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Forestry and Forest Ecology (B.Sc.)

More than forests and trees: Thanks to courses in natural sciences, engineering, information technology, economics, law and politics, this degree programme offers broad scientific knowledge with a practical connection to the forest and timber. Amongst other things, it will be explained why there are actually forest inventories, how maps are created on computers and why it is better not to build garden furniture from poplar wood. The degree programme will qualify the student for occupations concerning the forest and nature or for a continuing Master's degree programme.

Subject: Forestry and Forest Ecology (B.Sc.)
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: winter semester only
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Services)

Course description
The Bachelor programme mediates the necessary basics for protecting and sustainably managing forests.

This programme offers you a wide range of subjects. Courses in natural sciences, information technology, economics, engineering, law and political sciences impart a broad scientific knowledge with a practical connection to forest and timber. Students are confronted with most recent findings from science and gain expertise in forest ecosystems, sustainable use of forest resources and the conservation of forests habitats against the background of different influences such as environmental factors and human utilization.
Students will gain an understanding of how forests influence climate and global warming, how forest utilisation can contribute to nature conservation. Knowledge is imparted on which potentials are linked to timber resources and how wolf, lynx and other species can be reintroduced to the native wildlife of Germany.

Content and structure of the programme
The Bachelor programme of forestry and forest ecology offers you a varied functional training and qualifies you for a professional dedication towards forest and nature as well as for a subsequent Master study.
The subjects in detail are:

Natural science basics: botany, physics, chemistry, mathematics, bioclimatology, eco-pedology, Wildlife biology, zoology and forest genetics
Social science basics: business and national economics, forest law and forest policy

Technical subjects: silviculture, forest ecology, nature conservation, forest inventory and planning, wood biology and technology, forest exploitation, theory of wood markets, forest protection

Methodological basics: biometry, statistics, informatics, techniques of presentation

Students can adapt the study programme to their own interests and needs by choosing specific elective modules. They will benefit from the broad range of courses offered by the Faculty of Forest Sciences, and other faculties of the university. There is wide choice of modules concerning key competences to develop and further soft skills important for the professional career. Specific modules are: languages skills, communication and team work, consultancy and leadership skills as well as time and project management.

Excursions and exercises outside in the forest are included to impart a practical approach within the programme. Lessons take place in small groups to intensify the learning process and exchange with professors and fellow students.

The length of study is 6 semesters. The bachelor’s examination consists of course-related examinations, an honours thesis and a 3 month internship at a forest enterprise.

Professional opportunities
The occupational image of forestry is not restricted to a conventional career as a forester. The knowledge of forestry scientists is also in demand within the area of nature conservation, with consultancy and planning offices (p. ex. GIS- and IT-services), in the field of wood industry and trade, at universities and in research institutes as well as in international organizations and in development cooperation.