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Welcome to Urban Forestry at Virginia Tech

Urban forestry is a rapidly growing field that includes all aspects of forest management and tree care anywhere people live—from cities to small towns. This Gateway page links you to the diverse array of educational opportunities and resources in urban forestry available from Virginia Tech. To learn more about the past, present, and future of Virginia Tech’s urban forestry program, check out this presentation.

Prospective Students

Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation offers a Bachelor's of Science degree with an urban forestry option. An urban forestry minor is also offered for undergraduate students in related disciplines at Virginia Tech. Graduate programs in urban forestry include a Master's of Forestry or a Master's of Science degree and a PhD.

The Urban Forestry undergraduate option is a flexible interdisciplinary degree program emphasizing arboriculture and urban forest management. In addition to forestry courses, students take classes from Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Affairs and Planning and many others. Interaction with students and faculty from other disciplines is encouraged as students craft their degree program for careers in municipal forestry, commercial tree care, regional urban forest management, nonprofit organizations, urban environmental consulting and many other related fields.

Virginia Tech's is the first undergraduate program in the U.S, accredited by the Society of American Foresters under its specialized urban forestry accreditation standard.

Special Note for Transfer Students:

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation has been working in conjunction with the community college system to facilitate the transfer process and create opportunities for students. An agreement is now in place with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (see letter of agreement). For general information on transferring into Urban Forestry at Virginia Tech, contact the CNR Undergraduate Admissions office at or (540) 231-5482.


A brochure available for download is available here.


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