Forest Ecosystem Management

Our Forest Ecosystem Management major isn't just about trees. It's about nature and science, environment and research, business and leadership, and conservation and the quality of life.

In our technological society, professional foresters are challenged with managing renewable natural resources and improving the quality of our environment. They are concerned with the availability of clean water for people and industries, timber for construction, pulpwood for paper production, wildlife and parks for recreation, and trees to beautify landscapes.

The Forest Ecosystem Management major at Penn State offers four options. Three of the four—Forest Biology, Forest Management, and Community and Urban Forest Management—are accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The fourth, Watershed Management, qualifies graduates for federal employment as hydrologists and for other water-related careers.

Why major in Forest Ecosystem Management?

You may choose this major if you have:

  • a concern for natural resources and an appreciation of nature
  • an analytical mind to manage complex ecological systems and resolve environmental, economic, and social challenges
  • an aptitude for innovation and strategic thinking

    Career Opportunities for Graduates

    The number of job openings in the agricultural industry annually exceeds the number of available qualified graduates.

    A variety of career choices are available to you:

    • Agroforestry
    • Fire use in natural ecosystems
    • Forest biology and ecology
    • Forest economics and policy analysis
    • Forest growth and yield modeling
    • Forest management
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Hydrology
    • Natural resource consulting
    • Parks and recreation management
    • Research
    • Timber supply and demand analysis
    • Utility forestry
    • Urban greenspace management
    • Watershed management
    • Wildland fire fighting

    Learn More

    Visit the Forest Ecosystem Management Major website for course requirements, opportunities, and more information.

    Contact Information

    Ellen A. Rom
    • Instructor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs and Alumni Relations
    Phone: 814-863-0362