Forest Engineering

Science seeks to deepen the knowledge about native and planted forests

Analyses, discusses and orients society towards policies and legislations


Brazil has 500 million hectares of natural forests and 6.8 million hectares of planted forests, about 60% of its whole territory – the second largest forest area in the world, only behind Russia. The forest sector is responsible for about 5% of the Brazilian GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Exploring the potential of these natural resources towards the development of the country, the professional in Forest Engineering blazes new trails.
 
Forest Engineering can be defined as the science that seeks to deepen the knowledge about native and planted forests, aiming continuous wood production and environmental services. It also systematizes knowledge applied in handling, utilizing and protecting natural resources, in order to obtain benefits for society with minimum environmental impact along with the conservation of natural riches.
 
Some fields of work of the forest engineer are: formation, management and exploration of forest areas; genetic improvement of forests and seed production; technology of products (sawn lumber, chipboard, particle board, plies, charcoal, cellulose and paper, biomass for energetic purposes, among others); management of hydrographic basins and forest protection (against fires, plagues and diseases).
 
He/she can also analyze, discuss and orient society towards the policies and legislations that guide the sustainability of the forest sector’s economic activities.
 
His/her field of work includes both private and public companies. In the private sector, he/she works in areas related to wood production and its improvement, as well as in consulting companies. In the public field, he/she can work with the analysis and supervision of forestal projects, administration of parks and reservations and in scientific and research institutions.
 
Since the program requires intense practical training, the Agronomical Sciences School in Botucatu offers to its students three experimental farms: Lageado, Edgárdia and São Manuel. They totalize 2.500 hectares, 600 of which are natural forests.
 
The region has more than 500 thousand hectares of reforested area that supply local and nation-wide industries with raw material, wood related or not. Therefore, the students have immediate contact with the implantation of commercial forests and their industrial profit.
 
The major gathers teachers and experts that have been dedicating themselves to the study of natural and artificial forests for over 20 years.
 
In the course of the program the students have the opportunity to participate in research and extension projects in the different areas of Forest Engineering.
 
They are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular internships, study and training groups, junior enterprises (formed by students in search for solutions to production related problems), as well as other academic activities such as student movements and class representations.
 
In addition to activities in the campus, the student has the opportunity to work in public and private national institutions, and the chance to participate in exchange programs and international internships in renowned teaching institutions and research centers.
 
To conclude their majors, the students must carry out a supervised internship or research activity in forest science, along with their final paper. This complimentary education makes the students shine through in the market.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Botucatu Full-time 40 5 years

BOTUCATU

Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas - FCA
Fazenda Experimental Lageado
Address: R. José Barbosa de Barros, 1780 – CP 237
Botucatu – SP – CEP 18610-307
Phone: (55) 14 3811-7100
Fax (55) 14 3815-3438
www.fca.unesp.br

Translation: Caio Rolim