The Associate of Science (AS) degree, with an emphasis in Forestry, provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of forestry and forest management. This set of classes satisfies the requirements for an AS degree and also meets the lower division requirements at Oregon State University (OSU) for a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. There is a signed articulation agreement with the Forestry Department at Oregon State University that allows students who complete this AS degree and two additional courses to enter OSU as a junior in the forestry program.

The management option focuses on the biological, ecological and economic characteristics of forests and society. Students gain knowledge and experience in active forest management, including monitoring the health of forests and natural resources, maintaining species inventory, timber cruising, planning and executing harvesting operations, focusing on conservation and sustainability of natural resources such as wildlife, and protecting the forest from harmful weeds, insects, disease, erosion and fire.

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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 93 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:

WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4
MTH95Intermediate Algebra (or placement in higher math course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
F111 Introduction to Forestry 4
College Algebra
or College Algebra w/Honors
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
BI202 Introductory Biology 4
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
or Trigonometry w/Honors
F241 Dendrology 5
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
WR227 Report Writing 3
Specific Elective 1 3
Second Year
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
ENV235 Introduction to Soil Science 4
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
PH201 Gen Physics I: Mechanics 5
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
F250 Forest Biology 4
Internship: Forestry
or Internship: Natural Resources
Specific Elective 2 3
F251 Recreation Resource Management 4
MTH241 Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I 4
Specific Elective 3 3
Specific Elective 4 3
 Total Credits90-92

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Integrate technical field skills with analytical skills to identify important forest management challenges and identify potential solutions for these problems.
  • Explain and discuss important current issues, and social and political components of forest management in the United States and other countries.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in forest surveying, recreation management, soil science, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spreadsheet applications.
  • Identify important tree species in the Pacific Northwest.