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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.

The forest restoration and fire option focuses on managing for forest disturbance processes including wildfire, landslides, insects and disease. Graduates will have the knowledge and the skillset to incorporate natural processes, including disturbance, into active forest management planning. This option prepares students to prevent or mitigate damage resulting from disturbances or to use disturbance processes purposefully to achieve management objectives. Disturbance processes are important considerations in any actively managed forest, regardless of the specific management objective. These skills will be particularly important for managing forests at the landscape scale and in the face of uncertainty and rapid change including in climate or land use patterns.

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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 90 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
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
ENV235 Introduction to Soil Science 4
Introduction to Forestry
or Managing Natural Res for the Future
MTH111 College Algebra 4
BI202 Introductory Biology 4
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
MTH112 Trigonometry 4
F241 Dendrology 5
Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I
or Calculus I Differential Calculus
Principles of Emergency Services
or Fire Behavior and Combust
or Wildland Firefighter Type 2
or Principles of Fire and Emergency S
Specific Elective 1 3
Second Year
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
PH201 Gen Physics I: Mechanics 5
WR121 English Composition 3
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
F250 Forest Biology 4
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
Specific Elective 2 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
WR227 Report Writing 3
Internship: Forestry
or Internship: Natural Resources
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.