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Forestry studies the complex relation between climate, soils and rocks, water, animals and plants, as they are all considered defining elements of a forest. Forestry is focused on ecology, preserving resources that can be affected by harmful human activities or natural disasters. The forestry discipline applies scientific, economic and social principles used in the establishment and management of forests. Forestry studies include genetics, forest economics, zoology, botany, environmental protection, and ecosystems in forests.

Class curricula offer students relevant information on: wood anatomy, forest economics and science, forest resource management, organic pollutants in the environment, taxonomy of trees, dendrology, and agroforestry.

Students in forestry studies are prepared to identify the main species of terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. They will be able to understand the interactions between ecological factors and forest ecosystem functions and will gain knowledge of soil properties and processes specific to forest sites. Future forest experts are also able to develop management plans and options for forested landscapes while meeting the needs of society and maintaining the integrity of the ecosystem.

Graduates can find jobs in the field working as forest biologists, professional foresters, wood engineers, forestry business administrators, or conservationists.

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