Undergraduate Associate of Science Degree, UMass Amherst, School of Earth & Sustainability, Arboriculture & Community Forest Management program trains undergraduate students to care for trees and forests.

As the population of the United States continues to concentrate in urban and suburban areas, sustainable management of natural resources in urban environments is increasingly important.  Professional arborists and urban foresters play a critical role in the resiliency and management of urban ecosystems with high demand for their services throughout the country.

Students in the UMass Arboriculture and Community Forest Management program enjoy being outdoors, working with their hands while using their minds, and making the world a better place. Our academic training prepares students for an arborist certification exam. This program has a 100% job placement rate with excellent career opportunities.

Interested in advancing onto a Bachelor's degree program? Check out the Urban Forestry & Arboriculture concentration in our Natural Resources Concentration program.

What You'll Learn

On campus field activity for the undergraduate associate of science degree at University of Massachusetts, Arboriculture and Community Forest Management

Arboriculture requires a solid foundation of biology, as well as common sense and critical thinking skills. Students gain the essential knowledge and training in the following areas:

  • Botany
  • Tree and shrub identification
  • Soil science
  • Entomology
  • Plant pathology
  • Arboricultural field techniques and safety
  • Sustainable management

UMass, School of Earth & Sustainability, Arboriculture and Forestry, associate program prepares students for the real-world.

Arboriculture Program Contact


Kristina Bezanson

Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
Email: kbezanson@umass.edu

A native of Massachusetts, Kristina is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist / Municipal Specialist and a Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. Kristina holds credentials in Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Design, and Sustainable Installation. Kristina is also the sole proprietor of Garden & Forest Consulting and she has served as President of the Virginia Urban Forest Council and is a frequent rider on the Tour des Trees. Kristina’s experience and credentials will allow her to teach a variety of courses in the Stockbridge and UMass Arboriculture programs for two- and four-year students. Currently, she will teach the introductory and intermediate courses in Arboriculture, the seminar course, and handle all student internships.


UMass School of Earth and Sustainability Arboriculture undergraduate major science outdoors


Arborists are everywhere! With a 100% job placement, our students graduate and find well-paid, exciting careers in a wide range of fields, such as:
  • Commercial Arborist
  • Municipal Arborist / Urban Forester
  • Arboricultural Consultant
  • Educator (High School to University level)
  • Utility Arborist
  • Safety and Training (Public and Private sectors)

Students & Alumni