What is Pro School?

Forestry and Forest Engineering Professional Program

What is it?

In our professional program the student has an academic focus directly preparing them for a variety of career options. Each Forestry and Forest Engineering student completes pre-professional  coursework during their freshman and sophomore years.  This allows them to demonstrate a level of mastery that will prepare them for success in the professional program (a.k.a. "Pro School") during their junior/senior years.  The coursework and training in Pro School ultimately matches very well with forestry career paths and prepares the student for real-world career applications.


Selecting our Professional School

Committing to a professional program is an exciting prospect. Don't hesitate to gather information about us on this website and by visiting campus. Remember that, in the Pro School framework, the first two years of your academic program count: a student needs to earn grades of "C" or better, and a minimum GPA of 2.25 or higher, in all the pre-professional courses to be eligible for admission to the Pro-School. Students will work with their academic advisor (every student has one in our college) to support their success and efficient progress in the degree program. 

Also, remember that our degree names don't say it all: while the degree titles are specific, our professional degrees don't lead one down a single career path.  For example: a single degree option, like the Forestry degree, Forest Management option, still can produce the best-of-the-best graduate capable of working in careers related to forest-wildlife interactions (e.g. a wildlife biologist with expertise in forested landscapes), forest-stream interactions (e.g. forest hydrologist), forest dynamics (e.g. forest ecologist), and human-forest interactions (forest manager, forest policy, etc.).  Similarly, lots of career paths emanate from Forest Operations, Forest Restoration and Fire, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering.


Minimize Deficiencies Before Entering Professional School

Once a student reviews the curriculum for a program of interest it will be evident what undergraduate courses they should complete before applying to the Pro-School. Community college and Degree Partnership Program students should consult our Transfer Guides to determine how their non-OSU credit can be applied.  Depending on a student's background, he or she may need to take or re-take additional undergraduate courses that will satisfy the Pre-Professional curriculum. This is not unusual. Too many deficiencies may keep a student ineligible for acceptance into Pro School until the deficiencies are resolved. In any case, deficiencies may slow a student's progress towards the Pro School curriculum, but once all eligibility requirements are met the student is good to go!


A Reminder for Pro School Entrance Requirements

  • Completed all the  pre-professional course requirements for the degree you are pursuing
  • Received a grade of "C" or better in all pre-professional courses
  • Received a 2.25 minimum grade point average prior to applying to pro school.

NOTE: Students are only admitted into the Pro School for Fall term of each year

Apply for Professional School 2018