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Academics at ESF: Undergraduate Minors
Urban Forestry Minor

Coordinator: Dr. Eddie Bevilacqua

The Urban Forestry minor will provide students with the opportunity to better understand complex human-dominated ecosystems where trees and people coexist in close proximity. Understanding and attempting to manage this complexity requires a basic knowledge of plant physiology, nutrition, and tending at the individual tree level (arboriculture). In addition, the urban forester also must understand the changing dynamic of groups of trees and the effects of those trees on numerous ecosystem services and human health and well-being in a city (urban forestry). Because human activity is so dominant in the urban ecosystem, it is essential that the urban forester have some understanding of ecological interactions and human motivations for sustaining and maintaining existing trees (urban ecology). The courses listed below will provide the professional knowledge required for careers in these and related fields.

Fifteen credit hours are required:


Course Number Course Codes * Credits
ESF 300 Intro/Geospatial Info Tech   3
EST 220 Urban Ecology   3
FOR 480 Urban Forestry   3
FOR 481 Introduction to Arboriculture   3
LSA 480 Seminar:Urban Design   3

The interdisciplinary minor includes courses taught in the Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, and Landscape Architecture. Admission to this minor requires students to have (1) completed a general ecology course (e.g. EFB 320 General Ecology), (2) a cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or greater after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with the same GPA).