Undergraduate Education

Educational Opportunities in Urban Forestry

At Virginia Tech, you can chart your own path to a rewarding career in urban forestry. 

B.S. in Forestry with Urban and Community Forestry Emphasis

  • A multidisciplinary degree focusing on the management of forest resources in cities, towns, and other urbanized environments.
  • Students take courses in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Affairs and Planning to customize a blended curriculum that supports their career goals.
  • Curriculum holds the specialized accreditation in urban forestry from the Society of American Foresters. This is the only accredited urban forestry curriculum in the state, and is a requirement for many jobs with state or federal agencies.
  • Graduates pursue careers in municipal forestry, commercial tree care, regional urban forest management, nonprofit organizations, urban environmental consulting and many other related fields.
  • The current curriculum checksheet can be found here.
Urban and Community Forestry Minor for Related B.S. Degrees
  • A flexible curriculum for students wishing to develop knowledge and skills that complement their primary discipline.
  • A natural fit for students in Horticulture, Geography, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, and Public and Urban Affairs who aspire to an interdisciplinary career in urban environmental issues.
  • The current curriculum checksheet can be found here.

We also offer a number of courses in arboriculture, urban greenspaces, and urban forestry. Check out the course catalog for descriptions of our courses.

Have Questions About our Undergraduate Education Options?

The Advising Center of the College of Natural Resources and Environment has professional academic advisors who focus solely on assisting students in the college. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of admissions, major/minor selection, enrollment, and academic progress. Contact one of our advisors today.

Thinking of Switching Majors or Adding a Minor?

We welcome undergraduate students transferring from community college or other majors within Virginia Tech. To learn about changing majors or adding a minor, please check out this page.