Online Courses in Forestry
The list below is a sample of some of the forestry courses offered online by colleges and universities.
- Forestry Ethics Course: Instructors often lead students in online discussions about the differences between ethics, values and morals and how these topics relate to forestry. Students study how decisions are made in regard to land conservation, water resource issues and soil erosion.
- Management and Science of Watershed Course: Students study the importance of water to the earth in this course. They may also discuss the water cycle and all the different methods of water distribution on the planet in online discussion boards or chat forums. Instructors may also focus on the preservation of water and how current water issues affect modern forestry.
- Fire Ecology and Management Course: Fire ecology and management can be taken at an undergraduate or graduate level. There are even certificate programs available for this specific topic. In this course, students learn about the role that fire plays on earth and what it does to forests and natural resources. Students often turn in papers or projects via e-mail that focus on forest and wildlife restoration after fires.
- Wildlife Management Course: Wildlife management is sometimes offered in species-specific sections, such as fowl management, fish management, small mammal management or predator management. In this course, students may participate in online discussions about the characteristics of different wildlife species and their affect on their habitats.
- Ecological Restoration Course: This course is generally taken towards the middle or end of a student's forestry program. Students discuss common factors that threaten the earth's natural resources and ecology. Instructors may assign online activities that allow students to come up with problem-solving ideas and techniques for ecological restoration.
- Natural Resource Policy and Economics Course: This course examines government policy as it pertains to the country's natural resources and the environment. The student will learn about policies currently in place, how to assess the effectiveness of current administrative procedures and the process for implementing new policies.
- Introduction to Forestry Course: In this course, the basics of forestry will be covered including tree biology and the ecology of forests. Additional topics include how to identify trees, harvesting forests and forest protection.
- Tropical Forest Restoration Course: This course will teach students about tropical regions and how the restorations of their forests are influenced by society and politics. Specific topics include the biological aspects of restoration and the various methods of tropical forest restoration.
Some of the online programs related to forestry offer specializations or concentrations in fire ecology, wildlife and forestry conservation, restoration ecology, environmental water science, environmental contamination assessment and resource interpretation. Courses are offered via individual courses, undergraduate and graduate certificates, and bachelor's and master's degree programs. Graduates can seek careers as forestry technicians, forestry assistants or foresters.
Online forestry courses are available through standalone courses, undergraduate and graduate courses, and bachelor's and master's degrees. Study topics include forest restoration, natural resource policies and wildlife management.