Undergraduate Degrees

If you enjoy working with trees, discover the opportunities in the School of Forest Resources!  Explore the diversity of Maine’s natural environment while learning how to improve the health, beauty, use, and enjoyment of our forest resources. Our School offers five undergraduate programs leading to a 4-year B.S. degree. Take some time to find the one that is right for you, and feel free to contact us anytime for more information.  Degree programs offered by the School of Forest Resources include:

B.S. in Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy (prior to Fall 2021)
B.S. in Sustainable Materials and Technology (Fall 2021 and later)
B.S. in Forestry
B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Ecosystem Ecology Concentration – Forest Ecology track


B.S. in Forestry

The four-year curriculum, accredited by the Society of American Foresters, requires completion of 120 credits of coursework. In addition to the University’s general education requirements in science, human values, communications, and mathematics, the curriculum includes forest-oriented courses in biology, soil science, measurements, mapping, inventory, protection, ecology, tree culture, economics, policy, and administration. These are combined into an integrated approach to the management of forests for desired, sustainable conditions that respond to society’s demands for a healthy forest environment, wood-based products, wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities, and water resources.
The Forestry Program

B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) program is designed to provide students with training that will qualify them to work in a variety of work settings such as parks and protected natural areas, the public and private business sectors, non-profit environmental organizations, as well as state and federal natural resource agencies. The PRT program emphasis on the integration of natural, social, and management sciences reflects the inter-disciplinary context in which recreation, tourism, natural resource planning, and environmental concerns are addressed.
The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program

B.S. in Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy (prior to Fall 2021)
B.S. in  Sustainable Materials and Technology (Fall 2021 and later) 

The FBB program is being revised to become the BS in Sustainable Materials and Technology or SMT program.

This change is in response to societal demand to move away from fossil fuels; renewable and sustainable resources are increasingly being used to create products ranging from construction and paper to packaging, composites, electronics, textiles, plastics, and bioenergy.

The SMT degree program provides foundational knowledge on how wood and other plant-based materials can be sustainably produced and converted into these products. Students will learn the fundamentals of plant growth and science, principles for sustainably converting renewable resources into a range of products, and business and supply chain concepts.

Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program (prior to Fall 2021)
Sustainable Materials and Technology Program (Fall 2021 and later)

B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences: Ecosystem Ecology Concentration – Forest Ecology track

The Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EES) has a concentration in Ecosystem Ecology with a Forest Ecology track.  The concentration is designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of understanding required to become active participants in promoting the sustainability of our forests in the future.  The Forest Ecology track outlines a program that will make students highly competitive for graduate studies in such areas as forest ecology, silviculture, forest health, or tree physiology.
The EES: EEC – Forest Ecology Track Program

 

4+1 Master of Forestry Program

The 4+1 Master of Forestry Degree is to allow academically strong students to enroll in up to 9 credits of MF coursework during their senior year, which would then count toward both the BS and MF degree requirements (assuming a grade of B or higher). Following graduation with the BS, students would complete the MF degree with 21 more graduate-level credits, normally within a 15-month period. The typical program would thus entail two semesters of 9 credits each, followed by the 3-credit Master of Forestry Project (SFR 690) taken during the summer term.
The 4+1 Master of Forestry Program

Undergraduate Program Contact

Picture of William Livingston
Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
5755 Nutting Hall, Rm. 201B
Orono, ME  04469-5755
207.581.2990
williaml@maine.edu