours online. Current topics relating to natural resources policy which affect management decisions and practices in the public and private sectors of natural resources use.

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FO 6443 - International Forest Resources & Trade
Three hours online. A study of the world's wood consumption, marketing arrangements, community forestry, and forestry in economic development.

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FO 8111 - Graduate Seminar
One hour online. Review of and discussion of current forestry issues. Presentation of student reports.

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FO 8143 - Advanced Forest Economics
Three hours online. Application of current theory and techniques of economics in forestry. Emphasis is on the use of quantitative tools to improve decision-making in forest resource management.

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FO 8163 - Nonmarket Forest Values
Three hours online. The course will deal with the valuation or nonmarket, non-timber outputs or amenities derived from the forest.

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FO 8211 - Graduate Seminar
One hour online. Review of and discussion of current forestry issues. Presentation of student reports.

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FO 8243 - Adcanced Forest Resource Management & Planning
Three hours online. Emphasis is on the assessment of multiple-use alternative. Data needs, resource trade-offs, and economic and policy implications are discussed.

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FO 8293 - Master of Forestry Professional Paper - For non-thesis option students only
For Master of Forestry students only. Demonstration of ability to compile, synthesize, and evaluate information, and to effectively communicate analyses and conclusions.