If you enjoy being outdoors, 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.
Resources for Prospective Students
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.
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.
Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy
The Forest Operations, Bioproducts, and Bioenergy Program at UMaine has been designed to address a major challenge to the industry: the efficient and environmentally acceptable growth, management, extraction and transportation of timber for the manufacture of forest products.The interdisciplinary program combines coursework, fieldwork and faculty expertise in forest ecology, forest management and wood science, with an emphasis in business administration. Training in a forest setting begins the first semester.
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.
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.
Undergraduate Program Contact
Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
5755 Nutting Hall, Rm. 201
Orono, ME 04469-5755