Forest Engineering

Overview of a College Program in Forest Engineering

In addition to getting to use your strong mathematical skills, when you enroll in college Forest Engineering programs, you also get to use your exploration skills, conducting field research in outdoor areas. Types of jobs you can work after you graduate with Forest Engineering degrees are as an environmental scientist, geologist, hydrologist or forest engineer. The jobs allow you to work with government agencies, corporations and community organizations to make forest areas livable and/or workable by humans. You may also work with government officials to create policies and guidelines for construction companies and other workers to ensure the environment remains safe as companies build in forested areas.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees you can get as a Forest Engineering major include a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Physics, Bachelor of Science in Geology, Master of Science in Forest Engineering, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Master of Science in Physics, Master of Science in Geology, Doctorate of Physics and a Doctorate of Environmental Engineering. Prepare to take a mix of core courses and electives if you register to complete a four-year degree. Additionally, core courses you may be required to take as a Forest Engineering major are established by the individual college or university you attend. However, general core courses you can expect take include:

  • Urban Forest Planning and Management
  • Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Colloquium
  • Landscape Design Construction
  • Environmental Planning and Regulation
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Energy, Fantasy, and Form
  • Restoration of Rivers and Streams
  • Air Quality
  • Hydrology for Planners
  • Landscape Project Design
  • Theories of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
  • Citizen Involvement in the City Planning Process

Available Learning Formats for Forest Engineering

You may be able to enroll in a combination of classroom and distance learning courses when you major in Forest Engineering. Should you choose this option, be prepared to commute to campus to attend field research expeditions where you, your classmates and professors visit nearby forest areas to examine the soil, plant life, trees and rivers and lakes. During distance learning or virtual courses your professors may use video, web conferences, teleconferences and message boards to keep in touch with you and your classmates who are also taking virtual classes. For this reason, make sure you have a reliable computer that is designed with audio and visual equipment and applicable software.

Outlook for Careers in Forest Engineering

Jobs for geoscientists and hydrologists are expected to grow by approximately 18 percent from 2008 through 2018 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). If you continue your education and get doctorate degrees in the field, you can increase your chances of landing higher paying jobs. As of May 2008, the average income geoscientists earned was $79,160, while hydrologists earned an annual salary of $71,450.

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