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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

Thompson School of Applied Science


Forest Technology (FORT)


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Professor: Matthew C. Chagnon, Donald W. Quigley

Students in the Forest Technology program are uniquely prepared for careers in the forest industries and natural resource management in New Hampshire and New England. Classroom lecture is backed up by practical field work in each of the subject areas. The curriculum is recognized by the Society of American Foresters and reviewed by an advisory committee representing the full spectrum of forestry organizations in the region. There is 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 sawmill, logging equipment, technologically advanced navigation, data collection and analysis equipment, and a faculty dedicated to teaching with vast field experience in the subject areas.

Admissions Requirement
Applicants to the Forest Technology specialization must present at least two years of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics and sciences (one of them being biology, with a lab).

Curriculum Fee
Forest Technology, specialization, $554*

*This one-time, nonrefundable curriculum fee is required to cover lab materials, specialized equipment maintenance, and transportation that is unique to the applied nature of the specialization. The curriculum fee covers the entire two-year course of study for one specialization. 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 specialization 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; and how to manage woodlands to improve timber quality, wildlife habitat and conserve soil, water, and other natural resources. Graduates work in the 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, fire control technician, mapping technician, GIS/GPS technician, timber and log buyer, log scaler, lumber grader, sawmill technician, arborist, urban tree care specialist, timber cruiser/forest inventory technician, forestry equipment/products sales.

Forest Technician Program of Study
First Year, Fall Semester
FORT 261, Dendrology, 3 cr.
FORT 263, Forest Ecology, 3 cr.
FORT 265, Forest Orientation Seminar, 1 cr.
FORT 283, Forestry Computer Applications, 1 cr.
COM 209, Expository Writing and Reading, 4 cr.
MTH 203, Algebra and Trigonometry, 3 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester
FORT 260, Forest Mapping, 2 cr.
FORT 266, Forest Surveying, 4 cr.
FORT 270, Applied Silviculture, 4 cr.
FORT 275, Forestry Field Practices, 1 cr.
FORT 280, Aerial Photography Interpretation and Geographic Information Systems, 3 cr.
SSCI 202, Social Issues, 4 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester
FORT 269, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, 3 cr.
FORT 272, Mensuration, 4 cr.
FORT 277, Logging, 4 cr.
FORT 297, Forestry Work Experience, 0 cr.
COM 210, Public Speaking, 2 cr.
COM 211, Critical Reading, 2 cr.
COM 212, Technical Writing, 2 cr.
SSCI 204, Leadership Effectiveness and Group Performance, 2 cr.
Electives, 2-4 cr.

Second Year, Spring Semester
FORT 273, Management Operations and Analysis, 3 cr.
FORT 274, Industrial Forest Management Tour, 1 cr.
FORT 276, Forest Products, 4 cr.
FORT 278, Forest Insects and Diseases, 2 cr.
FORT 279, Forest Fire Control and Use, 2 cr.
Electives, 2-4 cr.

Total: 65-69 credits

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