Forest Technology A.A.S.

Thompson School students measuring trees in College Woods
Forest Technology A.A.S.

Live and learn both the contemporary and traditional methods of forestry in our Forest Technology Program, which is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). 

Important Notice

The Forest Technology associates degree program is continuing and will be more closely connected to the four-year Forestry program. 

Program Overview

Forest technicians help plan, direct, and operate forestry enterprises. Students in the forest technician concentration experience a breadth and depth of instruction. They are exposed to the theory and practice of planting, thinning, and other silvicultural operations, including harvesting supervision. They learn how to design, lay out, and construct roads and trails; how to map and survey property; how to manage woodlands to improve timber quality and wildlife habitat; how to inventory natural resources and develop a plan for their future management; how to identify and deal with forest health issues; and how to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources. Graduates work in wood products-related industries, in public forestland management agencies, with forestry consulting firms, urban tree care companies, and with a range of conservation organizations. Graduates can become licensed in New Hampshire to practice forestry on private lands.

Career Opportunities

Forestry consultant, forest fire control and use technician, mapping technician, geographic information systems/global positioning systems (GIS/GPS) technician, timber and log buyer, log scaler, lumber grader, sawmill technician, arborist, urban tree care specialist, timber cruiser/forest inventory technician, or forestry equipment/products sales representative.

Contact

Thompson School of Applied Science
34 Sage Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1025
  • Forest Technology alum Billy Kunelius shares his story about choosing the Thompson School, getting to know his faculty, gaining hands on experience and landing a job with a company he interned with while here at Thompson School.  After working for four years after graduation from high school, I was...
    Forest Technology alum Billy Kunelius shares his story about choosing the Thompson School, getting to know his faculty, gaining hands on experience and landing a job with a company he interned with while here at Thompson School.  After working for four years after graduation from high school, I was...

Curriculum & Requirements

Forest Technician Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
COM 209 Expository Writing and Reading 4
NR 425 Field Dendrology 4
FORT 463 Forest Ecology 3
FORT 465 Forest Orientation Seminar 1
MTH 203 Algebra and Trigonometry 3
TSAS 405A Computers in the Workplace/Focus on Software Applications 2
 Credits17
Spring
COM 210 Public Speaking 3
FORT 466 Forest Surveying and Mapping 4
FORT 470 Applied Silviculture 4
FORT 475 Forestry Field Practice 1
SSCI 202 Social Issues 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
FORT 569 Wildlife Ecology &Conservation 3
FORT 572 Mensuration 4
FORT 577 Forest Harvesting Systems 4
FORT 581 Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Techniques 4
FORT 597 Work Experience 0
Optional Coursework  
FORT 564
Arboriculture  
OR Optional Elective
 
 Credits15
Spring
ABM 404A
& ABM 404B
Introduction to Business I
and Introduction to Business II
4
FORT 567 Leadership,Supervision&Safety 2
FORT 573 Management Operation&Analysis 3
FORT 574 Industrial Forest Management Tour 1
FORT 576 Forest Products 4
FORT 578 Forest Insects & Diseases 2
FORT 579 Forest Fire Control and Use 2
 Credits18
 Total Credits66

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the Thompson School of Applied Science General Education requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of the Forest Technology program. Forest Technology students are required to take:

NR 425Field Dendrology4
FORT 463Forest Ecology3
FORT 465Forest Orientation Seminar1
FORT 466Forest Surveying and Mapping4
FORT 470Applied Silviculture4
FORT 475Forestry Field Practice1
FORT 567Leadership,Supervision&Safety2
FORT 569Wildlife Ecology &Conservation3
FORT 572Mensuration4
FORT 573Management Operation&Analysis3
FORT 574Industrial Forest Management Tour1
FORT 576Forest Products4
FORT 577Forest Harvesting Systems4
FORT 578Forest Insects & Diseases2
FORT 579Forest Fire Control and Use2
FORT 581Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Techniques4
FORT 597Work Experience0
ABM 404AIntroduction to Business I2
ABM 404BIntroduction to Business II2
TSAS 405AComputers in the Workplace/Focus on Software Applications2
Total Credits52

Explore Program Details

The graduation rate of students working toward a degree over the past ten years averages 78%.  Smaller class sizes allow a close watch on the students which helps with their success rates.  Most students who do

not make it to graduation leave because they discovered that forestry was not for them.  Many of these students transfer into other programs that are more suited to their interests.

The numbers of graduates from the Thompson School who choose to continue on for a baccalaureate degree (either here at UNH or elsewhere) frequently outnumber those entering the job market. This number ranges from 30% to 70%.  These students are very successful in this endeavor and usually have a 100% success rate, graduating with their second degree.

Graduation Requirements

The standards for graduation from the Forest Technology program require a minimum of 64 earned credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a scale based on 4.0 as the highest.

The table below shows employment trends for our graduates.

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

PERCENT OF GRADUATES

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

PERCENT OF GRADUATES

Arborist

18.1%

Saw Milling/Wood Products

7.6%

Forestry Consulting/Land Management

21.9 %

Government Forester 

10.5%

Wood Procurement

1.9%

Fire

1.0%
Timber Harvesting

13.3%

Unknown 25.7%
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