Forestry | Agricultural Science | SIU

Southern Illinois University



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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. Enjoy your outdoor classrooms in 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.

The Department of Forestry offers the following game-changing specializations:

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

Curriculum and Courses

 The Forestry program requires the standard 120 credit hours for a baccalaureate degree, including meeting University Core Curriculum and the College of Agricultural Sciences’ requirements, which may be met though an approved Associate’s degree from an accredited community college.

Check out the program’s courses for an idea of what to expect.

This program offers continuous enrollment, so students may begin the program at any time. Part-time enrollment is available.

Program Costs

The cost for the Forestry program is determined by SIU’s tuition and fee structure. Please refer to the On-Campus Tuition and Fees Calculator for additional information. Visit the SIU Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid, student employment, and costs and billing.

Some courses may require the purchase of textbooks, supplies, or other materials. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate on the total cost of attendance.

Financial aid and scholarships may be available. In addition to a wide variety of University-wide scholarships,there are College-wide scholarships available.

Why our forestry program?

Our program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters, and is nationally ranked. Our graduates have gone on to rewarding careers in a wide variety of forestry-related positions throughout the country.

The Forestry Department is well placed in Southern Illinois, surrounded by thousands of acres of different forest types and agricultural land, providing students with excellent facilities both on and off campus.

Check out SIU Forestry Facts for highlights of our program and the successes of our graduates throughout the country.

Contact Us

For more information about forestry, contact Program Coordinator Karl Williard at

For questions, or to request more information, please fill out the form below or contact the Academic Advisor, Kathy Elson, at or (618) 453-3080.


Additional information

View the Undergraduate Catalog for more information about University policies and requirements.