Forestry Degree: Forest Operations Management Option

Our Forestry Undergraduate Advising Guide is avalilable for download here.  The option-specific information for the Forest Operations Management Option begins on page 14.

OSU Catalog Description: B.S. Forestry, Forest Operations Management Option


Program Objectives

Forest operations management

Forestry, Forest Operations Management Option will educate society-ready natural resource professionals with strengths in forest operations, forest management, and business management to support the needs of the forestry sector in Oregon. Currently, we anticipate the greatest demand for these graduates to be from the forest industry and the contractors that support operations on industrial and state agency forestlands where timber production is a land management objective. For example, the graduates will be well-prepared to work in the forest products industry as entry-level managers of forest operations projects for service firms such as logging or silvicultural contractors, or be employed directly as company or agency representatives that supervise this growing contracting work force. Additionally, graduates will have the business background that will allow them to add value to the growing new class of forest landowners in Oregon - the timberland investment management organizations. We anticipate relatively little demand for these graduates from the federal land management agencies at the present time, but some projections call for an emerging shift in objectives that could trigger demand for graduates with a Forest Operations Management background within the decade.

Those who complete this program will be well prepared to continue on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines that range from forestry to business. Graduates will have completed the foundational coursework required to apply for admission into an MBA graduate program. Completion of this graduate degree is a common approach used to enhance career options in the private forestry sector.

To achieve program goals, the curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations. Prescribed requirements for the Business Minor enhance students’ skills in accounting, finance, business law, and organizational behavior. The curriculum includes a business elective that can be applied to a marketing class, which completes the typical set of required courses needed to apply for admission into an MBA degree program, or to take a family business management course for those interested in managing a family business after graduation.

Forestry, Forest Operations Management Option concludes with two quarter-long capstone courses in which students apply their forestry and business knowledge to solve a large integrated forest operations problem.