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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.

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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 99 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 Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH95Intermediate Algebra (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BA250 Small Business Management Entrepreneurship 3
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
ENV235 Introduction to Soil Science 4
Introduction to Forestry
or Watershed Processes
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 4
BI202 Introductory Biology 4
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
BA213 Principles of Accounting III Managerial Accounting 4
BA230 Business Law 4
F241 Dendrology 5
Specific Elective 1 3
Second Year
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
MTH111 College Algebra 4
PH201 Gen Physics I: Mechanics 5
WR121 English Composition 3
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
F250 Forest Biology 4
MTH112 Trigonometry 4
ENGR112 Engineering Computation 3
Specific Elective 2 3
Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I
or Calculus I Differential Calculus
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
WR227 Report Writing 3
Specific Elective 3 3
Specific Elective 4 3
 Total Credits100


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.