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Oregon State University offering Urban Forestry and Arboriculture online courses and degree programs

Oregon State University offers a variety of courses that can be taken individually or while working towards an undergraduate degree, graduate certificate or master’s degree.


Information on Spring Quarter 2015 courses and degree offerings for the upcoming 2015/2016 academic year are as follows:


Online courses:

Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Leadership – Spring 2015


FES | HORT 447/547 Arboriculture Рthis four credit course is offered at the undergraduate (447) or graduate level (547) and it covers the principles and practices of the Arboriculture. Past students have used this course to prepare to take the ISA Certification exam, and existing Certified Arborists have taken it to sharpen their skills or broaden their knowledge of the Arboriculture profession. Prerequisite for this class is a tree identification course or experience plus some background or coursework in forestry, natural resources, or horticulture. Class begins March 30 and lasts 10 weeks.  This is an asynchronous course with weekly modules, so if fits the schedules of working adults.


FES 565 Urban Forestry Leadership – this two credit graduate level class covers various aspects of personal and professional leadership in the field of urban forestry.


Graduate certificate:


Apply now for fall 2015

Looking for an Urban Forestry credential to advance your career? The application period for Oregon State’s new Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry is now open.


Program overview

This one-of-a-kind program delivers a graduate level urban forestry education online.



This 18-credit certificate program includes a variety of required and elective online courses as well as a capstone project designed in cooperation with your adviser. Or, roll the Certificate into a full Master of Natural Resources degree.


Ready to apply?

Application deadline for the Certificate is August 28th. The deadline for the Master of Natural Resources program is May 1st. Check out fall registration options. Courses begin September 28.


Learn from a world-class university

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry has been educating professionals for more that a century. The college has earned a reputation as a world-class center of teaching and learning about forests and related resources. Oregon State is a land, sea, space and sun-grant institution. It is Oregon’s only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.


Benefits of an Oregon State University online program

All classes are taught by Oregon State’s renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation in natural resources and science fields.

Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Online students receive the same credits as on-campus students, and credits transfer to most higher education institutions.

OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best providers of online education.

Students can complete their courses from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.


Program Lead: Paul D. Ries, MS

Paul has over 25 years of urban forestry experience at the local, state, national, international, non-profit, and academic levels. He was the 2011 recipient of the OSU Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence in Innovation – Online Credit Teaching for his teaching efforts at OSU. Paul has also been recognized by the Society of Municipal Arborists for his work as the curriculum chair for the innovative Municipal Forestry Institute, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture.


For more information, visit: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/contact/form/


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