Degree Requirements

To earn a B.S. in Forestry at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, you must complete general degree requirements and fulfill 400 hours of approved work experience. We will help connect you with employers that will allow you to meet this 400-hour work requirement and will add depth to your academic experiences. Explore job opportunities.

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate from the University of Montana. Of these, 39 credits must be upper-division (300-level or higher). A total of 36 traditional letter-graded semester credits are required in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, of which a minimum of 20 credits must be taken while enrolled in an approved major within the college. 

The Forestry degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.


The Forestry curriculum is organized as a core set of courses that includes foundational math and science courses (biology, chemistry, trigonometry, public speaking, economics), foundational natural resource courses (field skills, biometrics, mensuration, dendrology, soils, and geographic information systems), forestry knowledge areas core to the practice of forest land management (forest economics, forest ecology, silviculture, forest products manufacturing, harvesting and roads, watershed hydrology, natural resource policy), and a capstone experience that pulls together all of these topic areas into a single planning exercise within a service learning project. 

In addition to the core Forestry courses, all Forestry students are required to from a suite of professional electives. These are detailed in the 4-year plan and allow you to customize your degree based on your intended career path and interests. 

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The four-year plan document describes all core requirements on the first page. The second page lists the professional electives and UM general education requirements. It is this advising sheet (commonly referred to as the “green sheet”) that you will use when you meet with a Forestry advisor and when scheduling courses to ensure you remain on track to earn your degree.