Forest Engineering, Associate of Science
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.
This degree was designed to transfer to Oregon State University's College of Forestry. Other transfer options may be available, consult your advisor for details. 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.
Students must complete a minimum of 98 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 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).
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.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details.
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|ENV235||Introduction to Soil Science||4|
|F111||Introduction to Forestry||3|
|MTH251||Calculus I Differential Calculus||4|
|PH211||General Physics with Calculus I||5|
|F222A||Elementary Forest Surveying||4|
|MTH252||Calculus II Integral Calculus||4|
|PH212||General Physics with Calculus II||5|
|MTH243||Intro to Probability and Statistics||4|
|PE231||Wellness for Life||3|
|Difference, Power, and Discrimination 1||3|
|CHEM221||General Chemistry I||5|
|GEOG265||Intro to Geographical Info Systems||4|
|MTH254||Vector Calculus I||4|
|SP111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|Literature and Arts 2||3|
|ENGR213||Strength of Materials||3|
|Cultural Diversity 3||3|
|Western Culture 4||3|
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.