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The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in natural resource sciences in a lively academic community. We currently offer five undergraduate majors with eight options. Graduate students can pursue Master’s and Ph.D. degrees through a number of different degree programs. Browse these pages for current information on academic programs. For general questions, contact:

For departmental information, please contact Mary Williams, (540) 231-5483 She will be happy to answer your questions or help connect you with the right person.  You may also contact The Advising Center in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and visit our undergraduate programs page.

Please email us at with comments or if you have technical problems. Thank you.


Students are strongly encouraged to apply online. This streamlines the application process and reduces processing time.   Applicants must pay a $65 non-refundable fee.  Students are encouraged to contact faculty in their research interest area prior to application.  Additional information is available at

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination)General Test is required for all applicants to the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Also required is a passing grade on a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for applicants who did not receive their bachelor’s degree from an American, Canadian, or British university and whose first language is not English. 

Test scores should be sent to the Graduate School.  Scanned transcripts will be required during the online application process; however, please do not mail official transcripts until you have received an offer of admission from Virginia Tech. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have online recommendations completed.  Names and email addresses for each reference may be provided in the online application.  If applicants choose to have paper letters of recommendation submitted, the letters should be sent directly to the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, ATTN:  Graduate Coordinator, 313 Cheatham Hall (0324), Blacksburg, VA  24061 U.S.A.  

Also see our graduate student page.

Please email us at with comments or if you have technical problems. Thank you.

The Advising Center
Cheatham Hall Room 138 
Virginia Tech (MC0324)
310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5482 or
Susan Higgins
Academic Support

Stephanie Hart
Director, The Advising Center

Cathy Barker
Student Services Coordinator

Lauren Varboncoeur
Academic Advisor

John Gray Williams
Director of Recruitment

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