Preforestry & Natural Resources
Planning a Career in Forestry
The profession of forestry has as its primary function the active management of forest lands and resources through the application of sound economic and ecological principles. In forestry school students may concentrate in forest management, fish and wildlife biology, forest water resources or forestry science. Upon graduation, employment with federal, state, or local agencies as well as with private consulting firms, industry and conservation organizations provides a variety of job experiences. Private practice as forestry consultants and timber management specialists is also possible. Job opportunities depend on the specific area of concentration of the graduate and geographic focus of the job search.
The preprofessional curriculum for forestry students consists of 60 hours of study earned from an accredited undergraduate institution. This can be accomplished in two to three years. The remaining professional training leading to a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources must be completed at a school of forest resources. The only school of this type in Georgia is located at the University of Georgia. Requirements of other professional schools may vary and students should consult the preforestry adviser and admissions counselors from individual schools for more information.
The preforestry curriculum offered at Georgia College has been carefully planned and correlated to meet the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources requirements. It provides the strong liberal arts courses that develop critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills that are necessary for successful performance in professional schools. We provide numerous opportunities for students to interact with outstanding teachers and academic advisers as well as with strong preprofessional students. In this environment students can develop their potential and become competitive professional school applicants
Graduate School Admission
You are admitted to the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia in the fall or spring semesters. Separate application must be made for admission to the university. Both applications may be obtained from the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources. Because of limited enrollment, admission to forestry school is competitive and all qualified students may not be accepted. You will be evaluated for admission on the following:
- Grade point average in the required pre-professional courses
- Personal interview with the admissions committee
- Letters of recommendation.