Forestry Major | College of Agricultural Science | SIU

Southern Illinois University




Our top-ranked bachelor's degree in Forestry focuses on sustainable management of natural resources while working outdoors, in nature, with interesting people from all walks of life.

Discover forestry management, park and recreational land management, ecology, wildlife management, environmental education, restoration, watershed management and urban forestry. Our top-notch program is one of 47 nationally accredited Bachelor of Science programs by the Society of American Foresters.

Learn about forest ecosystems and why they are crucial to the biosphere and gain expertise in managing public or private forests, all the while employing natural resource sciences for the protection, management and sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Experience exciting, scientific, hands-on learning and research opportunities from our award-winning faculty and enjoy our outstanding location: a national forest, several fish and wildlife refuges, state parks, lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands, in addition to our own forested areas and private lands.

Our game-changing specializations include:

Our courses provide quality educational opportunities and world-class experiences that prepare you for fulfilling careers in nature.

Custom Forestry Program

In addition to these specializations, the Forestry major also offers students the flexibility to customize a specific course of study in order to meet individual employment and educational goals. Working closely with a faculty advisor, students craft a unique program of study in Forestry that takes them on a transformative and ultimately rewarding educational journey.