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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

Thompson School of Applied Science


Forest Technology (FORT)


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Professor: Matthew C. Chagnon, Donald W. Quigley

Students in the forest technology (FORT) program are uniquely prepared for careers in the forest industries and natural resource management in New Hampshire and New England. Classroom lecture is supported by practical field work in each of the subject areas. The curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (the first two-year program in the U.S. to earn this designation) and reviewed by an advisory committee representing the full spectrum of forestry organizations in the region. There is a strong emphasis on leadership, safety, communication skills, accuracy of field work, data collection, and professional presentation. Unique facilities for teaching and learning include centrally located classroom and shop facilities; 3,000+ acres of University-owned forest land; a new sawmill and Forest Industries Training Center (FITC); logging equipment; technologically advanced navigation, data collection, and analysis equipment; and a faculty with vast field experience in the subject areas dedicated to teaching. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the forest technology program area must present college preparatory English and at least two years of satisfactory work in both college preparatory mathematics and science (one science being biology, with a lab). 

Curriculum Fee

Forest technology: $715*

*This one-time curriculum fee is required to cover lab materials, specialized equipment maintenance, and transportation that are unique to the applied nature of the concentration. The curriculum fee covers the entire two-year course of study for one concentration. Any non-TSAS student may be assessed specific course fees, details of which are included in each semester's Time and Room Schedule. All fees are subject to change.

Forest Technician

Forest technicians help plan, direct, and operate forestry enterprises. Students in the forest technician concentration experience a breadth and depth of instruction. They are exposed to the theory and practice of planting, thinning, and other silvicultural operations, including harvesting supervision. They learn how to design, lay out, and construct roads and trails; how to map and survey property; how to manage woodlands to improve timber quality and wildlife habitat, and how to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources. Graduates work in wood products-related industries, in public forestland management agencies, with forestry consulting firms or urban tree care companies, and with a range of conservation organizations. Graduates can become licensed in New Hampshire to practice forestry on private lands.

Career Opportunities:

Forestry consultant, forest fire control and use technician, mapping technician, geographic information systems/global positioning systems (GIS/GPS) technician, timber and log buyer, log scaler, lumber grader, sawmill technician, arborist, urban tree care specialist, timber cruiser/forest inventory technician, or forestry equipment/products sales representative.

Forest Technician Program of Study


First Year, Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
COM   209   Expository Writing and Reading   4  
FORT   461   Dendrology   3  
FORT   463   Forest Ecology   2  
FORT   463A   Forest Ecology Lab   1  
FORT   465   Forest Orientation Seminar   1  
MTH   203   Algebra and Trigonometry   3  
TSAS   405   Computers in the Workplace   2  

First Year, Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
FORT   460   Forest Mapping   2  
FORT   466   Forest Surveying   4  
FORT   470   Applied Silviculture   4  
FORT   475   Forestry Field Practices   1  
SSCI   202   Social Issues   4  

Second Year, Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
COM   210   Public Speaking   3  
FORT   569   Wildlife Ecology and Conservation   3  
FORT   572   Mensuration   4  
FORT   577   Forest Harvesting Systems   4  
FORT   581   Remote Sensing and GIS for Foresters   3  
FORT   597   Forestry Work Experience   0  
    Elective OR   2 - 3  
FORT   564   Arboriculture   3  

Second Year, Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
FORT   567   Leadership, Supervision and Safety   2  
FORT   573   Management Operations and Analysis   3  
FORT   574   Industrial Forest Management Tour   1  
FORT   576   Forest Products   4  
FORT   578   Forest Insects and Diseases   2  
FORT   579   Forest Fire Control and Use   2  
    Elective(s)   2 - 4  

Total: 65 - 69 credits

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