Urban Forestry and Natural Resources


The Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources at SU offers a Bachelor of Science, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Urban Forestry. The curricula are designed to prepare graduates who can evaluate, plan, and resolve problems of urban forest ecosystem and contribute to the environmental well-being of urban societies.  Urban Forestry Program at Southern University was established in 1992 as the first B.S. degree program in urban forestry in the nation with support from USDA-FS and LA Board of Regents. The MS degree in urban forestry was approved in 1998, and PhD degree in urban forestry in 2004. Today, the Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources at SU has the most comprehensive Urban Forestry Higher Education Program in the nation and has been recognized as a leader in graduating the diverse, talented next generation of urban forestry and natural resources professionals for the country. The Urban Forestry Program is a non-duplication program in the State of Louisiana and has been designated as Department of Excellence through Faculty Excellence by the LA Board of Regents.  The program is equipped with excellent faculty and the state-of-the-art research and educational facility. The program has contributed significantly to minority education and workforce in urban forestry and natural resources in the nation.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources is to advance our 1890 land-grant university’s mission by providing high quality education and learning experiences to diverse undergraduate and graduate students, professional urban foresters, and the general public, and generating and applying new knowledge concerning the management of urban and community forestry and natural resources through Education, Research, and Service.

Our shared vision is to pursue excellence in providing leadership on the state, regional, national and international levels for education, research, and service activities in ur style="text-align: justify;"ban and community forestry and natural resource management that is consistent with the visions of the SU System, SUBR, and SU Agricultural Land-grant Campus.  Southern University aspires to prepare students to compete globally in their respective professions and to provide advanced study in graduate and professional schools. Southern University is committed to a broad program of research and creative work to inspire faculty and students in a quest for knowledge and to aid society in resolving its scientific, technological, socio-economic, and cultural problems. The SU System seeks to enhance student diversity by emphasizing educational access for students without regard to gender, ethnic background, religion, geographical or national origin, age, or physical challenges.

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