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BS in Forestry in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) is a four-year degree program that helps students gain a thorough understanding of the forest ecosystem and how it can be properly conserved and managed. The course combines ecology, biology, economics, and social science to educate students on how to manage forest ecosystems and apply knowledge of forestry science to help solve natural resource, environmental and energy problems. The BS in Forestry program teaches students essential skills in the development of management plans and options for forested landscapes and implementing them while maintaining ecosystem integrity.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Forestry are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. They will learn relevant topics that will be useful in their college life.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Forest Ecology
  • Morphology
  • Taxonomy and Dendrology
  • Forest Wildlife and Biodiversity
  • Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement
  • Geology and Forest Soils
  • Forest Health
  • Tree Physiology
  • Introduction to Forestry
  • Forest Surveying and Engineering
  • Forestry Statistics and Measurements
  • Forest Management

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.


Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture


Program Outcome

Graduates of Forestry are expected to be able to:

  • Manage forest resources using proper technologies
  • Interpret geospatial methods in natural resources
  • Apply forest policies and regulations accordingly
  • Develop plans and programs for an integrated forest management
  • Conduct research and methodologies related to forestry
  • Implement appropriate conservation and preservation strategies

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), private tree farms, forest nurseries, or other related agencies and establishments which will provide more practical experience in forest management. 


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Licensed Forester in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Forestry needs to pass the Forester Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Foresters under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).


Career Opportunities

Graduates of Forestry may pursue a career path in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), private tree farms, forest nurseries, or other related agencies and establishments. They may apply for roles such as a forester in public and private agencies, conservation officers, urban foresters, procurement forester, soil conservationist, or natural resource policy analyst.

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Reviews of BS in Forestry graduates:

K. G.
◈ Studied BSc in Forestry (slightly different course)
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1994

list bulletWhy did I choose : I was inspired by my dad who was an entomologist.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned about the importance of stewardship and forestry as a course was challenging as it involves different fields of studies, from biology, business, mathematics, and social science.

Personally, regardless of the course, hard work, passion, patience, willingness to learn, and motivation are keys to success.

list bulletMy current job: Research Scientist/Instructor

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Ability to ask questions and find solutions to problems. Ability to network and effective time management and balance work and play.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after graduation

list bulletDo I recommend studying : Yes, Forestry is a relevant field as we deal with climate change, food security, and energy. These are the top challenges that the Philippines and the world are facing and something that needs to be acted upon soon.

Our drinking water depends on our forests. Wood provides us with a renewable source of building materials and trees are great potential source of energy; and they provide food and shelter for humans and wildlife. Being in this profession is a noble challenge.
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