The Certificate of Completion Forest Technology can be completed within one year and is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the forestry field in supervised positions such as forester aides, surveyor assistant, measurement technician, and field mapping aide.

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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.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to Southwestern's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with Southwestern’s certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Forest Technology can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 46 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. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion Forest Technology 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:

MTH55Introductory Technical Mathematics (MTH20 may be taken in place of this course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4
CIS120Concepts of Computing (or demonstrate proficiency)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
ENV235 Introduction to Soil Science 4
F111 Introduction to Forestry 4
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 1 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
F280 CWE: Forestry 1
FE209 Forest Photogrammetry & Intro to Remote Sensing 4
MTH80 Technical Mathematics I 2 4
F223 Forest Measurements 4
F241 Dendrology 5
F251 Recreation Resource Management 4
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3 3
 Total Credits46

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.

Program Notes

Students who are receiving Financial Aid Funds and wishing to receive the Forest Technology Certificate, in addition to the AS Forestry Emphasis, will need to petition for a dual major.