Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

Urban Forestry and Arboriculture majors in the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Urban Forestry and Arboriculture program in the Ratcliffe Hicks School is offered by the Natural Resources and the Environment department.

Recommended Course Sequence for Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

Concentration Objectives

The goal of the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture major is to prepare students for employment, management, or entrepreneurial positions in arboriculture, urban, and community forestry careers.

A graduate of the program should be able to:

  • Envision, specify, and carry out safe effective arboriculture work.
  • Recommend management actions and plans for urban forests and green spaces.
  • Take the Arborist license exam offered by the CT DEEP.
  • Identify trees, tree structural and health issues, and common tree diseases and pests.
  • Communicate and act based on a broad perspective on the urban forestry and arboriculture industry and understand potential career trajectories.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers a wide range of courses in Urban Forestry and Arboriculture providing both academic and applied educational opportunities. Descriptions of all of the courses in the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Career Opportunities

Career options are wide open for graduates of our program. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to allow them to pursue a career in the private or public sector.  Potential employers include tree care companies, utilities, municipalities, state and federal agencies, and non-profits. Graduates may also continue their education in baccalaureate and graduate programs.

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