​Summer practicum is eight (8) credit hours for wildlife students and ten (10) credit hours for forestry students. The estimated cost of tuition and fees*, billed by credit hour is:

Alabama resident: 8 Credits – $4,110, 10 Credits – $4,920
Non-resident: 8 credits – $10,654  10 credits, $13,108

Full time is 12 credit hours for summer term, and is calculated over both mini-mesters.  If you choose to take classes the second mini-mester, just four additional credit hours brings you to full time, and any hours over that are billed at the full time rate. Tuition fees are paid to Auburn University.

Estimated cost of full-time summer tuition and fees* (12 hours):

Alabama resident: $5,746
Non-resident: $15,562

* includes registration fee and proration fee.

Summer 2020 Practicum Fees

Practicum fees are paid to the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. Fees are approximate and subject to change.

Note: A single check may be used to pay the fees listed in this web site, however the amounts shown are estimates therefore the  AMOUNT OF THE CHECK SHOULD BE LEFT BLANK UNTIL PAYMENT TIME.

Practicum fees are to be paid at the Dixon Center on May 11, 2020, for Forestry students. Guidelines for payment for Wildlife students will be given at the practicum orientation.

Wildlife students – 6 week Practicum  (May 11 – June 19)
Tech fee                                                                                           = $    30.00
Room & board (including tax) is $40.00 per day X 40         = $1603.65
Damage deposit (refundable)                                                     = $  150.00 **
TOTAL                                                                                       = $ 1783.65                      

Forestry students 8 week Practicum (May 11 – July 3)
Tech fee                                                                                        = $     30.00
Room & board (including tax) is $40.00 per day X 54      = $ 2163.65
Damage deposit (refundable)                                                  = $   150.00 **
Equipment fees including tax:                                                 = $   326.11 ****
TOTAL                                                                                    = $2669.76                                                                                                                                                                   

**Damage Deposit – This is a refundable damage deposit that will be returned after the conclusion of Summer Practicum after damage assessments of facilities are complete.

****Equipment Fees – The final cost of Forestry Equipment fees has not yet been determined and the fee above is an approximation only. Final cost will be a function of the retail prices at time of purchase.


Required for Forestry students

Available for purchase at practicum:

  • Logger’s tape 100 ft. Cruiser’s vest. Engineer’s scale.
  • Sunnto Clinometer (percent and topographic)
  • Lab manual for FORY 3020 and FORY 3050
  • U.S.G.S. Dixie Quadrangle & Symbol Sheet
  • Mesavage & Girard Volume Tables
  • Leitz Field Book, Journal Book
  • Compass, prism, ear plugs
  • Graph paper, ruler, 3-H pencils, protractors and circles, triangles​

These items should be purchased PRIOR to practicum (will not be available on-site):

  • Hand-held calculator that will perform trig and metric functions (for field work). These can be purchased at Walmart.
  • The following 4 books, available from the AU Book Store, Anders Book Store or;
  1. Kirkman, Brown and Leopold. 2007. “Native Trees of the Southeast – An Identification Guide”. Timber Press. (ISBN 13:978-0-88192-828-01)
  2. Burkhart, Avery and Bullock. Forest Measurements. 6th Edition
  3. Leopold, Aldo. 1970. A Sand County Almanac. 1st Edition Ballantine. (ISBN 9780345345059)
  4. Writing in the Biological Sciences. 6th Edition McMillan (ISBN 978-1-319-04713-9)

Required for wildlife students (not available on-site):

Backpack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, pencils, multi-tool/pocket knife, binoculars, ID books (plants, birds, etc.), notebooks (’write in the rain’ notebooks are best), calculator, bath towel, laundry detergent, and checkbook. Clothing appropriate for field work (long sleeves, long pants).

Recommended for forestry AND wildlife students (not available on-site):

  • Leather boots, 6 inch or higher (2 pairs are recommended)
  • Poncho or other rain gear
  • Insect repellent (several containers)
  • Snake leggings (optional)
  • Camelpak
  • A set of old clothes and a pair of old shoes for Forested Wetland Field Tour
  • Clipboard, Stick/Flash drive, Flashlight and batteries
  • Laptop computer; wireless service is available.

Other essential and more expensive equipment will be checked out to students. Students will be financially responsible for any lost or damaged equipment and property. Some equipment will be checked out to crews. In such cases, the crew as a whole shares responsibility for loss or damage.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at