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 education degree program in Forestry Management Technology is accreditated by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) through 2028.
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.
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.
|First Semester - Fall||Course Title||Semester
|ENG 155||Communications I*||3|
|FOR 102||Multiple Use of Forest Lands||3|
|MAT 170||Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I||3|
|NRM 106||Spreadsheet and Word Processing for Natural Resource Professionals||1|
|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|
|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|
|NRM 207||Geographic Information Systems I (GIS)||3|
|PSY 103||Human Relations||3|
|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 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. Consult your academic advisor.|