Why Forestry

Forests cover one-third of the land area in the United States

Forest lands provide many important benefits, including recreation, scenic views, timber, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and ecological services. A degree in Forestry prepares you to sustainably manage forest lands.

Receive a broad education with five distinct options

Our program provides for understanding the biological complexities of the forest and the interactions between the forest and social and economic forces. You focus your education taking advanced coursework in forest hydrology, forest production management, forest resource conservation, forest soils, or wildland fire management.

Real experience in the perfect setting

We are located in the perfect place to gain hands-on experience managing forest resources. Private forest lands and state and federal lands, all just minutes from campus, provide you with countless opportunities to gain the kind of experience employers seek.

Watch the below for video for interviews with HSU Forestry students (filmed and edited by HSU Film student)

Unlimited job potential

Our students are in high demand, right from day one. Our graduates qualify for several federal job series (Forester, Soil Scientist, Soil Conservationist, and Hydrologist depending on the program option) and have a wide range of jobs to choose from - both in the public and private sector. Over the next ten year Forestry is estimated to be the fastest growing occupation in California.

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A nationally recognized program with a long tradition

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The Forestry program at Humboldt State is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. At an enrollment of 180-200 undergraduate students, we are one of the largest forestry programs in the United States.

Additional information

For information about the Forestry program's enrollment demographics, graduation rates, job placement rates and California Registered Professional Forester statistics visit Achievement Data.

The following brochure Choose Forestry (PDF) published by the Society of American Foresters describes what foresters do, where they work, and how much they make.

Do you want a better feel for what forestry at Humboldt State is like? See the following presentation (PDF) to learn more about the program, students, clubs, activities, and classes.