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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


  • 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:

R. L.
◈ Studied BS Forestry
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Forestry: First, I didn't know that it exist. Then I began to asked questions on my teachers and searched it on the internet. And that curiosity was the best thing ever happened to me. I studied Forestry not only because I care with the environment but because I want to help our country. Forestry is far beyond planting trees or climbing a mountain. Studying forestry is very challenging, it encompasses all fields of studies from biology to engineering.
With the state of our natural resources, I believed studying forestry is the foundation to overcome problems with our environment especially on deforestation, social inequality in the uplands and pollution.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned in this cours, not just to conserve our natural resources but how to sustainable use it and understand the technologies of upland communities and how we can help people not just in upland but also in urban regarding their issues on the environment (climate change, deforestation, poverty, food security and others). I also learned how to conduct inventories and mapping using advance technology like GIS (Geographic Information System), how to communicate with people and how to conduct community organizing. I also learned to understand many things about floral (plants) and faunal (animals) biodiversity. Ways to conserve natural resources, analyzing the forest and many more.

My specialization is on forest genetics so I am exposed on doing researches on tree improvement and conservation of genetic resources in trees.

Every subject and assignment is difficult but it becomes easy when you learned how to love it and to appreciate it. In my college days the most remarkable assignment that I have been to is to conduct a rapid assessment in a karst forest in Caramoan, Camarines Norte during our field visits where the results will be formally submitted in the municipality and for me it's very challeging because I'm just sophomore on that time.

Every subject that I took is very useful. All of it are useful. But I'll pick tissue culturing, it's one of the skills I learned in the university. It will be very useful in conducting researches on conservation. Another one is GIS where it's now useful in my work.

Passing an exam is difficult so students are trained to do self- studies because not all will be fed by the teacher and to be passed you need to study. Honestly, many people fail exams once their not responsible enough in that subject. Somehow, many people shift to another course either they don'really love the course or because they're failing.

I believed to succeed in every course requires not just mere intelligence but hard work, patience and a sense of responsibility because many intelligent student fails but those hard working and responsible students are graduating.

list bulletMy current job: I am an Extension Officer II at the National Greening Program Coordinating Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in charge of coordinating to different regions in the country regarding monitoring and evaluation of NGP in their regions. Conducting field visits and monitoring on different regions.

* NGP is a national program of President Aquino aiming to plant 1.5 billion trees on 1.5 M hectares in the country.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated on April 2014, then I took a review class for the board exam in May. Then in the start of June I started applying and after a week and I'm working.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Those people who are considering studying forestry, I advice to love what you do first, and success will follow. Always be concerned on our environment. Learned the skills you need and you love. Always accept the challenge because studying Forestry is learning "LIFE".
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