The Forest Resources Management Program

Welcome to the Forest Resources Management program at West Virginia University! We are a recognized leader in preparing students for careers in professional forestry ranging from consulting for private woodland owners to managing vast tracts of public forestlands. Students are trained in life sciences—biology, ecology, tree identification, sustainable forestry—and specialized sciences such as forest biometrics, forest economics, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing of forest resources.

The 7,000-acre West Virginia University Research Forest provides ample opportunities for hands-on, field-based exercises that demonstrate the concepts and ideas that students are exposed to in class. Students may be involved in activities addressing basic ecosystem processes (for example, stream discharge generation, forest reproduction, and energy transfer through forest canopies) as well as sustainable uses of forest resources.


Students also have the opportunity to enhance their career options and college experience by participating in forestry organizations. The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters specializes in education and community service, the Woodsmen’s Team travels locally and regionally to compete with other schools in timber sports, and Xi Sigma Pi is the Forestry Honors society that promotes high academic standards among forestry students. Besides promoting camaraderie among forestry students, these organizations allow students to interact more closely with professors who serve as advisors.

The Forest Resources Management Program at WVU is a great environment for learning about the earth’s natural resources and ways that these resources can be sustainably managed to serve society and future generations. Students study, recreate, and work together inside and outside of classes as they train to become future leaders in forest resources management.

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Minor in Arboriculture
The industry demand for qualified arboriculturists is increasing. Entering job salaries and salary potential are high, and qualified graduates specializing in arboriculture are actively recruited. The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences have developed a new minor in arboriculture that will prepare students to pursue opportunities in the profession. As a result, West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences now houses one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s best opportunities to study arboriculture.

The minor in arboriculture is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the areas of urban forestry and ornamental horticulture as they relate to current urban environments. Emphasis is given to the establishment and management of herbaceous and woody plants used in commercial, recreational, and home settings.

Required Courses

This minor requires a minimum 18 hours in forestry and horticulture related courses with a grade of C or higher in each course. Required courses are AGRN 410, FOR 205, HORT 260/LARC 260, ENTO/PPTH 470 or ENTO 404 and PPTH 401, FMAN 315, ENTO/PPTH 471 and FMAN 491 or HORT 491. A minimum of six additional hours must be chosen from the following courses: FOR 340, AGRN 315, FMAN 440, HORT 262, and HORT 441.

AGRN 410* Soil Fertility (3 CR)
FOR 205** – Dendrology (3 CR)
HORT 260/LARC 260* – Ornamental Woody Plants and Ground Covers (3 CR) (prerequisite waived for FRM students minoring in Arboriculture)
ENTO/PPTH 470** – Forest Pest Management (4 Cr.) or ENTO 404 – Principles of Entomology and PPTH 401* – General Plant Pathology
FMAN 315 – ISA Certification Preparation Course (I CR) (New Course) This course will be developed to prepare students to take their ISA certification exam.
ENTO/PPTH 471 – Urban Tree & Shrub Health (l CR) (New Course)
PLSC 491 or FMAN 491 – Professional Field Experience (3 CR)

*These represent courses that are currently required as part of the horticulture degree program. Students majoring in horticulture will need 8 credit hours of required courses in the Arboriculture Minor external to the HORT degree program.

**These represent courses that are currently required as part of the Forest Resources Management (FRM) degree program. Students majoring in FRM will need 11 credit hours of required courses in the Arboriculture Minor external to the FRM degree program.

Restricted Electives (at least Two (2) courses from the following list are required for minor in Arboriculture):

FOR 340 Natural Resources Entrepreneurship (3 CR)
AGRN 315 – Turfgrass Management (3 CR)
FMAN 440 – Forestry Consulting (3 CR)
HORT 262 – Herbaceous Plant Material (3 CR)
HORT 441 – Garden Center Management (3 CR)

The total number of credit hours required for this minor is 24 credits. However, some of the required courses within this minor are current requirements within the Horticulture and Forest Resources Management degree programs. Horticulture majors would only need 14 total credit hours beyond that required for their major. For Forest Resources Management majors, only 17 credit hours are needed beyond their degree requirements. These total credit hour requirements could be reduced even further by selecting the Arboriculture restricted electives as major electives or for meeting WVU GEC requirements.

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