Forest Fire Science is the study of fire as an ecological process and its application as a forest management tool. Students learn how to control wildfires and how prescribed fires can enhance habitat, prepare seedbeds, control forest insects and disease, and reduce fuel hazards. The curriculum combines courses in fire science, forest biology, natural resource management, and the physical sciences to build skills for a career or graduate study in fire science.

Effective Spring 2016

Freshman
AUCCCredits
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A4
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
MATH 1411Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B3
NR 193FRS First Year Seminar 1
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)3A3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 28
Sophomore
 
ATS 350Introduction to Weather and Climate 2
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
F 310/RS 310Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography 3
F 312Dendrology Lab 1
LIFE 320Ecology 3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical Methods 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 28
Summer 
F 230Forestry Field Measurements 2
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements 5
 Total Credits 7
Junior
 
BSPM 365Integrated Tree Health Management 4
CO 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)23
F 311Forest Ecology 3
F 321Forest Biometry 3
F 322Economics of the Forest Environment 3
F 324Fire Effects and Adaptations 3
F 325Silviculture 3
F 330Timber Harvesting and the Environment 3
NR 319Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources 4
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy3D3
 Total Credits 32
Senior
 
F 326Wildland Fire Behavior and Management 3
F 421Forest Stand Management4A,4C4
F 422Quantitative Methods in Forest Management 3
F 425Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior and Management 3
GR 304/WR 304Sustainable Watersheds3A3
NR 425Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability4B3
NR 444Fire Economics and Policy 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 25
 Program Total Credits: 120

At least 200 hours of acceptable professional work experience in the student's field prior to graduation is highly recommended.  This can include summer/seasonal/school semester employment in natural resource management through paid summer jobs, an approved internship, volunteer positions, or work study experience.  Acceptable work experience includes (but is not limited to) working for federal, state, non-governmental, private, and university organizations that research or manage natural resources, or are responsible for public policy or public relations related to natural resources. 

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Students considering graduate study in forest fire science should substitute MATH 155-MATH 255 or MATH 160-MATH 161 for MATH 141.

 Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
At least 200 hours of acceptable professional work experience in the student's field prior to graduation is highly recommended.  This can include summer/seasonal/school semester employment in natural resource management through paid summer jobs, an approved internship, volunteer positions, or work study experience.  Acceptable work experience includes (but is not limited to) working for federal, state, non-governmental, private, and university organizations that research or manage natural resources, or are responsible for public policy or public relations related to natural resources. Students considering graduate school in Forest Fire Science should substitute MATH 155 / MATH 255 or MATH 160 / MATH 161 (with proper prerequisites) for MATH 141

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A4
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
NR 193FRS First Year Seminar   1
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)  3A3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Electives   3
 Total Credits   14
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ATS 350Introduction to Weather and Climate   2
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
LIFE 320EcologyX  3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 310Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography   3
F 312Dendrology Lab   1
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical MethodsX  3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 230Forestry Field MeasurementsX  2
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and MeasurementsX  5
 Total Credits   7
Junior
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BSPM 365Integrated Tree Health Management   4
CO 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  23
F 311Forest EcologyX  3
F 321Forest BiometryX  3
NR 319Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources   4
 Total Credits   17
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 322Economics of the Forest EnvironmentX  3
F 324Fire Effects and Adaptations   3
F 325SilvicultureX  3
F 330Timber Harvesting and the Environment   3
NR 320Natural Resources History and PolicyX 3D3
Professional Work Experience X 0
It is highly recommended that you complete 200 hours of professional work experience in your field of study prior to your final year. X  
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 326Wildland Fire Behavior and ManagementX  3
F 421Forest Stand ManagementX 4A,4C4
F 422Quantitative Methods in Forest ManagementX  3
GR 304/WR 304Sustainable Watersheds X3A3
NR 319 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   13
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 425Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior and ManagementX  3
NR 425Natural Resource Policy and SustainabilityX 4B3
NR 444Fire Economics and PolicyX  3
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120