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Paul Doruska, Discipline Coordinator
Room 239, Trainer Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-3988
Email: pdoruska@uwsp.edu OR cnr@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/forestry

This discipline is in the College of Natural Resources .

Faculty: L Anderson McIntyre, J Cook, M Demchik, P Doruska, S Gautam, R Hauer, H Petrillo, N Timilsina, M Vokoun, L Werner.

Accreditation: The educational programs in forest management, forest recreation, urban and community forestry and forest ecosystem restoration and management leading to the bachelor of science professional degree in forestry are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Urban and community forestry is also recognized by SAF as having earned specialized accreditation in urban forestry in addition to the forestry accreditation.

Definition: Forestry is the science, art, and practice of creating, managing, using, and conserving forests and associated resources. Biological, quantitative, managerial, and social sciences are applied to forest management and conservation in urban and rural environments.

Objectives of the Forestry Program

  1. To provide a sound undergraduate program of forestry education. The core of required forestry courses is based on standards for professional training established by the Society of American Foresters. Our program adds flexibility to help meet your professional objectives through the selection of collateral courses and specialized training.
  2. To support and enhance the other majors in the College of Natural Resources and other academic programs of the university. The philosophy of the College of Natural Resources emphasizes the oneness of the environment. To that end all majors in the college require training in forestry, soils, water, and wildlife. You can combine minors or concentrations in these other disciplines with your forestry major to enhance your qualifications as a forestry professional.
  3. To pursue new knowledge. Research is the basis of the graduate program. Research primarily in applied forestry is allied to the undergraduate program.
  4. To apply contemporary forestry knowledge through continuing education and extension. The forestry program serves as a center for the exchange of knowledge through sponsorship of symposia, workshops, and seminars on contemporary subjects for forestry professionals and forest landowners.
  5. To develop professionalism and an esprit de corps among students, alumni, and faculty. The faculty encourages continuing participation in professional and university activities by coordinating activities with the Society of American Foresters, the student chapter, local chapters, sections of the society, and the university alumni association.

Academic Standards for Forestry

To graduate with a major or minor in forestry, you must have a minimum in-major grade point average of 2.25 except for the Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management option which requires a minimum in-major grade point average of 2.50.

Forestry Transfer Students

If you are transferring here from an accredited institution to pursue a degree in forestry, you must complete at least 21 credits of 300 and 400 level UW-Stevens Point forestry courses.

Academic Standards for Forestry: Ecosystem Restoration and Management

NOTE: An enrollment cap is in effect for this option. Please consult with the Forestry Coordinator for advising information.

To be considered for this option, you must apply by submitting:

  1. a written statement in which you address your career goals and why you believe this option is right for you, and
  2. a copy of your most recent Degree Progress Report.

Following your application, you will interview with one of the forestry committee members who serves on the selection committee. Based on your written statement, cumulative grade point average, and your interview, you will be ranked. The highest ranked students will be accepted. If you are denied acceptance, you may reapply for appeal to the CNR Appeals Committee.

Application deadlines are March 15 (for fall semester admission) and October 15 (for spring semester admission).

Applications received after a deadline will be considered int he next review period. It is highly recommended that those following this curriculum plan on continuing their education with an advanced degree.

Academic Standards for the College of Natural Resources

You must apply for official acceptance as a College of Natural Resources major before the beginning of your junior year. Requirements for acceptance to the fisheries and water resources, forestry, wildlife, resource management (in the human dimensions of natural resource management discipline) or soil and waste resources major are:

  1. Complete 45 university credits.
  2. Have at least a 2.00 grade point average in courses required for the major.
  3. Complete an application to the College of Natural Resources. We will notify you within four weeks of your application, and if accepted will assign an adviser. Certain 300-400 level courses are restricted to approved CNR and/or biology majors. Nonmajors must have written consent of instructor to enroll.
  4. If you are transferring to UW-Stevens Point to major in the College of Natural Resources, Wildlife Ecology excepted, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. To be accepted as a CNR major, complete steps 1-3 above.

    To be retained as a major or minor and to be approved for graduation, you must meet the minimum grade point average established for your discipline in all UW-Stevens Point courses taken within the major or minor (2.75 to student teach in resource management), including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy. Minimum GPA by discipline:
    1. 2.0 GPA for paper science and engineering and chemical engineering.
    2. 2.25 GPA for all major options and minors in the CNR with the exception of the Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management option in forestry, and Wildlife Ecology.
    3. 2.50 GPA for wildlife ecology and the Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management option in forestry.

Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for the College of Natural Resources

The College of Natural Resources offers credit-by-exam for all of its courses. The comprehensive exam for each course will be written and drawn from lecture and/or lab topics normally covered in the course.

If you wish to take an exam for credit, first confer with the CNR associate dean for academic affairs. Then confer with the faculty member who most recently taught the course. The faculty member will notify you in writing with any pertinent information about the exam including the required minimum passing score before you take the exam. You will receive your grade in writing within two weeks after taking the exam. Results will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar if credit-by-exam is granted. You may take a test-out exam only once.


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