The Forest Fire Science concentration in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship major provides forestry education that spans the entire range of experiences necessary to understand and manage forests. Curricula include a background in the biological, physical, social, and management sciences, followed by professional forestry courses. More specifically, this concentration 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.

Effective Fall 2022

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
F 101Intro to Forest and Rangeland Stewardship 1
MATH 1411Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B3
NR 193FRS First Semester Seminar 1
PH 110Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)3A3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 29
ATS 350Introduction to Weather and Climate 2
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
F 209Introduction to Forest and Rangeland Ecology 3
F 310/RS 310Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography 3
F 312Dendrology 2
RS 300Rangeland Conservation and Stewardship 3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
STAT 301Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
 Total Credits 29
F 230Forestry Field Measurements 2
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements 5
 Total Credits 7
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 1
F 335Applications of Silviculture 1
NR 319Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources 4
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy 3
 Total Credits 31
F 326Wildland Fire Behavior and Management 3
F 421Ecological Forest Management4A,4C3
F 422Quantitative Methods in Forest Management 3
F 425Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior and Management 3
GR 204/WR 204Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)3A3
NR 425Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability4B3
NR 444Fire Economics and Policy 3
Elective2 3
 Total Credits 24
 Program Total Credits: 120

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


Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

 Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
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

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A4
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
F 101Intro to Forest and Rangeland Stewardship   1
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
NR 193FRS First Semester Seminar   1
PH 110Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)  3A3
 Total Credits   15
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
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ATS 350Introduction to Weather and Climate   2
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
F 209Introduction to Forest and Rangeland EcologyX  3
RS 300Rangeland Conservation and Stewardship   3
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionX 1C3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 310/RS 310Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography   3
F 312Dendrology   2
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
STAT 301Introduction to Applied Statistical MethodsX  3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 230Forestry Field MeasurementsX  2
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and MeasurementsX  5
 Total Credits   7
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   1
F 335Applications of Silviculture   1
NR 320Natural Resources History and PolicyX  3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
F 326Wildland Fire Behavior and ManagementX  3
F 421Ecological Forest ManagementX 4A,4C3
F 422Quantitative Methods in Forest ManagementX  3
GR 204/WR 204Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2) X3A3
NR 319 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   12
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