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My Michigan Tech: Elle Barton

Elle Barton, an undergraduate forestry major, talks about why she chose forestry and Michigan Tech. The short answer? She gets to be outside with professors that not only teach but care.

Cruise a timber stand. Join the 80-acre club.

Others schools own forests. But ours is right out the back door. Our forestry and master of forestry programs are SAF accredited. Employers look for it. 

Forestry is the art and science of managing forest resources. You’ll learn to develop management plans and options for forested landscapes and implement them to meet society’s needs while maintaining ecosystem integrity and find a career with the US Forest Service, state divisions of forestry, and the forest industry, including forestry and environmental consulting firms.

Study soil science, biometrics, hydrology, and silviculture. Identify native tree species. Mark and harvest timber. Get involved in research right away—and get paid for it.

Crazy Smart Experiences:

  • Participating in a 14-week field semester in our 4,609 acres of research forest
  • Developing a forest management plan for a local school forest
  • Using state-of-the-art equipment and technology for lab assignments, research, and projects
  • Working alongside faculty through the Earn and Learn Assistantship, offered to all accepted School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science students
  • Studying in one of the largest contiguous forested areas in the eastern United States, where your classroom is literally out your back door

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Forestry
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Park Ranging
  • Ecology

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Natural resources and environmental consulting firms
"Through setting up timber harvests, running chainsaws, tapping trees for maple syrup, riding in the cab of harvesters, and working with other students, I have grown both as an individual and a natural resources professional."Tilly Behrmann, 2017

Customize your Degree:

Minors available in:

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Ecology

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take Courses Like:

  • Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resource Management
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Tree Physiology
  • Wetlands
  • Timber Harvesting

Learn more about forestry at Michigan Tech!