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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forest Operations Science

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all required courses having the following course designators: FES, FSC, FTY, PRT, and WSC.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.

Contact Information: William H. Livingston, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, 201b Nutting Hall, 581-2990, WilliamL@maine.edu

The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Forest Operations Science (FSC) at the University of Maine extends the basic forestry training to include analysis of harvesting operations as well as forest resources utilization through a series of focused courses. Those courses focus on forest harvesting equipment, delivery systems and uses in sawmills, pulp and paper manufacturing, and energy generation using biomass and composite materials. The program covers the broad range from the basics of forest resource management through all of the major aspects of utilization. The efficient and environmentally acceptable growth, management, extraction, and transportation of timber for the manufacture of forest products are a major challenge to one of the region’s most important industries. The FSC program has been designed to address this challenge by combining course work, field work and faculty expertise in forest ecology, forest management and wood science, along with an emphasis in business administration and entrepreneurship. The Forest Operations Science program is accredited by both the Society of American Foresters and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. It is the only program of its type in the United States to be accredited by both professional organizations.

The program aims to develop individuals (a) with the knowledge and abilities to better manage timber resources and forest operations in an environment of increasing public scrutiny and environmental concern; (b) with an understanding of the processes and challenges related to the efficient and environmentally acceptable harvest and primary processing of timber resources; and (c) with an appreciation for the local, regional, and global competition for forest product raw materials and markets. Graduates of the program will develop critical and analytical knowledge and skills related to the efficient, safe, and environmentally compatible conduct and management of forest operations, as well as a thorough understanding of the timber growth and production cycle from the forest through the mill to the customer.

Recognizing the significance of the forest products industries to society, as well as the opportunities for professional employment of highly trained and broadly educated college graduates, the FSC program is designed to provide students with relevant and marketable knowledge and proficiencies in subject areas essential to the conduct of forest operations from the forest to the fine product. These include forest ecology and silviculture, timber harvest planning and administration; forest road planning and construction; timber appraisal and acquisition; and forest management, wood science, forest engineering, and introductory business administration in the overall context of a broad education in the liberal arts. The result is a program addressing the science, management, business, and processing of timber resources.

Graduates of the FSC program are prepared for careers in industrial and consulting forestry, as well as in the administration and supervision of wood processing facilities. Specific career areas include: forest land management; wood appraisal and procurement; forest road planning and design; harvest planning and administration; and mill supervision and wood products marketing. Opportunities also exist for graduate education at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels in the areas of forest operations, wood science, and forest management.

This program is part of the School of Forest Resources which has the largest scholarship endowment fund on campus.  These funds are available to help support academic studies in Forest Resources and some exclusive scholarships are available for students in the Forest Operations Science program.

Suggested curriculum for the B.S. in Forest Operations Science

First Year - Second Semester

First Year - May Term

Third Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

  • Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1
  • Technical or Business Elective - Credits: 6

    Any student who receives a semester GPA of less than 2.0 or receives a Conduct Violation must meet with the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, School of Forest Resources, during the first week of the following semester to formulate an agreement on what the student will do to improve his/her record. The agreement may require passing a 1 credit course on academic recovery. The student must also meet with his/her academic advisor to review the course schedule for the coming semester. Failure to meet these expectations may result in the student being dismissed from the program.


    Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all required courses having the following course designators: FES, FSC, FTY, PRT, and WSC.

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