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West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia ,United States

Bachelor of Science in Forestry in Forest Resources Management

The Forest Resources Management (FRM) curriculum is a blend of scientific, technical and managerial knowledge professionals need to have in order to manage public or private forest resources. Our students have ample opportunity to gain first-hand field experience through the five-week summer field practice, along with field laboratories associated with many of the courses in the curriculum.

FRM majors learn to:

  • Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational and conservation purposes.
  • Inventory amount and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase and draw up contracts for procurement.
  • Conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations.
  • Devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth and determine optimal harvesting schedules.
  • Manage trees in the urban forest.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Our program has a very high job placement into industry and research programs. Upon graduation, students take professional positions as procurement foresters, timber buyers in the forest products industry, forest managers for private forestry consulting companies and landowners, as well as with state and federal land management agencies. Managerial work includes planning timber crop rotations; evaluating the economics of alternative forest management plans; and planning for integration of forest land for recreation, timber, watershed, wildlife and environmental protection. With experience and proven performance in these activities, professional foresters often advance to executive management positions in public forestry agencies or forest products industries.

In recent years a good number of our graduates have gone to work in the arboriculture profession, working with local and national tree care companies. While many graduates move on to work within the region, faculty utilize their alumni and industry contacts to assist students to locate job opportunities throughout the country.

Students who elect to continue for graduate studies often conduct research dealing with hydrology, silviculture, arboriculture, forest measurement and forest ecology both at WVU and with our colleagues at universities throughout the U.S.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied) 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. Please review the program requirements. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.
  • WVU welcomes applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration. We require a minimum of five subject passes, of which two must be English and Mathematics. The average of the grades must be at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). A passing grade in the subject of English will be accepted as evidence of sufficient English ability.


  • Must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, must also meet freshman admission standards and submit secondary school/high school transcripts. 
  • Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements; .
  • Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from regionally accredited U.S. institutions..

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