The Business and Forestry program mission is to prepare students who will manage and start forestry businesses and wood manufacturing companies. These graduates are expected to apply business analysis, personnel management, business management and accounting and finance principles to a company within the forestry industry.
A graduate of this program will:
- Be knowledgeable of the woody plants of North America with emphasis on identification characteristics, natural range, growth characteristics and ecological factors affecting growth such as light, temperature, moisture and soils, affecting their structure.
- Learn the classification of diseases and insect pests of crops, ornamental, and tree species.
- Gain a knowledge of basic statistics applied to forest measurements and sampling design, volume table construction, timber cruising, growth prediction, and technical report writing.
- Become familiar with converting standing timber to wood products, processing methods marketing, wood identification and lumber grading.
- Study harvesting systems, harvest planning, log road planning and management methods.
- Become familiar with site preparation, tree planting, pruning timber, stand improvement practices and regeneration harvest cuts to improve various forest cover types for the benefit of forest landowners and persons that use forest land for wildlife, recreation, water, forage, and timber resources.
- Be able to utilize the scientific method, experimental design, and data collection to present results of research.
- Be able to apply basic accounting transactions to the natural resource organizations.
- Be able to apply marketing and management concepts to basic business scenarios in natural resource businesses.
- Evaluate economic, political and social concepts impacting sustainable development and the use of natural resources.