B. S. Forestry & Natural Resources
About the major …
The Society of American Foresters accredits the Forestry & Natural Resources program. Also, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recognizes employment as a forester with the Federal Government upon graduation.
Graduates qualify for such positions as forester, environmental interpreter, natural resource manager, urban forester, park administrator, park ranger, resource planner, watershed manager, hydrologist, fire and fuels manager, and many other related environmental career areas.
Cal Poly graduates are employed throughout the world: establishing, managing and sustaining forests and urban wildland areas; providing opportunities for a full range of uses; teaching; extension; research; and protecting and managing the environment.
The NRES Department assists in the management of the forest resources of Swanton Pacific Ranch, located near Santa Cruz adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. This 3200-acre field laboratory includes redwood forests, salmon-bearing streams, agricultural land and many other ecological environments. Students make extensive use of this facility.
Most students are required to complete an internship equivalent to one quarter of half-time work. Paid internships are available at Swanton Pacific Ranch, or the student may choose to pursue a seasonal job, volunteer work, or a cooperative education program. Work experience for academic credit must be documented by a work supervisor and approved by the student's academic advisor and program internship coordinator.