Planning and Harvest Scheduling
Forest management combines the principles of ecology, silviculture, mensuration, economics, finance, statistics and operations research in the decision-making process aimed at achieving the goals and objectives of the forest landowner. GIS, forest inventory and assessment, and harvest scheduling methodologies are emphasized. The program in biometrics emphasizes the mathematical, statistical and computer modeling of the growth and yield of trees and forest stands, and the dynamics of forest populations. This research improves understanding of the growth and development of forest populations and communities, and is used by professional foresters in the management of stands and forests. Graduates of the program are usually employed in forest industry and public agencies.
Students lacking an undergraduate degree in forest resource management may be required by their graduate advisory committee to take courses in the subject areas listed below. This requirement applies to candidates for any graduate degree in Forest Management and Biometrics.
- Forest Ecology
- Mapping and Aerial Photo Interpretation
- Forest Mensuration
- Timber Management
- Quantitative Decision Methods
In addition to an oral preliminary examination, PhD candidates must take a written and oral comprehensive examination in the area of Forest Management and Biometrics, and in two of the following five subject areas:
- Forest Biology
- Statistical Theory
- Statistical Methods
- Applied Mathematics/Operations Research
- Quantitative Business Analysis