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Forest Ecology and Management

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Forest Ecology and Management (120 Credits)

A student may be admitted to the Forest Ecology and Management major upon making their intention known to the School of the Environment.

A student maintains eligibility for the major by completing each of the following courses with a C or better by the end of the fourth semester in the major: MATH 106, MATH 108, BIOLOGY 106, BIOLOGY 107, CHEM 101 or 105, SOE 204 and SOE 301. In addition, admitted students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

A student who does not meet these minimum requirements for maintaining eligibility in the major may be released by the School of the Environment after two semesters of failing to meet minimums. A student may be eligible to re-enter into the same major when minimum requirements are met.
First Year
First TermCredits
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 106 or Electives13
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 101 [PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
MATH 108 or Electives 12
Second Year
First TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM] 3 or 4
ECONS 3303
SOE 2042
SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 372 3 or 4
SOE 3013
Second TermCredits
MATH 140 [QUAN] or STAT 212 [QUAN]4
SOE 3023
SOE 312 [DIVR]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
SOE 210 4
SOE 3044
SOE 3053
SOIL SCI 368 3
Foreign Language, if needed20-4
Second TermCredits
ECONS 3523
SOE 315 or 46133
SOE 4033
SOE 4383
SOE Experiential Requirement or electives43
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
SOE 446 [M] or 450 [M]53
SOE 454 [CAPS] [M]53
STAT 4123
Professional Electives63
Complete Forestry Experiential Requirement7
Second TermCredits
SOE 464 [M]53
SOE 4843
SOE 4854
Foreign Language, if needed20-4
Exit Survey8

1MATH 106 and 108 are required courses. However, if students have tested into or taken MATH 140, 171, 172, STAT 212, or ALEKS with an 80% or better, MATH 106 and 108 will be waived. If waived, students may need to take additional credits to meet the University minimum requirement of 120 credits.
2Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.
3SOE 315 requires additional prerequisites of CHEM 102 or 106, and SOE 101 or 102.
4SOE Experiential Requirement: Students in the School of the Environment are required to fulfill the SOE Experiential Requirement before graduation. This requirement is designed to give students experience they will not receive in the traditional classroom-oriented course, and to better prepare them for a successful career after graduation. Students may choose 3 credits of coursework from SOE 492 or 495, or as approved by advisor. As an alternative to coursework, students may meet the requirement by documenting at least 135 hours of relevant practical experience. Students choosing the practical experience option may need an additional 3 credits of electives to meet the University requirement of 120 total credits.
5The School of the Environment requires students to take three [M] courses.
6Forest Ecology and Management Professional Elective (3 credits) is a course selected by students in concert with their advisor and pertaining to their major and/or to a specific sub-discipline of interest. Approved Professional electives include, but are not limited to: any CRM J course or any 200-400-level ANIM SCI, BIOLOGY, MBIOS, SOE, or SOIL SCI course.
7Forestry Experiential Requirement: Forestry majors will need to complete an additional 135 hours of volunteer or paid work related to their field of study and approved by their advisor to meet the requirements of the Forestry Core.
8Students must complete a School of the Environment exit survey, administered during the final semester.

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