Forestry Transfer Guide

College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Telephone (715) 346-4081

Admission to UW-Stevens Point

  • Application Procedure

    To apply to UW-Stevens Point as a transfer student, complete the UW System admission application form.  You may apply online at or by submitting a paper application to:  

    UW-Stevens Point Office of Admissions Student Services Center UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI 54481

    Paper applications can be obtained through UW College Student Services Offices and the UWSP Admissions Office, or downloaded at

    Request that your official transcripts be forwarded directly to the UWSP Admissions Office both from your high school and from any colleges or universities you have attended. List your intended major on your application form.

    While there is no deadline for applying to the University, early application is recommended because enrollment management efforts may require us to limit our enrollment.

  • General Admission Requirements to the University

    Students from the UW Colleges who will have earned 54 or more credits by the time they transfer to UWSP are eligible for admission with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher. If you will have earned fewer than 54 transfer credits by the time you transfer, you will need to meet the admission requirements in effect at the time your application file is complete.

    Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a particular major.

  • Requirements for Admission to Programs in the College of Natural Resources

    You will be accepted as a Forestry major after you complete a total of 45 credits (including transfer credits) and have a GPA in your major of 2.0 or higher. Application deadlines are October 1 and February 15. Prior to being accepted as a Forestry major, your status will be "pre-major". Once you are accepted as a major, you will be assigned an advisor in your major and will be able to register for restricted 300 and 400 level courses, summer camp, internships and the European Environmental Studies Seminar.

  • When Should You Transfer?

    Students interested in a major in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP should transfer after completion of no more than one year at the UW Colleges. The majors in Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, and Wildlife have a summer camp &/or internship requirement that should be completed after the sophomore year. Before you can attend summer camp, you must have completed a core of natural resources courses (Natural Resources 250 and 251) only offered at UWSP, and Natural Resources 150 and 151 at UWSP or their equivalents from the UW-Colleges.

UWSP General Degree Requirements

Students with natural resources majors should complete the General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. The General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree are listed below, along with courses from the UW Colleges that may be applied toward the requirements.

  1. Freshman English -- 3-6 credits required (BA & BS)
    Students from the UW Colleges take ENG 101 & 102. Students who are exempt from ENG 101 at the UW Colleges will also be considered exempt from English 101 at UWSP, but will still need ENG 102.

  2. Communication -- 2 credits required (BA & BS)
    COM 103 at the UW Colleges

  3. Mathematics -- 3 credits required (BA); 7 credits required (BS) 
    Forestry Majors: Math 113 (Trigonometry) and Math 211 (Calculus) are required.


  4. Natural Science - 12-15 credits required
    Forestry & Wildlife Majors: Botany 130, Zoology 101 and Chemistry 125 or 145 will complete this requirement.

  5. History--BS: 3 credits required

  6. Humanities and Social Science--18 credits required

    6 must be in Humanities and 6 must be in Social Science; the remaining 6 credits may be from either Humanities or Social Science. In the Humanities, courses must be selected from at least two of the four areas. In the Social Sciences, courses must be taken in two or more social science disciplines, with a minimum of 6 credits in Category 1.
    • Humanities is divided into 4 areas as follows: Area 1-history and appreciation of art, communication, dance, theater and music; Area 2-literature; Area 3-philosophy, political theory and religious studies; Area 4-civilization, area studies and interdisciplinary courses.
    • Social Science is divided into 2 categories. Most traditional social science courses are in Category 1, which includes such disciplines as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology.
    • credits may be from either Humanities or Social Science. In the Humanities, one course is required in each of Areas 1, 2 and 3. In the Social Sciences, courses must be taken in two or more social science disciplines, with a minimum of 6 credits in Cat. 1.

    ***NOTEThe Forestry majors require Economics 210, Natural Resources 150 and 372 and Communication 211 or 217 (Management option only), all of which apply toward the Social Science requirement. Also, all forestry options require Philosophy 380, which can be applied toward the Humanities Area 3 requirement. When you choose your remaining humanities and social science courses, look for courses that also fulfill the Minority Studies (MNS) or Non-Western (NW) requirements. Some possible choices at the UW Colleges include: Sociology 101 or 130, Anthropology 100, 102, 200 or 204, Geography 101, 102, 110 or 115, and Music 273.

  7. Foreign Language--None required

  8. Environmental Literacy -- 3 credits required (BA & BS)

    UWSP Natural Resources 150 completes this requirement or this may be satisfied by Bio 103 or Bio 107, Geog 350, Geol 169, or Nat 170 (2-3 credits) at the UW Colleges.

  9. Wellness -- 3 credits required (BA & BS) 
    The Wellness requirement is divided into two categories: Aerobic/Activity and Health Enhancement. At least 1 credit must be taken in each category; the third credit may be from either category.

  10. Minority Studies & Non-Western Culture (NW)
    Please note that at least one course you take must be designated "Minority Studies", and at least one course you take must be designated "Non-Western Culture". Courses with these designations will usually also meet another general degree requirement, such as Humanities or Social Science.

  11. Writing Emphasis -- 6 credits required (BA & BS)
    You must take at least 6 credits of courses that are designated as "Writing Emphasis". Forestry majors are required to take Forestry 425, which fulfills 3 credits of the writing emphasis requirement. Urban Forestry, Forest Recreation and Forest Management also require Natural Resources 320, which will complete the writing emphasis requirement.


If you are transferring to UWSP and have earned an Associate of Arts & Science degree at one of the UW Colleges, you will automatically have satisfied the following general degree requirements for the BS degree at UWSP: Natural Science, History, Humanities and Social Science, Environmental Literacy, Minority Studies and Non-Western Culture. You will not automatically have satisfied the general degree requirements in Freshman English, Communication, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Wellness and Writing Emphasis. Of course, you may have satisfied these requirements if you took the specific course work to do so.  You may still have additional major specific courses to take at UWSP in order to complete the Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, or Wildlife degree. 

Course Requirements for the Forestry Major

To complete a degree in Forestry at UWSP, you must choose and complete the requirements for one of the following options: Forest Management, Urban Forestry, Forest Administration & Utilization, Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Management, or Forest Recreation. In the forestry program you will integrate the study of forestry with other resource disciplines so that you have a solid background of forest ecosystem management. Through your forestry degree you prepare for management positions with public agencies or private industry. The Forestry program at UWSP is fully accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

To graduate from UWSP with a major in Forestry, you must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

  1. Major study and approved electives to total 134 credits.
  2. Required courses, 58 credits:

    a. College of Natural Resources: Forestry 321, 322,  327, 332, 425, 432, 449; Natural Resources 150, 151, 250, 251, 372, 490.

    b. Biology 130; Geography 279; Economics 210; Philosophy 380;

    c. Summer Camp - 7 credits: Forestry 319, 320, Natural Resources 405, Soils 359, 360, Water 380, Wildlife 340; OR European Environmental Studies Seminar - 8 credits: Natural Resources 475.

  3. Complete ONE of the four following collateral options:

a. Forest Management

  • Required, 50 credits: Biology 160; Chemistry 105; Mathematics 111, 112; Forestry 232, 326,  370, 329, 433; 4 credits of Forestry 324, 424, or 426; Natural Resources 377; Biology 350 with Biology 130 and Chemistry 105 accepted as prerequisites; one course from: Communication 240, 280, English 251, 254, 320, 354.
  • Electives: 8 credits selected from: Forestry 324*, 325, 331, 333, 335, 350, 381 (1-3 cr), 385, 394, 424*, 426*, 428, 431, 434, 440, 480, 493; Geography 476; Natural Resources 320*, 323, 357, 371, 473, 474; Paper Science 101; Soils 361; Water 389, 493; Wildlife 451.  (* if not taken to meet 50-credit requirements above)

b. Forest Administration and Utilization

  • Required, 55-56 credits: Natural science requirement: 10 credits total from at least two of the following areas: Biology 160, Chemistry 101, 105, 106, Physics 101, 203, 204;  Mathematics 109 or 111 and 112; Accounting 210; Business 340, 380; one course from: Communication 240, 280, English 251, 254, 354, Natural Resources 320; Forestry 232, 326, 329, 370; two of Forestry 428, 429, 433; and Natural Resources 377.
  • Electives: Minimum of 8 adviser-approved credits from 300-400 level forestry, natural resources, business, economics courses; 200-400 level accounting courses; 100-400 level paper science courses.

c. Urban Forestry

  • Required, 49 credits:Biology 160; Chemistry 105; Mathematics 111, 112; Forestry 232, 326, 331, 333, 335, 385, 424, 426, 431; Natural Resources 320; Biology 350 with Biology 130 and Chemistry 105 accepted as prerequisites.
  • Electives, 6 credits from: Forestry 324, 342, 381 (1-3 cr), 395, 430; Wildlife 454; Biology 344, 346; Geography 476; Natural Resources 335, 357, 377, 474.

d. Forest Recreation

  • Required, 52-54 credits: Biology 160; Chemistry 105; Mathematics 111, 112; Forestry 232, 324, 326, 330, 331 or 333, 335, 385, 394, 426, 480; Natural Resources 320, 367, 3 credits from 369.
  • Electives, 5-6 credits from:Forestry 334, 342, 381 (1-3 cr) 424, 430, 431, 433; Geography 476; Natural Resources 335, 357, 377, 393, 440, 473, 474, or any 300-400 level wildlife course beyond Wildlife 320, excluding 340.

e. Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management

  • NOTE: An enrollment cap is in effect for this option. Consult the forestry coordinator for advising information and application criteria.
  • Required, 52-54 credits: Biology 160, 342, 345, 377;Chemistry 101; Math 111, 112; Forestry 324, 381 (3 cr); Soils 361; Natural Resources 320 and 458 or Wildlife 458 and Natural Resources 459; Water 481 or Wildlife 360.
  • Select 5-6 credits from Natural Resources 377, 444; Geography  476, 479.
  • Select at least 4 credits from Biology 338, 347, 360*, 374, 378; Forestry 426, 440; Water 387, 481*, 482; Natural Resources 457, 462; Wildlife 360*, 451 (*If not taken to meet the choices for required courses.)

Internships can play a crucial role during your college career. An internship is strongly recommended but is only required for the Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management option. For more information on internships and job opportunities through the CNR, check out our Web page: .

​​Courses that will transfer from the UW Colleges to UWSP and can be applied
toward the Forestry Major:
UW Colleges Course and Course Title UWSP Course Requierment UWSP General Degree Requirement Satisfied
Botany 130 - General Botany Biology 130 - Plant Biology Natural Science
Zoology 101 - Animal Biology Biology 160 - Animal Biology Natural Science
Chemistry 145 - General Chemistry Chemistry 105 - Fundamental Chemistry Natural Science
Math 105 - Intro to College Algebra Math 100 - College Algebra Math
Math 113 - Trigonometry Math 119 (112) - Trigonometry Math
Math 211 - Calculus Math 111 - Applied Calculus Math
Biology 103 Human Environ Bio OR Biology 107 Biol Aspect Conserv OR Geography 350 Env Conserv OR Geology 169 Earth Sci & Hum Env OR NAT 170 (if taken for 2-3 credits) NRES 150 - People, Resources & Biosphere SS2 & EL
Biology 250 Principles of Ecology NRES 151 - Ecol Basis Natural Resources Mgmt Natural Science
NAT 250 Intro to Fish, Forest & Wildlife Resources NRES 250 - Intro to Fisheries, Forestry, & Wildlife Natural Science
Philosophy 244 - Environmental Ethics Philosophy 380 - Environmental Ethics Humanities - Area 3 & Environmental Literacy
Economics 203 - Economics-Macro Economics 210 - Principles of Macroeconomics Social Science - Area 1

Contact Person

For more information concerning the Forestry major in the UWSP College of Natural Resources, please call Sue Kissinger,  Coordinator of Advising and Recruitment, at (715) 346-4081 or e-mail her at

Updated: 12/06​​​​​

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