Forestry Management/Operations Management, Associate of Science
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.
Students in the operations option focus on the business and timber harvesting side of forestry. Students learn how to actively manage lands with economic efficiency and with evolving markets and policy to provide timber and fiber for the nation. To achieve program goals, the curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations.
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 103 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:
- 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.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|MTH95||Intermediate Algebra (or placement in higher math course)||4|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|BA250||Small Business Management Entrepreneurship||3|
|CHEM221||General Chemistry I||5|
|ENV235||Introduction to Soil Science||4|
|F111||Introduction to Forestry 5||3|
|PE231||Wellness for Life||3|
|BA212||Principles of Accounting II||4|
|GEOG265||Intro to Geographical Info Systems||4|
|MTH243||Intro to Probability and Statistics||4|
|BA213||Principles of Accounting III||4|
|Difference, Power, and Discrimination 1||3|
|PH201||General Physics I: Mechanics||5|
|F222A||Elementary Forest Surveying||4|
|Literature and the Arts 2||3|
|Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I
or Calculus I Differential Calculus
|SP111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|Cultural Diversity 3||3|
|Western Culture 4||3|
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.