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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:

F. P.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Science in Forestry
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletAbout my college education: BS Forestry is an environmental course. Honestly, I didn't like it at first but through time, I was able to learn and love my course. It is the best course that everyone should know!

It really requires hard work because you need to study and memorize scientific names of trees and their family names. You need to have a good photographic memory since you need to have at least a good distinguishing feature that a plant have from another plant from their leaves, seeds, anatomical feature of their stem, their smell, flowers, etc. The subject matter also covers the study of rocks, wildlife, insects, tree diseases, forest mensuration and others. It is the course wherein you will be able to study everything, from interpersonal skills to people through Social Forestry up to the very cell of a plant, the reason why I really love it!
You're character will also be develop because you will learn how to communicate with the people in the forest and how our forest is important for us.
You will also learn how to be independent since you will learn how to manage your time while in school. The best of course, if you are not a nature lover, you will really develop it. Likewise, we were also encourage to have our field trip every semester since exposing ourselves to the outside world is different from the things we learn in school.

list bulletMy current job: After taking the board exam, I worked in an environmental law office which is a good move for me because I was encourage to take up law at present. But as a part time work, I was also hired to teach "gardening" to pre-schoolers in Quezon City.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. The university taught us what will be our work after graduation. It really equipped us with the knowledge that we should have and could be use in our work which I was able to apply in my work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Two weeks after taking the board exam, I was hired. My batchmates were hired also immediately after graduation as faculties, government employees, and others.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Forestry: I highly recommend this course to those who are still confused on what course to take. It is an in demand course most especially today that our country and even foreign countries are looking for ways how to save the environment from the effects of global warming. It is the course wherein you will save not only yourself, family but the whole world.
As to the salary level, most companies offer a very good starting salary especially when it is a project-based work. You can be employed also as faculty, a researcher, project manager, environmental consultant, planner, area developer, and many more.
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