Doctoral Degrees

A doctorate program is advanced training that prepares individuals for scientific and scholarly careers studying the fundamental questions involved in natural resource ecosystems and management situations in social and ethical contexts.

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science offers graduate programs leading to two doctor of philosophy degrees.

PhD in Forest Science

The PhD in Forest Science is intended to be a research degree where the candidate demonstrates advanced ability in course work and innovative research work related to forest sciences in the areas of forest ecology, soils, silviculture, tree improvement, forest wildlife ecology and management, economics, inventory, geographic information systems, growth and yield, wood science and forest biology. It is awarded in recognition of demonstrated mastery of subject matter in forest science and demonstrated competency by individual research investigations that represent a significant contribution to the cumulative knowledge of this field.

PhD in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

The PhD in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology is intended to be a research degree where the candidate demonstrates advanced ability in course work and innovative research work related to molecular genetics of a forest species and/or application of that knowledge to the development of industrial products and processes. It is awarded in recognition of demonstrated mastery of subject matter in molecular genetics and demonstrated competency by individual research investigations that represent a significant contribution to the cumulative knowledge of this field.


Please contact our graduate faculty members to discuss the potential research topics and funding availability.