Forest Operations and Technology (A.S.)
Our Forestry programs (accredited by the Society of American Foresters) are among the nation’s top rankings for quality and value and are building upon a 100-year tradition of training leaders in forest science and management.
This degree prepares students to directly enter the workforce after two years of training and learning. Students develop hands‐on training using modern forest harvesting equipment and technology to meet industry workforce needs on the University of Idaho’s 10,000+ acre Experimental Forest near Moscow. The program partners with industry to train students in a variety of commercially available harvesting technologies.
The college also offers the nationally acclaimed Idaho’s Logger Education and Advance Professionalism (LEAP) program and networking opportunities within coursework to form relationships with forestry companies and family forest owners.
Graduates may also directly matriculate into a Bachelor of Science degree.
Required course work includes:
|ACCT 201||Introduction to Financial Accounting||3|
|ASM 409||Agricultural Tractors, Power Units and Machinery Management||4|
|Introduction to Chemistry|
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
|COMM 101||Fundamentals of Oral Communication||3|
|ECON 201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|or ECON 202||Principles of Microeconomics|
|ENGL 101||Writing and Rhetoric I||3|
|ENGL 102||Writing and Rhetoric II||3|
|FOR 102||Introduction to Forest Management||2|
|FOR 103||Introduction to Computer Applications in Natural Resources||1|
|FOR 201||Industrial Forest Management and Sawmill Tour||2|
|FOR 210||Winter Harvesting||1|
|FOR 211||Logging Safety and Emergency Preparedness||2|
|FOR 230||Forest Operations||3|
|FOR 231||Low Volume Forest Roads||2|
|FOR 236||Cable Systems||2|
|FOR 272||Forest Surveying and Mapping||3|
|FOR 293||Business of Forestry||2|
|FOR 296||Forest Harvesting Practicum||3|
|FOR 298||Forest Technology Internship||1|
|FSP 100||Introduction to Forest and Sustainable Products||2|
|MATH 123||Math in Modern Society||3|
|or MATH 143||College Algebra|
|REM 144||Wildland Fire Management||3|
|SOIL 205||The Soil Ecosystem||3|
|SOIL 206||The Soil Ecosystem Lab||1|
|Select 12 General Education credits of electives||12|
73 required credits for this degree.
After completing the Associate of Science in Forest Operations and Technology, students will:
1) Be able to identify and describe traditional and advanced logging systems and understand considerations for feasible and safe forest operations accounting for topographic and forest conditions.
2) Be able to use basic computer-based applications and mobile technologies to aid the planning, execution, and assessment of forest operations.
3) Understand and apply safe practices, basic equipment operation and maintenance, and cost tracking for manual and mechanized forest operations in real world scenarios.
4) Understand the implications of the Forest Practices Act and best management practices (BMP’s) for logging and forest road building activities to support sustainable forest management.
5) Understand basic forestry and fire management concepts to ensure effective communication with other natural resource professionals.