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Forestry Management Technology

Forestry Management Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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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 education degree program in Forestry Management Technology is accreditated by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) through 2028.

More information about HGTC's accreditations.

Career Outlook

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, GIS/GPS, 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
  • International Paper Company
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Canal Wood Corporation
  • Canfor - New South, Inc.
  • Collum Lumber Company
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • American Forest Management
  • Brigman & Associates
  • Weyerhauser Corporation
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • USDI National Park Service
  • S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • S. C. Electric & Gas
  • Resource Solutions, Inc.
  • WestRock

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Forestry Management Technology Department Program Mission Statement  The mission of the Department, the Programs and its faculty is to support the broader College’s goals as detailed above, but also provide a comprehensive silviculturally based environmental education that recognizes the broad multiple uses demanded from the forest environments of South Carolina, the Southeastern United States and the nation.  

  • We want our graduates to recognize how their daily decisions will have a lasting impact on the social, cultural, economic, and environment fabric of our state, region and country.
  • Their natural resource decision making process must be based on the highest professional and ethical standards for the long term protection and promotion of a high demand resource.
  • We strive to prepare well trained forest, wildlife and natural resource technicians for both public and private sector employers and promote career opportunities for our graduates.  

For more information, contact:
Charles Granger - (843) 349-5189

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
FOR 102 Multiple Use of Forest Lands 3
FOR 130 Dendrology 3
FOR 154 Mensuration 3
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I 3
NRM 106 Spreadsheet and Word Processing for Natural Resource Professionals 1
  TOTAL 16
Second Semester - Spring    
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
FOR 156 Timber Cruising and Marketing 3
FOR 269 Forestry, Statistics, and Data Processing 3
HRT 255 Urban Tree Care 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
FOR 220 SCWE in Forestry "Internship" 5
FOR 222 Forestry Portfolio 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
FOR 206 Forest Ecology 3
FOR 265 Equipment and Timber Harvesting 4
FOR 271 Silviculture 4
NRM 207 Geographic Information Systems I (GIS) 3
PSY 103 Human Relations 3
  TOTAL 17
Fifth Semester - Spring    
FOR 263 Forest Management 4
FOR 268 Forest Protection Practices 4
HRT 150 Arboriculture I 3
NRM 201 Soil Fertility and Plant Production  
NRM 209 Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing 3
  TOTAL 14



*Students continuing toward a Bachelors degree: ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160. Consult your academic advisor.