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Student looking through treesConservation and Field Biology – Forestry Dual Degree

This program allows undergraduate students to attend the University of West Alabama for approximately three years and then transfer to the School of Forestry at Auburn University. On completion of the requirements of the two institutions, the student receives a Bachelor of Science from UWA and the Master of Natural Resources with a Professional Forester concentration from Auburn. This preparation is ideal for the student who wishes to work in the field, in a thriving industry which is among the largest areas of growth in the West Alabama region. The background in field and conservation background acquired at UWA provides students with a firm background in the discipline, while a forestry preparation produces well-rounded professionals with the skills to maintain the sustainability of forest resources like timber, forage, wildlife, and outdoor recreation.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Strong background in Plant, Animal, and Microbial Diversity
  • Molecular/Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Dedicated Field Courses in Zoology and/or Botany
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Graduate Coursework in Surveying and Harvesting
  • Data Analysis and Presentation Skills
  • Career Preparation Skills

Extra-curricular activities

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Hands-on Learning Experiences
  • Field Work in Natural Habitats in Alabama
  • Fellowships and Summer Internships
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Exciting Field Classes

Career Preparation

The dual degree program in Conservation and Field Biology/Forestry produces students prepared to step into leadership roles in conserving and managing natural systems with an eye toward sustainability. It provides opportunities for students to grow through close contact and interaction with outstanding faculty. The field is growing rapidly, and offers a tremendous variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Contact Information:

College/Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics contact Dr. Jeffery Merida at 205-652-3414.

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