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Forests are an important natural resource and we as human beings depend on them for our survival. They provide a habitat for animals, livelihood for human beings, prevent soil erosion and regulate the global climate. Hence, it is very vital for us to conserve and manage them. As a subject Forestry is the science of planting, maintaining, and conserving forests, woodlands, and their related resources. Pursuing a program in Forestry gives students the knowledge and skills required to manage forests, new and old plantations, and their related resources. The study aims at creating and implementing systems required to ensure the continuation of forest supplies and to make sure that they do not become extinct.

Students studying Forestry receive theoretical as well as practical knowledge regarding forestry and studies related to it. There are certain qualities that a candidate interested in studying forestry must possess and these include a spirit of adventure, enthusiasm, and adaptability to a new environment. They should also be interested in global concerns and assess the steps required to improve the environment. Forestry is multi-disciplinary and is linked to other subjects like biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Its focus is not just on trees but it also gives equal importance to soil health, climate, and the entire ecosystem. The study of Forestry is included in industries like agriculture, supply chains, water management, wildlife preservation, and conservation of natural resources.


Study levels

Candidates who are interested in pursuing a degree in Forestry must have completed their 12th in a science stream covering subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Students can opt for the following courses in the study of forestry:

B.Sc in Forestry
Bachelor Degree in Forest and Natural Environment Engineering
Bachelor in Wood and Digital Transition of Production
B.Sc in Forest Management
Bachelor of Engineer Forestry
Bachelor in Environmental and Forest Sciences
Bachelor in Forest Science
M.Sc in Forestry
Master in European Forestry
Master Degree in Forestry Engineering
Master in Forest Sciences
Master in Plant and Forest Biotechnology
Master in Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems
Master in Management of Forest Resources
M.Sc in Agroforestry
M.Sc in Tree Improvements
Besides the above mentioned courses, various certificate and diploma courses in Forestry are also available, including:

Certificate Course in Wildlife Management
Diploma in Zoo and Wild Animal Health Cure and Management
Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management
Post Master’s Diploma in Non-Wood Forest Products
Upon completion of their Masters's Degree, students can choose to study further to complete their Ph.D. and research in Forestry.


Candidates pursuing a degree in Forestry have a number of specializations options to choose from. This not only gives them a more in-depth understanding of the subject but also helps them look at different career options.

Throwing Caps

The areas that they can specialize in include:

Forest Economics
Forest Management
Commercial Forestry
Wildlife Science
Watershed Management
Forest Genetic Resources
Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Technology.
Forest Biology

Forest Ecosystem Decision Making
Wood Properties and Identification
Wood Science and Technology
Urban and Community Forestry
Forest Insects and Diseases
Ecosystem Management
Forest Biometry
Plant Physiology
Tree Genetics and Breeding



A lot of career opportunities are available in the field of Forestry both in the public and private sectors. Job roles that graduates in Forestry can take up include:


    Forest Range Officer
    Forestry Technicians
    Forest Officer
    Natural Resource Technician
    Foresters Silviculturist


    Teacher or Lecturer
    Audit Officer-Forestry
    Land Conservation Specialist
    Consulting Forester
    Environmental Biologist
    Wetlands Specialist
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