The Forestry major was primarily funded in 1942 by suggestion of Late Karim Saai. The first specialized course in forest science for agricultural engineers was held in 1950. Forest science laboratory and wood science laboratory both were established and equipped in 1955 according to Saai's suggestion and with assistance of Dr. Reza Hejazi. At the same time, master course in the field of forest and rangeland science in faculty of agriculture was established by Dr. Hejazi. In 1962, institute of forest and rangeland was established with FAO assistance and in June, 16, 1966, faculty of forestry has been started to work with three departments, among which the first one was the department of forestry. In 2005, forest ecology, silviculture, and forestry majors were created in MSc. level. Later in 2007, forest engineering and in 2013 forest socio-economics issues were also established. The department currently admits students in Forestry (B.Sc. Degree), Forest ecology and silviculture (M.Sc.), Forestry (MSc.), Forest Engineering (M.Sc.), Forest Socio – Economic Problems (M.Sc.), and Forestry (Ph.D) in four above branches.
The department presently has 4 professors, 6 associate professors, and 3 assistant professors carrying out educational and research affairs in the department.
The department has educational activities in bachelor with coordinating 136 credits and preparing a forest management plan as BSc. project completed by undergraduate students to educate future human resources for administrative/executive organizations. Students in master courses of forestry science are professionally educating in forest ecology and silviculture, forest engineering, forestry, and forest socio-economics issues, using the most up-to-dated educational programs to be applied/served in executive/administrative agencies, research organizations and education sectors. In Ph.D level, students are instructed to implement educational and research tasks of future. Number of admitted students in B.Sc., MSc., and Ph.D are 25, 10 (each subject) and 12 students per annum, respectively.
Projects and research projects of the department members are carried out by MSc. or Ph.D students' theses, by research grants of academic members or in cooperation with research institutes or forest, rangeland, and watershed organization of Iran. Research outputs will help academic members to present strategic research policies in order to solve main issues and problems in operational and research organizations in forestry sector of the country.
Educational and research facilities
The department has several laboratories as follows: Seeds Technology of Forest Trees, Forest Genetics, Aerial Photo Interpretation, Forest Engineering, GIS&RS, Forest Economics & Policy, Forest Biometry, surveying, Herbarium, Forest trees micro- propagation and a Forest research station known as Kheyrud Forest with an area of 8000 ha.
Employment Possibilities for Graduates
All graduates can be hired by different organizations, research and educational institutions, as well as universities in diversed fields of forestry, forest engineering, siliviculture and forest ecology and socio-economics issues.