Forest Technology, A.S.

Program Code: 2FORT_AS

Program Description

The objectives of the major are to train forestry field personnel in the technical aspects of evaluating, managing, and protecting forest resources. Laboratories held in the Michaux State Forest, adjacent to Penn State Mont Alto, stress field applications of classroom theory. Written and oral communication skills are stressed in all courses. Graduates of the program are employed by private businesses including forestry consulting firms, sawmills, and other wood products manufacturers; public agencies including federal, state, and municipal forest resource management and recreation programs; urban tree service companies, pulp and paper manufacturers, surveying firms and landscaping firms, utility companies, and other businesses requiring personnel skilled in field inventory procedures, analysis, and presentation.

Some graduates transfer their credits to bachelor's degree programs such as forest ecosystem management, wildlife and fisheries science, recreation park and tourism management, biorenewable systems, environmental resource management, plant sciences, biology, and business management.

What is Forest Technology?

Forest Technology involves the study of forestry, the science of forest ecosystems, their function, and their conservation and sustainable management. This includes learning about trees, plants, forests, and the wildlife and people that use them; identifying, measuring and sampling, mapping and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); learning about wood properties, forest insects, diseases, and the effects of fire; and how to best manage them.

You Might Like this Program If...

  • You enjoy being outdoors and want a career working outside
  • You have a desire to help the forest environments and the wildlife and people that depend on them
  • You want to contribute to the sustainable use and management of natural resources

Entrance to Major

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Forest Technology, a minimum of 64 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 58

15 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GN; 3 credits of GS; 3 credits of GQ; 6 credits of GWS.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement   

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
BIOL 127Introduction to Plant Biology Keystone/General Education Course3
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
FORT 100Introduction to Forestry1
FORT 140Forest Surveying3
FORT 170Forest Harvesting and Operations3
FORT 175Forest Products Industry Tour1
FORT 200Wood Identification and Properties1
FORT 220Forest Ecosystem Protection4
FORT 230Introduction to Remote Sensing2
FORT 240Forest Soils and Hydrology3
FORT 250Forest Management Practices3
GEOG 160Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 161Applied Geographic Information Systems1
MATH 21College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FORT 105Forest Measurements3
FORT 150Dendrology3
FORT 110Forest Inventories3
FORT 160Silvicultural Practices3
Additional Courses
MGMT 100WSurvey of Management3
or MGMT 301W Basic Management Concepts
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Arboriculture
GIS for Natural Resources Management
Introduction to Wildlife Management
Outdoor Recreation

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Mont Alto

Craig T. Houghton
Instructor and Program Coordinator
221 Science Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802
717-749-6239
cth2@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Forest Technology, A.S. at Mont Alto Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
FORT 1001FORT 110*3FORT 1703
FORT 105*3FORT 1403FORT 1751
FORT 150*3FORT 160*3 
GEOG 1603BIOL 1273 
GEOG 1611General Educaton Course (GA or GH)3 
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3  
MATH 21‡†3  
 17 15 4
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
FORT 2001FORT 2403 
FORT 2103FORT 2503 
FORT 2204FORT 2603 
FORT 2302WILDL 1013 
MGMT 100W3CAS 1003 
WILDL 2073  
General Education Course (GA or GH)3  
 19 15 
Total Credits 70

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Career Paths

The Forest Technology degree prepares you for an outdoor-oriented career with opportunities in public and private forestry and in the green industry, providing tree and plant health care.

VISIT THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS CAREER CENTER

VISIT THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ARBORICULTURE JOB BANK

Professional Resources

Accreditation

In the United States, programmatic accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Academic programs volunteer to undergo this comprehensive review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met. Accreditation is not a ranking system. It is simply assurance that a degree program meets quality standards established by the profession. The Society of American Foresters is responsible for the accreditation of postsecondary degree-granting programs in forestry, urban forestry, natural resources and ecosystem management, and forest technology. Many academic programs across the country offer a diversity of options or curriculum choices within a degree program -- not all are accredited. The listings on the Society of American Foresters website categorize accredited curricular options within degree programs according to the standard under which they are accredited and candidate curricular options under the standard for which they have candidacy status.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCREDITATION BY THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS

Contact

Mont Alto

FOREST TECHNOLOGY
1 Campus Drive
717-749-6239
cth2@psu.edu

http://montalto.psu.edu/forestry