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Forestry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The Forestry program at the University of Kentucky is designed for students who share our passion for forests, wildlife, and other natural resources, and who wish to learn how to manage them for future generations.
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The Forestry program at the University of Kentucky will prepare you to work with a diversity of landowners, agencies, wildlife, and a wide range of forest industries to help manage the benefits of and threats to forests throughout the region. As a forestry major, you will learn:

  • how a forestry degree is an effective background for managing forests and a wide range of natural resources
  • wildlife and watershed management
  • how to enhance the health and integrity of our forests
  • forest policy and ways to address complex socioeconomic issues involved with practicing forestry
  • fundamental forestry concepts such as dendrology, ecology, silviculture, and forest measurements


Here are a few examples of employers of forestry majors: U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Kentucky Division of Forestry or other state forestry agencies, forest products companies, non-profit organizations, and forestry consulting firms. 

Many forestry graduates continue their education in graduate school. Job opportunities for forestry graduates include:

  • Forester
  • State and federal forester
  • Land Manager
  • Urban Forester
  • Consulting Forester
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Utility Forester
  • Arborist
  • Forest Biologist
  • GIS Specialist
  • County Extension Agent
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Naturalist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forests and Forestry
  • Basics of Geospatial Technology
  • Dendrology
  • Winter Dendrology
  • Forestry and Natural Resource Ethics 
  • Statistics and Measurements 
  • Forest Fire 
  • Forest Products and Wood Science 
  • Forest Resource Policy and Law
  • Communication and Professional

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Admission for freshman applicants is based on a holistic review including high school grades, national college admission test results (if submitted), successful completion of the pre-college curriculum and essay. Some colleges and programs at UK require an admission process separate from general undergraduate admission to the University. These selective admission majors and programs may require some combination of the following:

    • Standardized test scores and/or higher GPAs than those required for general admission, including meeting the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for Reading, Writing and Math.
    • A separate application after being admitted for general admission
    • A portfolio of past work related to the requested field
    • On-campus or video interviews 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12484 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12484 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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