Forestry (FORS)

Forest Resource Management is designed to both educate and train professionals to manage forests and conduct forest research. Whether the primary goal of forest management is timber, water, wildlife, or recreation, students graduating from this option will be well-equipped to provide the forest values which society demands. The educational program in Forest Resource Management option of the Forestry curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in Forestry is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry education in the United States.

Why Us?

Are you interested in the environment, in making a difference in conserving our forests and the benefits they provide? Consider a career in forestry, the science, art, and practice of managing forests. One-third of the U.S. land area is covered by forests. The products and services from forests, and the scenic beauty that they provide, have contributed to the well-being of the American people for hundreds of years. Foresters care for the trees, land, water, and wildlife, which all depend upon sustainable management of forests. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management provides advanced educational opportunities for developing leaders in the management, conservation, and restoration of the world's diverse forests. Whether you pursue a career that takes you to the classroom or boardroom or outdoors, a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry will equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to make a difference!

Putting Your Degree to Work


Here are just some of the many rewarding career options for forestry majors:

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Forester
  • Forest products marketer
  • Forestry consultant
  • International trader
  • Land conservation manager
  • Park manager
  • Research technician
  • Timberland and real estate investment manager
  • Tree care manager
  • Urban forester
  • Watershed manager
  • Wildfire fighting and operations manager
  • Wood and paper products manufacturer

From Those Who Know


"The courses I have taken in this major left me with an understanding of how important this profession is in so many aspects of our world today and how there are many rewarding careers available that allow me to find my dream job." - Erin Thomas, Class of 2010

"The quality of the coursework required along with the prestige of the university enhanced my marketability upon graduation as a forestry major in the ESSM department. Easy access to faculty really helps prepare students for interfacing with members of the professional community." - Adam Ray Jarrett, Class of 2005


Multiple scholarships have been established for incoming freshmen, current students, and transfers. See the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Web site for "Financial Aid / Scholarships." This site also links to the Texas A&M Department of Student Financial Aid. In addition, the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management annually awards scholarships of more than $120,000. One easy on-line application form is sent each year to all students to encourage them to apply for departmental scholarships. Contact us for more information.


WE'RE ECO-LOGICAL because exciting career opportunities are open for those in forestry and related environmental fields. Foresters manage forests for timber, water, endangered species protection, and recreation, and consult with private landowners on the best practices to sustain healthy growing trees and forests. Foresters have rewarding careers as consultants, environmental scientists, and managers in private industry as well as local, state, and federal agencies, including the US Forest Service and US Geological Survey. Men and women with forestry degrees teach in high schools and community colleges, direct nature centers and parks, and plan green space preservation in urban environments. They work as timberland investment fund managers and environmental policy analysts. Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from Texas A&M University prepares you to pursue these careers and many more!