THE DANIEL B. WARNELL SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCESForest Resources Building, (706)542-2686
Homepage URL: http://www.uga.edu/wsfr/
Michael L. Clutter, Ph.D., Dean
David H. Newman, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
James Sweeney, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Service
The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources was established in 1906 through the vision and generosity of George Foster Peabody. It is the oldest such institution in the southern United States. In 1991 the School was dedicated in honor of the late Daniel B. Warnell, a prominent banker, landowner, and state legislator who made major contributions to rural development, public education, and conservation of forest resources.
The educational, research, and service programs in the School address the use and management of all forest resources.
The forested lands of the southeastern United States form a large, diverse, and productive ecosystem, furnishing numerous goods and services vital to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. They yield wood which is utilized in the manufacture of myriad products and is a key fuel in the region's economic engine. They provide habitat for game and non-game animals and for endangered plant associations. They serve as living filters for aquatic and atmospheric systems, and are places for outdoor recreation, solitude, and reflection.
As society's awareness of the multifarious benefits contributed by forest continues to grow, the demands placed on forest lands have steadily multiplied, making their management more complex and important than at any time in history. A diverse cadre of professionals who understand how forest systems function and how they can be regulated to achieve desired objectives is required to meet this challenge. The School's educational mission is to prepare the resource managers, staff specialists, and research scientists who fill these positions and who will provide leadership in responsible forest land stewardship.
The School's undergraduate majors provide a holistic perspective on forest resources management, and offer concentrated study in each of the resources that comprise the forest ecosystem. The curriculum emphasizes the biological and physical science knowledge base that supports prudent management, the economic, social science, and quantitative skills necessary for rational analysis of management alternatives, and the communication and interpersonal skills required for professional effectiveness. Majors emphasize the timber, wildlife, fisheries, and soil and water resources.
The Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is located in a complex of four buildings on south campus. The School manages almost 25,000 acres of forest land including the 800-acre Whitehall Forest, located four miles from the main campus. This forest serves as a field laboratory for instruction and research. Facilities included on this forest are experimental fish ponds, a wildlife and fisheries laboratory, a tree nursery, and a wood utilization and plant sciences building.
Other major forest areas managed by the School include: 1) the Oconee Forest Park, a recreation and teaching forest located at the edge of the main campus; 2) the B.F. Grant Memorial Forest, a parcel comprising 13,000 acres of Putnam County, used primarily for research and demonstration; 3) the Thompson Mills Forest, which is also Georgia's official arboretum; and 4) the 1,500-acre Satilla River Forest, devoted to wildlife and fisheries research. In addition, the School operates the Cohutta Fisheries Research and Extension Center, which is located in northern Georgia about 150 miles from Athens. The School also manages a number of properties that were given to the University of Georgia Foundation as gifts to the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. These include the 2000-acre Warnell Memorial Forest outside of Savannah and the 2500-acre Wheatley Property on Lake Blackshear in southwestern Georgia.
Forest Resources students attending the University of Georgia are advised by faculty and staff of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Students attending other institutions who plan to enter one of the four forest resources majors at the University of Georgia should contact the Office of the Associate Dean, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, for guidance in program planning and course selection.
Selection of appropriate courses to meet degree requirements is the responsibility of the student. Assistance is available through printed material and the School's academic advising program. Students should arrange semesterly appointments with their advisors for planning programs of study and course selection. Students should pay particular attention to listed course prerequisites when selecting and scheduling classes in the School. Prerequisites are enforced by the OASIS registration system and permission of the advisor and the course instructor is required to override stated prerequisites for all courses in the School.
The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources offers the professional undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources (B.S.F.R.) with majors in Forestry, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Forest Environmental Resources. These majors are described in the Programs of Study section of this Bulletin.
Through the Graduate School, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources offers programs of study leading to the Master of Forest Resources, the Master of Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Persons interested in these programs should contact the Graduate Coordinator of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources or refer to the Graduate Bulletin of the University.
The undergraduate majors in Forestry, Wildlife, and Forest Environmental Resources are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is the specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for forestry in the United States. Additionally, the Wildlife major fulfills the educational requirements for certification as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society. Likewise, the curriculum of the Fisheries and Aquaculture major meets the education requirements for Professional Certification by the American Fisheries Society.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FOREST RESOURCES DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
To obtain the B.S.F.R. degree, students must successfully complete 60 credits in the pre-Professional Program and 62-65 credits in the Professional Program (depending on major). In addition, students must meet the University’s basic physical education and residency requirements. Students will typically spend four semesters in residence in the Professional Program.
The pre-Professional curriculum meets the University Core Curriculum requirements. It may be completed at the University of Georgia or at other institutions. Students taking the pre-Professional course work at another institution should contact the Office of the Associate Dean, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, for assistance in planning their programs of study and for confirmation of transfer credit. See the University of Georgia Core Curriculum.
The Professional curriculum consists of 62-65 credits of which 29 are common to all four majors. The courses common to all majors include study in field measures, ecology, soils and hydrology, fish and wildlife management, biometrics, forest resources management and policy. All students will complete a fourth-year project or thesis that integrates previous course work.
Forestry majors may choose one of seven Areas of Emphasis: Forest Management, Forest Business, Forest Biology, Forest Recreation, Forest Policy and Administration, Urban Forestry, and Wood Products. Students majoring in Forest Environmental Resources choose one of three Areas of Emphasis: Soil Management, Water Resources, and Environmental Resource Assessment. The Wildlife and Fisheries and Aquaculture majors have no Areas of Emphasis.
A complete listing of required courses in each major can be found in the Programs of Study section of this Bulletin.
Admission to the pre-Professional Program is handled through the University of Georgia Undergraduate Admissions Office. On the UGA application, indicate "Forest Resources" as the school or college in which you plan to enroll and choose Pre-Forest Resources as your major.
To be admitted to the Professional Program, students must first be admitted to the University through the University Admissions Office. Then they must be admitted to the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources through a separate application procedure. Application forms for admission to the Warnell School are available from the Office of the Associate Dean.
Students may apply for entry to the Professional Program in fall or spring semester. A maximum of 60 students will be admitted each semester. Applications for fall semester admission are due March 1. Applications for spring semester admission are due October 1. Note that these deadlines may be earlier than University of Georgia application deadlines.
Eligibility for Admission to the Professional Program
At the time of matriculation in the Professional Program, students must have completed the pre-Professional curriculum, except that up to 8 credits of electives (and/or SPCM 1100) may be deferred if an equal number of credits have been completed from the following courses: FORS 3010-3010L, FORS 3020-3020L, FORS 3300, and CRSS(FORS) 3060-3060L.
Student Services and Programs
- Students who meet the above eligibility requirements and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher will be admitted immediately into the Professional Program.
- Students who meet the above requirements and have an overall GPA greater than or equal to 2.5 and less than 3.0 will be admitted into the Professional Program subject to enrollment limitations.
- Students who meet the above requirement and have an overall GPA less than 2.5 may be admitted if openings are available and if they provide satisfactory evidence that they can perform academically at the level expected of students in the Professional Program. Students should submit a statement explaining their academic performance and efforts to improve it.
- Students who have not completed the required course work will be deferred until requirements are met. Students who are deferred or denied admission may appeal the decision to the Associate Dean by written petition.
In addition to the financial assistance offered through the University's Office of Student Financial Aid, a number of scholarships and awards are available specifically for undergraduate students in forest resources. These awards total about $80,000 annually, and are made possible by donations from forest-related industries and organizations, and from alumni and other interested individuals. Selection for these scholarships is based on academic achievement, leadership ability, and financial need. To be considered for most scholarships, students must have a resume on file in the Office of Undergraduate Programs. A few scholarships require a separate application form.
INTERNSHIPS AND COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
An active internship program gives students the opportunity to supplement their classroom studies with practical experience in forest resource management. Students may work with private companies, landowners, conservation organizations, and federal and state agencies.
We also offer a Cooperative Education Program with federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Students may alternate semesters of off-campus work with semesters of on-campus study. Although we make every effort to facilitate cooperative education, the arrangement for such programs is usually left to student initiative.
Participation in School-related extracurricular activities is a tradition among students in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The Forestry Club, open to all Professional and pre-Professional students, serves a variety of social, service, and professional development functions. Four professional societies, the Society of American Foresters, the Wildlife Society, the American Fisheries Society, and the American Water Resources Association, sponsor student chapters, which are open to professional and pre-professional students. These organizations foster professional development and the opportunity to practice leadership skills. Students who excel scholastically may qualify for election to membership in Xi Sigma Pi, the forestry honor society.
Courses of Instruction
Courses for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are listed under the following prefix: