Forestry

Built on a longstanding Adirondack tradition, forestry education at Paul Smith’s College equips students with a foundation of technical, field-based and applied education that combines theory and practice. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in three concentrations:

  • Ecological Forest Management prepares students for positions with government forestry agencies, forestry consulting firms and non-governmental organizations.
  • Forestry Operations is a fit for students interested in working for forest-products companies or running their own forest-products firm.
  • Forest Biology is ideal for students who plans to continue to graduate school and specialize in a field such as forest ecology or forest entomology.

All forestry graduates complete a rigorous curriculum that also includes coursework in communications, liberal arts and sciences to develop an ethic of citizenship and a current mix of marketable professional skills. It’s easy to switch between concentrations during the first year.

ACCREDITED BY THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS

Paul Smith’s Colleges A.A.S. in Forest Technology and B.S. in Forestry degree programs are both accredited by the Society of American Foresters

Key Facts
  • A.A.S. degree
  • B.S. degree
  • 121 credit hours (minimum) required
    • 40+ credits must be in 300/400 level courses
    • 60+ credits must be in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Paul Smith’s Colleges A.A.S. in Forest Technology and B.S. in Forestry degree programs are both accredited by the Society of American Foresters

The following shows percentages of forestry program graduates employed or pursuing further education within 18 months of graduation. Numbers were obtained from alumni surveys conducted from 2010 to 2014, with 86% of forestry program alumni responded to these surveys.

Program

Employed (%)

Pursuing Further Education (%)

Employed or Pursuing Further Education (%)

Forest Biology (BS)

83

0

83

Ecological Forest Management (BS)

85

7

92

Industrial Forest Operations (BS)

80

10

90

Forest Technology (AAS)

64

36

100

Career Options
  • Forestry Technician
  • Procurement Forester
  • Log Buyer
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Logger
  • Forest Products Industry
Required Courses

Detailed information is available in our Program Planning Guide.

  • Core Forestry Required Courses:  Intro to Forestry; Dendrology; Forest Production Processes; Forest Health; Forest Mensuration I; Forest Mensuration II; Silviculture; Forest Ecology; Forest Soils; Forest Management; Forest Policy; Advanced Silviculture; Intro to Wildlife Management; Geospatial Technologies; Watershed Management; Field Surveying I; Senior Capstone Project
  • Forestry Summer Session:  Forest Production Processes; Forest Mensuration I; Field Surveying I
  • Forestry Concentration Requirements
    • Ecological Forest Management Concentration: General Ecology; Timber Harvesting; Natural Resource Economics; Field Surveying II
    • Forest Biology Concentration: Biology II; Plant Biology; General Ecology; Genetics; Chemistry II; Organic Chemistry; Choice of Biological Science Cluster
    • Forest Operations Concentration: Financial Accounting; Wood Properties; Timber Harvesting; Forest Products; Natural Resource Economics; Field Surveying II

Meet Forestry major Sam the Shredder

When she's not busy studying Forestry Operations, Samantha Slingerland races on the professional flat-track circuit. » 

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