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Preparing passionate leaders driving change in sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

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B. S. Forestry & Natural Resources

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The B.S. degree program in Forestry & Natural Resources prepares students for careers in the protection and management of our forest and natural resources.

SAF shieldThe 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.

forestry grad placement ratesCal 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.


Forestry Graduate Placement Rates by Academic Year
Academic Year Number of Graduates Percent of Respondents Employed Percent of Respondents Employed in Forestry Job Type or Title
2012-2013 39 92% 82% Foresters (x13), Graduate Student (x3), part-time (x3), other(x4)
2011-2012 38 84% 93% Foresters (x12), Graduate Student (x2), part-time, other
2010-2011 31 94% 94% Foresters (x12), Graduate Student (x2), part-time (x2), other
2009-2010 40 90% 88% Foresters (x12), Graduate Student (x2), part-time (x2), other (x2)
2008-2009 34 90% 89% Foresters (x12), Graduate Student (x2), part-time (x3), other (x2)
2007-2008 34 100% 84% Foresters (x16), Graduate Student (x4), part-time (x2), other (x4)
2006-2007 37 83% 100% Foresters (x9), part-time
2005-2006 38 100% 92% Foresters (x9), Graduate Student (x2), part-time (x1), other
2004-2005 33 94% 87% Foresters (x14), other (x2)
2003-2004 31 95% 95% Foresters (x14), Graduate Student (x3), part-time (x2), other
2002-2003 37 92% 91% Foresters (x13), Graduate Student (x6), part-time (x2), other (x2)
2001-2002 41 96% 69% Foresters (x13), Graduate Student (x5), other (x8)
2001-2002 41 96% 69% Foresters (x13), Graduate Student (x5), other (x8)
2000-2001 25 100% 82% Foresters (x9), Graduate Student (x5), other (x3 )

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