Forestry Management Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree
If you like to work independently outdoors, you might want to consider the Forestry Management Technology program. The only accredited associate degree program of its kind in South Carolina, the HGTC Forestry Management Technology program trains students for the position of forest technician, a middle-management professional who is qualified to work alongside a graduate professional forester.
The educational program in Forestry Management Techonology leading to an Associate in Applied Science is a candidate program with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Full accreditation is being sought in 2017.
For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.
A forest technician has the technical knowledge and ability to supervise timber sales
and logging operations; conduct field research; implement practices that will enhance
timber growth; work in tree-nursery operations; survey land; inventory timber volumes;
manage sawmill operations; and sell wood products. Graduates of the Forestry Management
Technology program are qualified for entry-level positions with federal natural-resource
agencies, state forestry and wildlife departments, pulp and timber companies, consulting
foresters, and other industries where the skills of surveying, timber cruising, map
drawing, and forest management are needed.
Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas: TOP Logger, South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, First Aid and CPR.
Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:
- South Carolina Forestry Commission
- MeadWestvaco Corporation
- International Paper Company
- USDA Forest Service
- Canal Wood Corporation
- Canfor - New South, Inc.
- Collum Lumber Company
- Georgia-Pacific Corporation
- American Forest Management
- Brigman & Associates
- Weyerhauser Corporation
- North Carolina Forest Service
- USDI National Park Service
- S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism
- South Carolina Electric & Gas
- Resource Solutions, Incorporated
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.
Public Disclosure Information
|First Semester - Fall|
|ENG 155||Communications I*||3|
|FOR 102||Multiple Use of Forest Lands||3|
|FOR 118||Forest Drafting||2|
|MAT 101||Beginning Algebra*||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|FOR 106||Computer Applications in Natural Resource Professions||3|
|ENG 160||Technical Communications*||3|
|FOR 121||Woodland Safety and First Aid||1|
|FOR 156||Timber Cruising and Marking||4|
|FOR 258||Forest Surveying and Engineering||4|
|IDS 105||Career Assessment Exploration||1|
|MAT 168||Introduction to Geometry Trigonometry||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|FOR 220||SCWE in Forestry||8|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|FOR 230||Forest Products||2|
|FOR 257||Forest Ecology||2|
|FOR 265||Equipment and Timber Harvesting||4|
|FOR 269||Forest Statistics and Data Processing**||3|
|PSY 103||Human Relations*||3|
|Fifth Semester - Spring|
|FOR 240||Mapping and Photo Interpretation||3|
|FOR 263||Forest Management||4|
|FOR 268||Forest Protection Practices||4|
|HRT 255||Urban Tree Care||3|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
*Students continuing toward a Bachelors degree: ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 is recommended in place of MAT 101 or MAT 120; MAT 120 in place of FOR 269; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103. Consult your academic advisor.