2024-2025 Catalog

Forestry Technology Associate of Applied Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Academic Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a two-year AAS Degree in Forestry Technology and enter the workforce. Students explore GIS applications, tree care, soils, forestry research and harvesting, water movement, and wildlife and fisheries management. The Forestry Technology program teaches the principles of forest science and related fields, conduct forestry field research, and gain field skills in hydrology and soil science. This program prepares students for entry-level careers in forestry technology.

Learn more about this program.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program you will be able to:
 1.  Identify regionally important forest vegetation by genus and species
 2.  Describe four basic silvicultural systems and harvest practices
 3.  Understand and demonstrate ability to manage forest resources for diverse user groups and management objectives including interpreting and implementing prescriptions for forest health treatments, wildland fire, prescribed fire, and logging
 4.  Explain the concept of forest succession, the silvics of different species, and how the abiotic and biotic components of the ecosystem affect each other
 5.  Identify threats to the forest ecosystem including fire, insects, and diseases, and describe management strategies for each
 6.  Demonstrate competency in forest inventorying methods and measurements, including tree diameter at breast height (DBH) and height, as well as forest basal area
 7.  Complete survey, mapping, and orienteering exercises
 8.  Apply technology (remote sensing and GIS) to collect and interpret forest data
 9.  Demonstrate proficiency with a chainsaw, tractors, ATV, and woods safety
10.  Complete an internship and job skills workshop

First Semester

NRE 1100Foundations of Forestry


MAT 1140 or HigherCareer Mathematics (MAT 1140) or higher


NRE 1021Introduction to Hydrology


ENG 1021 or ENG 1022 or ENG 1031English Composition I (ENG 1021), or English Composition II (ENG 1022), or Technical Writing I (ENG 1031)


ELECTIVE Career/Academic Readiness (NRE 1001) or Any Forestry Degree Elective*


ELECTIVE Wilderness Education (NRE 2065) or Principles Outdoor Recreation (REC 2010) or Any Forestry Degree Elective*


Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

NRE 2205Wildlife & Fisheries Management


GIS 1001Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


NRE 1110Forestry Field Techniques


HLT 2140Introductory Soil Science


ELECTIVE Environmental Education (NRE 2025) or Ecology: Field Study (NRE 2000) or Any Forestry Degree Elective*


Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

NRE 2015Fire Ecology


BIO 2121Botany w/Lab: GT-SC1


HLT 2011Arboriculture


GENERAL EDUCATIONAny Art (ART), Any Communication (COM), Any Biology (BIO), Any World Language Course (1001 or higher), or Any GT Pathways Course


Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Note: Upon completion of GIS 1001, GIS 2010 or GIS 2012, and any emphasis course, you should apply for the Natural Resources Geographic Information Systems GIS Certificate.

Upon completion of NRE 1100, NRE 1110, and any emphasis course, you should apply for the Forestry Certificate.

Upon completion of NRE 2205, NRE 1214, and 3-5 credits of elective (select one course from AQT 2008, BIO 2122, NRE 2000, NRE 2204, NRE 2025, NRE 2030, NRE 2245, or NRE 2080), you should apply for the Wildlife Certificate.

Fourth Semester

GENERAL EDUCATIONAny Art (ART), Any Communication (COM), Any Biology (BIO), Any World Language Course (1001 or higher), or Any GT Pathways Course


GIS 2012GIS Remote Sensing - Digital Image


NRE 2028Forest Harvesting


NRE 2080Internship


ELECTIVE Intermediate GIS (GIS 2010) or Environmental Education (NRE 2025) or Any Forestry Degree Elective*


Total Credit Hours:15
Semester Note: Upon completion of NRE 2025, NRE 1100 or NRE 2205, and any emphasis course, you should apply for the Environmental Education Certificate.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

To fulfill Forestry AAS degree requirements, you must complete a minimum of 8 Forestry AAS degree elective credits. In addition, students may not apply more than 6 credits in Internship or Independent Study programs to any AAS degree pathway in Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources. 

*Forestry AAS Degree electives: BIO 1111, BIO 1112, BIO 2122, CHE 1011, ENV 1111, any FSW course, GIS 2010, NRE 1001, NRE 1214, NRE 2000, NRE 2204, NRE 2025, NRE 2030, NRE 2032, NRE 2065, NRE 2078, NRE 2085, OUT 1250, OUT 1255, OUT 1260, OUT 2043, REC 2010, REC 2011, or REC 2012.

If you take MAT 1150 or MAT 1340 or more credits in mathematics than are listed, it will increase the total credits for the degree. 

You must complete a minimum of 60 credits to complete this degree. If receiving financial aid, you should only take courses and credits as required for this degree. Check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress.