Forest Resource Management (B.S.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • Clemson is focused on conservation and environmental awareness. Campus has set out to reduce campus energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.
  • Forests cover two-thirds of South Carolina’s total land.
  • About 65 percent of our students are involved in the Forestry Club.
  • The average “family forest” in South Carolina is 66-acres.
ABOUT.

A major in forest resource management begins with the basics — trees. With each class you take, you form a broad understanding of the science behind forest management and how it promotes and affects wildlife, soil, water, recreation and communities. Enthusiasm, hands-on problem solving and relevant research just scratch the surface of what you'll encounter when you step into our classrooms and labs. While many of our students see themselves working in the forest, or doing field research after graduation, many others seek employment in a more suit-and-tie office setting, perhaps negotiating export prices with international markets. No matter which you prefer, the forestry profession is about conserving our natural resources and improving our world through careful, scientifically sound management practices.

CLASSES.

What you'll study:

Clemson's 17,500-acre Experimental Forest is full of plants, trees, animals, organisms and so many other incredible habitats. Opportunities for research and hands-on experience in the forest truly set our program apart. Plus, you'll be learning invaluable job and research skills while enjoying one of the world's most incredible gifts of nature.

Throughout your classes, you'll learn about the broad scope of forests, from the smallest soil microorganism that impacts the health of a forest to the federal policies negotiated in Washington, D.C. Everyone starts with basic science and math courses in preparation for upper-level course work such as ecology, forest economics, harvesting, wildlife management and even urban tree care.

Land Surveying Concentration Information
Clemson's forest resource management degree offers a concentration in land surveying. Students electing to complete this concentration are also eligible for surveying licensure through the S.C. Board of Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

  • Business Administration
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Similar Majors:

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

Our program is practice-based, built on the belief that the best learning comes from firsthand observation and experience. The faculty are dedicated to advancing the science and management of forests and natural resources, as well as discovering knowledge that can be applied to sustainable environmental protection and enhancement.

Internships and Research Projects:

INTERNSHIP:
In training our students to be the best in their field, we strongly encourage them to do at least one internship. Having a chance to put classroom learning to work in the field sets you apart from your peers.
COMPETE:
Every year, the student-run Clemson Forestry Club travels to the Southern Forestry Conclave to compete against students from the other 15 Southern forestry schools in activities from archery to timber-volume estimation.
CAMP:
The summer after your sophomore year, you'll spend eight weeks in “Summer Camp.” Spending your days in the forest and in the classroom, you'll learn the hands-on technical skills needed to enter the workforce.

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

50%

Employed

36%

Grad School

14%

Seeking Employment

0%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Claybourn Walters Co., Inc. — Procurement Forester
  • International Paper — Forester
  • S.C. Forestry Commission — Law Enforcement State Coordinator

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Arizona State University — Master’s
  • Clemson University — Master’s
  • University of Georgia — Master’s

Common Career Areas**

  • Fieldwork
    • Inventory
    • Harvest Planning
    • Reforestation
    • Firefighting
    • Forest Health
    • Wildlife Management
    • Recreational Design/Planning
  • Forest Products Industry
    • Forest Engineering
    • Production
    • Wood Science/Utilization
    • Research
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Public Relations
  • Education and Communication
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Public Relations
    • Environmental Policy/Law
  • Management
    • Resource Recreation
    • Range/Wildland Management
    • Forest Management
*Provided by the department.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
FIND OUT MORE.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Katie Black, Student Recruitment Coordinator
888-472-5433 — hulse@clemson.edu