Major Field Description
Graduate Program in Silviculture, Silvics, Forest Soils, Agroforestry, Forest Restoration and Rehabilitation, Plantation Forestry and Tree Farming.
Official Acronym: FOR:SFI
Unit/s offering the major field: Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
Plantation developer, forest managers, tree farmers, foresters, agriculturists, Faculty Members of Colleges and Universities offering Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources-allied degrees.
Graduates become forest plantation managers; specialists/experts in forest restoration and rehabilitation; consultants to forest plantation developers; Specialists in the aforementioned field in local, regional, national and international organizations; Graduates have became heads of International Organizations and recipients of Nobel Peace Prize for work on Climate Change.
Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate
The MFor: SFI is a non-thesis program, it requires a minimum of 31 units, these are: 18-21 units of major courses including core courses SFI 221, SFI 223, SFI 271 and specialization courses; 1 unit of seminar; and 9-12 units of minor courses.
The MS FOR: SFI program requires a minimum of 31 units, these are: 15 units major courses; 9 units of minor courses; 1 unit of seminar; and 6 units of thesis. The major courses consists of core courses SFI 221, SFI 223, SFI 271 and specialization courses to satisfy the minimum units required.
Additional courses which may be required for MF/MS students specializing in Silviculture: FBS 161, FBS 172, FRM 167 or STAT 162, SFI 261
For those specializing in Tree Improvement: FBS 161, FBS 172, SFI 141, SFI 241, FRM 167 or STAT 162
For those specializing in Agroforestry: SFI 122, SFI 123, SFI 261, FRM 167 or STAT 162
Areas of specialization: Silviculture, Agroforestry, Tree Improvement
Silviculture and Forest Influences
SFI 201. Advanced Forest Soils (3). Physical and chemical properties of soils; soil microbiology; soil as related to the growth and development of timber stands. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. SFI 101.
SFI 221. Advanced Nursery and Plantation Techniques (3). Recent developments in nursery and forest planting techniques. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. SFI 121 or COI. (1)
SFI 223. Advanced Silviculture (3). Stand improvements and regeneration methods in tropical forests. (Field trip required). 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. SFI 121 or COI. (1,2)
SFI 241. Advanced Forest Tree Improvement (3). Approaches to forest tree improvement, selection, species introduction, seed orchards, hybridization, mutation, and progeny testing. 3 hrs (class). PR. SFI 141 and FRM 167. (2)
SFI 261. Forest Influences (3). The influence of forests on local and microclimate, stream flow, and soil productivity. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. FRM 153 or COI. (2)
SFI 271. Advanced Silvics (3). Analysis of the interrelation of site factors. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab). PR. SFI 101 and FBS 36 or COI. (1,2)
SFI 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2,S)
SFI 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI. (1,2)
SFI 299. Graduate Seminar (1). May be taken twice. 1 hr (class). PR. COI. (1,2)
Forestry FOR 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1, 2, S)
FOR 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1,2,S)