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Swainsboro Campus
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Swainsboro Campus
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Forest Technology Diploma

Offered at the Following Campus

Program Overview

The Forest Technology Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers as forest technicians. The program will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to obtain employment with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Department of Natural Resources, timber dealers, chemical companies, tree nurseries, satellite system companies (GPS), pole and sawtimber mills, and private consultants. The program emphasizes timber cruising, global positioning system operation, geographical information systems, silvicultural systems, timber harvesting, tree planting, tree and plant identification, best management practices, sustainable forestry initiatives, forest protection, forest products, soils, mapping, and safety.

The standard curriculum for the Forest Technology diploma program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the Forest Technology degree program every semester. The program generally takes 4 or more semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 54 credit hours.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Course Overview

Contact Minutes
Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (54 hours)
General Core Courses (10 hours)

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include:  Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
3
2250
(Prerequisite: ENGL 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score AND READ 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score) Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
3
2250

(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Occupational Courses (44 hours)
3
3750
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Introduces the fundamentals of forestry and natural resources. Topics include history of forestry, importance of forestry, forest safety, harvesting equipment, and natural resource careers.
FORS
1020
3
3750
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Introduces the role of forest soils and hydrology in the forest ecosystem and the importance of forest soil properties as they relate to modern forestry practices. Topics include forest soil formation, forest soil properties and site productivity, soils and silvicultural recommendations, fertilization, soil hydrology, and erosion sedimentation.
FORS
1030
3
5250
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Provides the basis for a fundamental understanding of the taxonomy and identification of trees and shrubs. Topics include tree and shrub classification, tree and shrub identification, tree and shrub structure identification, and leaf structure identification.
FORS
1040
3
3750
(Prerequisite: None) Provides experience in identification and control of destructive and harmful agents in the forest environment. Topics include detrimental growth factors; biological and economic factors of forest pests, chemical pest control; classification and description of wildfires; and fire fighting methods, tools and equipment.
4
4500
(Prerequisite: Program admission) (Co-requisite: MATH 1012 - Foundations of Mathematics) Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of land surveying and mapping and the use of surveying and mapping instruments. Topics include surveying and mapping equipment, surveying, surveying and mapping methods, deed search and tract location.
4
4500
(Prerequisite: FORS 1160, MATH 1012) Focuses on application of the fundamental principles and practices of land surveying and mapping and the use of surveying and mapping instruments. Emphasizes areas of plane and boundary surveying and area determination. Topics include global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information systems (GIS), area determination, developing maps, and aerial photography.
4
5250
(Prerequisite: Program admission) (Co-requisite: MATH 1012) Emphasizes identification of primary and secondary forest products and their manufacturing processes and uses and fixed plot method of statistical sampling. Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of timber cruising. Topics include history of forest products manufacturing, raw forest resource identification, importance of forest measurements, forest measurement tools and equipment, forest measurement methods, and cruising and scaling methods.
4
4500
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Provides an overview of the activities that are involved in regeneration and maintenance of forest stands. Topics include timber stand improvement methods, regeneration methods, and environmental impact of silvicultural practices.
FORS
1410
4
4500
(Prerequisite: FORS 1260) (Co-requisite: MATH 1012) Focuses on the application of the fundamental principles and practices of timber cruising. Emphasizes fixed plot and prism method of statistical sampling. Topics include map construction, cruising methods, and volume determination.
FORS
2460
6
6750
(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: FORS 1260, FORS 1310) Introduces the techniques of multiple-use forest resource management. Topics include multiple-use management, prescribed burning, site preparation methods, logging, forest management plan, land ownership, and timber marking.
Choose One (3 hours)
3
3750
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Develops a basic understanding of the classification of animals and habitat. Emphasizes effects of forest management on wildlife. Topics include animal classification, adaptation, and evolution; population parameters; basic principles of game management; and managing the forest for wildlife.
3
6750
(Prerequisite: None) Focuses on the application and reinforcement of forest technology skills in an actual workplace environment. Students are acquainted with occupational responsibilities through realistic work situations and are provided with insights into forestry applications on the job. Topics include problem solving, adaptability to the job setting, use of proper interpersonal skills, application of forest technology skills in a workplace setting, and professional development.