MF is also an abbreviation of Master of Forestry, an advanced university degree. The MF is more of a professional degree than a research degree; therefore, most programs require coursework and a comprehensive oral exam, but not a thesis or dissertation. Students take courses in forest ecology, resource management, silviculture, biometry, and wildlife management; they may also take supplemental courses in physics, statistics, and biochemistry. Once they graduate, most MF students go on to work in national parks or the logging industry (an interesting dichotomy that can foster considerable antagonism among forestry students).

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