The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Field Surveying and Mapping can be completed in two terms. Students completing this certificate will gain a basic knowledge and the skills to be employed in an entry-level position in the forestry field.

Click here to learn how this Career Pathway Certificate can lead to an AAS Forestry degree.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in the program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Career Pathway Certificate of Completion: Field Surveying and Mapping is awarded.

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:

CIS120Concepts of Computing (or demonstrate proficiency)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
FE209 Forest Photogrammetry & Intro to 4
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
F223 Forest Measurements 4
 Total Credits15

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss important forest management challenges and potential solutions.
  • Discuss characteristics of regional forests, field techniques, and management practices.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in forest surveying, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spreadsheet applications.