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Chemistry in the Education of a Forester

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Forestry is an applied science based on the natural sciences. Because of this fact most forestry curricula include a smattering of work in all the natural sciences. In a sense this is a desirable situation; in another sense it is an undesirable situation. It is desirable in that it acquaints the student with a rather broad section of the world's scientific knowledge; it is undesirable in that the acquaintance must, because of lack of time, be somewhat superficial. Many educational advantages would result from having each forestry student pursue at least one natural science far beyond the beginning or elementary course. Dr. Jahn develops the case for chemistry. A somewhat similar case could be developed for physics, for mathematics, for geology, or for zoology. Full and complete training in any science would focus attention on the value of thoroughness than which nothing is more necessary or desirable in any program of professional education.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: New York State College of Forestry

Publication date: 1939-06-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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