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.

Click here to learn how this Certificate of Completion can lead to an AS in Forestry.

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 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a '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:

WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy
MTH55Introductory Technical Mathematics 14
CIS120Concepts of Computing (or demonstrate proficiency)4

MTH20 Basic Mathematics may be taken in place of MTH55 Introductory Technical Mathematics.

Program Guide

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

MTH60 Algebra I or higher may be substituted for MTH80 Technical Mathematics I.


BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams, BA120 Leadership DevelopmentPSY100 Introduction to Psychology, PSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for BA285 Human Relations in Organizations.

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.