B.Sc. Forestry course review: Details, Career prospects, scope, salary details, syllabus and eligibility criteria
In this article, we will check out all important details about B.Sc. Forestry course. Students who have passed 12th Science stream (Biology group), who are not interested in regular professional courses that offers office jobs after graduation, may find this course attractive and useful! Those who are inclined towards nature and want an adventurous career, which focuses on outdoor activities, may choose this course and have a rewarding and satisfying career. Lots of Government job opportunities are available for graduates after finishing this program. In this article, I will cover basic details about B.Sc. Forestry course, important subjects present in the course, eligibility criteria, scope and job opportunities etc.
B.Sc. Forestry: Basic course details
Normal B.Sc. programs are 3 years long. But B.Sc. Forestry program is 4 years long. It is an Undergraduate Degree program. The 4 year duration is divided into 8 semesters, each semester lasting 6 months.
The main aim of this program is to train students to become Forestry professionals. The tasks of forestry professional are- conserving forest and forest resources, conserving and protecting wildlife, manage forest resources, develop forest and forest resources etc. B.Sc. Forestry program trains students and instils skills in them, which will help them perform the above mentioned tasks. Also, the program has been designed to provide the students knowledge about latest technology used in the field of Forestry.
B.Sc. Forestry: Important subjects covered
During each semester, students have to face a set of theoretical subjects as well as practical sessions. Let us take a look at some of the important subjects present in the program.
- Basic of Geology
- Basics of Horticulture
- Forest Economics
- Computer Application
- Physical Education
- Environment Science
- Nursery maintenance
- Water resource management
- Forest Mensuration
- Wood Anatomy
- Tree Seed Technology
- Forest Engineering
- Soil Survey
- Livestock Management
- Tree Physiology
- Forest Pathology
- Silvicultural Systems
- Wildlife Management
- Forest Business Management
- Project Planning and Cost Estimation
- Project Management
- Agroforestry Systems and Management
- Medicinal and Aromatic plants
- Forest Laws and Policies
- Forest resource and product management
- Forest resource and product marketing
- Entrepreneurship skills
Those were some main subjects covered in the B.Sc. Forestry program. Apart from the theoretical subjects mentioned above, this B.Sc. program also consists of practical sessions as well as work experience oriented tours and workshops.
Students who have passed 12th Science stream board examinations (with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects) from a recognized board are eligible to apply for this course. In case of some institutes, minimum marks criteria may exist (normally 40-50% marks in PCB subjects).
Scope, Job opportunities and Salary details
Ample job opportunities are available for B.Sc. Forestry graduates in the Forest Department of Indian Government. One may land the job of a forester or forest department officer in State Governments’ Forest Department. For this, one has to go through the selection process and examination though. In case of private sector jobs, some job posts available are- plantation and resort manager, forest product marketing, forest products purchasing manager, Research and Development sector etc. Starting salary is generally around 15k-25k per month. In case of Government job, it depends on the Pay Band (class and Grade of job post).
One may also follow up B.Sc. Degree with M.Sc. Degree and take up a teaching job also. Some good job posts available for graduates are-
- Officer- State Governments’ Forest Department
- Plantation Manager
- Nursery Manager
- Forest products marketing
- Purchase Manager (Forest products)
- Researcher (after completing M.Sc. and PhD programs also)
- Lecturer (after completing M.Sc. Degree also).