Forest Technology Courses

Forestry Equipment & Safety Operation


Introduction to safety and procedures for equipment operation and maintenance in timber harvesting and sawmill industries.  1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.



Classification, identification, and distribution of woody plants in the United States. Emphasizes species of local commercial importance. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Forest Mensuration


Measurement of standing trees, logs and other cut wood products. Calculating the contents of these products in terms of board feet, cubic feet, cords, and pounds. Measuring growth in trees and forests. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Forest Surveying I


Introduction to surveying, including the fundamentals of plane surveying and the use and care of equipment. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.



Basic techniques of photogrammetry (the use of photographs in surveying and forest measurement), photo interpretation. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.

Advanced Forest Mensuration


Theory and techniques to determine the quality of logs and trees. Estimating volumes of large timber areas by different sampling techniques. The use and interpretation of aerial photos in forest surveys. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): FOR113. Spring Only.

Forest Ecology


Introduction to ecology, upon which the management of forest and wildlife resources may be used. Topics increase understanding of the ecological relationship of forest and wildlife communities. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.

Forest Products


Introduction to the myriad of products that come from wood fiber. Topics include sawmilling and lumber conversion, "value added" secondary products, veneer manufacturing, plywood and composite products, paper production, wood sample identification, kiln drying, wood products marketing concepts and lumber exportation. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and FOR103. (Writing Enriched)

Forest Surveying II


Theory and practice of plane surveying techniques used in property and boundary surveys, map making, construction surveys, and computations. Emphasizes the use of these techniques in forestry. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): FOR120. Fall Only.



Forestry practices and systems used to grow and manage trees and forests for the sustained production of timber products. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): FOR111. Spring Only.

Forest Recreation


Development, construction, and maintenance of recreation facilities in a forest environment. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.

An Introduction to GIS/GPS


Overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology as it pertains to forest technology. Emphasis on the GIS technology of ARC VIEW and ARC INFO. Enables the student to move back and forth between Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology dealing with the manipulation of data using computerized software data and GPS applications which utilize location data via the 24 satellites that orbit the Earth. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CSC124 and MTH180 or CSC124 and MTH124. Fall Only.

Wildlife Management


Natural history and environmental impact of animals and nature to Pennsylvania and other parts of the world. Emphasis on wildlife's influence on the forest. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Forest Land Management


Basic concepts of managing publicly and privately owned forestlands used for more than one purpose (for example, recreation and logging). Course work demonstrates the importance of managing the land for recreation, wildlife and water.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) (Writing Enriched) Spring Only.

Forest Protection


Overview of factors affecting the health of trees in forest and urban environments. Major topics include forest disease, insects and fire. Diseases covered include those caused by biotic pathogens and abiotic stressors, including root rots, wilts, cankers, rusts, and decays. Particular attention is paid to insect activity that is directly related to tree health and subsequent loss of wood fiber. Topics include gypsy moth, hemlock wooly adelgid, scale, wood boring insects, and defoliating insects. PA 130 Certification (Level One) forest fire training is included. PA DCNR (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) personnel conduct this training, consisting of a day of lecture followed by a controlled burn laboratory exercise. Successful completion of this certification allows students to fight forest fires in the state of Pennsylvania. Forest management discussion includes silvicultural treatments, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), fire, and how these tools are utilized to maintain forest health and productivity. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Timber Harvesting and Equipment


Basic planning, maintenance and operation of logging equipment and machinery while conducting a harvest operation whereby trees are safely felled, limbed and bucked into their highest economic values utilizing Best Management Practices (BMP) where applicable. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): FOR103. Fall Only.

Natural Gas Plays and Environmental Awareness


Topics such as dendrology, forest protection, wildlife habitat, forest ecology, harvesting, forest recreation, soils and hydrology, and GPS/GIS technology are covered as they pertain to the natural gas play development. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed.


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