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Forest engineering prepares graduates to plan and implement complex forestry and natural resource operations that help meet global demands for wood products while sustaining water, habitat, and other forest resources.

Check out the Forestry/Natural Resources program website!

The forestry field is projected to have many career opportunities coming up in the next decade as many forestry and natural resources professionals retire in the next few years. Students who enjoy working outdoors and want to have a career that focuses on managing our valuable forest lands to conserve and protect resources as well as produce valuable products for society should consider this degree.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 96 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.

Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details.

CIS90Computer Basics2
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4
MTH95Intermediate Algebra4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENV235 Introduction to Soil Science 4
F111 Introduction to Forestry 4
MTH251 Calculus I Differential Calculus 4
PH211 General Physics w/Calculus I 5
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
F250 Forest Biology 4
MTH252 Calculus II Integral Calculus 4
PH212 General Physics w/Calculus II 5
F241 Dendrology 5
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
Specific Elective 1 3
Second Year
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
ENGR211 Statics 3
MTH254 Vector Calculus I 4
ENGR212 Dynamics 3
MTH256 Differential Equations 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
WR121 English Composition 3
Specific Elective 2 3
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
ENGR213 Strength of Materials 3
WR227 Report Writing 3
Specific Elective 3 3
Specific Elective 4 3
 Total Credits96


 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Develop engineered forest operations that achieve silvicultural objectives
  • Develop engineered forest operations that appropriately protect soil and water resources.
  • Survey and measure land and forest resources so that the engineering tasks associated with forest operations can be effectively completed.
  • Provide designs and manage the forest transportation in a way that meets the needs of forest land management with societally acceptable environmental impact.
  • Plan and manage safe, economic and environmentally sound forest operations.
  • Incorporate long term forest land management and operational planning in an environmental and economic context into forest operation plans.