As complex ecosystems, forests feature worldwide among the most significant biodiversity hotspots and fulfill numerous functions. They offer habitats for plant and animal species, produce wood – the most important renewable resource in terms of surface area and quantity – and make a fundamental contribution to the common good of society. In times of climate change and related efforts aimed at decarbonization, the significance of the forest as a supplier of energy and as carbon sink has further increased. Forest ecosystems must therefore satisfy numerous demands and, as such, are increasingly the focus of sociopolitical discourse. All of which is reflected in a demand for wood and wood products that has continually risen over the years, as well as in increasing efforts to protect and maintain forests.
In order to do justice to these diverse and, in part, conflicting demands concerning the use of renewable resources and forest ecosystems, careful and comprehensive management is essential.
To this end, the bachelor's program "Forest Science and Resource Management" offers the requisite discipline-specific foundations, as well as those relating to economics and the social and natural sciences. As such, fundamentals of natural science play a role equally important to that of the technical assessment of products, and the socio-political significance of natural resources.
The study program division Forest Science and Resource Management is therefore committed to providing training that is as broad as possible.
Besides the specialized, scientific course load, expanding students' personal competencies is a further goal of the program. To this end, project work to be completed in a team as well as additional courses in rhetoric, conflict management, or stays abroad are also offered.
For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation: