Forestry (FORS)

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management provides one of the most advanced educational opportunities available for developing leaders in the management, conservation and restoration of the world’s diverse forests. Students seeking to study forestry in this department are interested in solving problems related to protecting forest biodiversity, providing wood, water, recreation and wildlife for a growing society, and contributing to the advancement of knowledge about forests. Resolving today’s forest management issues requires a broad education in the biological, physical and social sciences, a solid understanding of the methods used to integrate information from many fields and to solve problems, and an in-depth knowledge of the sophisticated tools and techniques that are an essential part of modern forestry. Curriculum in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management incorporates these ideas so that motivated and capable students can become competent forest and resource management professionals and scientists.

Forests cover one-third of the land area of the United States. The products and services derived from forests, and the scenic beauty they provide, have contributed to the well-being of the American people since the founding of this country. These benefits range from lumber and paper to recreation and biological diversity. Forests also are renewable. Under proper stewardship, they yield products and biodiversity indefinitely. Proper management of forests, which is the responsibility of the professional forester, results in healthy, productive forests that are capable of serving human needs and providing a quality environment in rural or urban settings.

The primary objective of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management is to educate students in the scientific management of forest resources. Students select a course of study best suited to their educational and career goals. Students also receive help from faculty advisors in their areas of interest. The total number of credit hours required for a degree is 120.

Texas A&M University Forestry Graduate Job Placement

Our graduates are in increasing demand. Students are recruited by the Texas A&M Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, other government agencies and many large and small private companies. Recent graduates have taken positions such as Forester, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist, Harvesting Specialist, and Arborist.  Several are now moving into leadership roles.  We have had an increase in the number of students graduating with double majors including Forestry and Renewable Natural Resources, Ecological Restoration, or Spatial Sciences, thereby increasing career opportunities.

Contact us:

Ann Pool
Senior Academic Advisor
(979) 845-0122

 Program Leader

Dr. Carol A. Loopstra

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Contact Us

We have moved! After a restructuring that occurred in January 2020, our department and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences disbanded. From the restructuring, two new departments were formed. Visit the new departmental sites for up-to-date information. 

Learn More:
Ecology and Conservation Biology
Rangeland Wildlife and Fisheries Management

Advising for ESSM:
Advising for students in the legacy ESSM programs is now situated under AGLS Advising Center 7

Undergraduate Advising | Ann Pool
Graduate Advising | Amanda Ray

Department Resources

College of Ag and Life Sciences

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