ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE FORESTRY EMPHASIS
The Associate of Science degree, with an emphasis in Forestry, provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of forestry and forest management. This set of classes satisfies the requirements for an Associate of Science degree and also meets the lower division requirements at Oregon State University (OSU) for a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. There is a signed articulation agreement with the Forestry Department at Oregon State University that allows students that complete this AS degree and two additional courses to enter OSU as a junior in the Forestry program. Beyond the AS degree requirements, students will need to take the Forest Biology course (FOR 240) from OSU which can be done online. In addition, students will need to take a Physics course which is not calculus based. Currently, SWOCC does not offer that course. The forestry field is projected to have many career opportunities coming up in the next decade as many forestry and natural resources professionals retire in the next few years. If you enjoy working outdoors and want to have a career that focuses on managing our valuable forest lands to conserve and protect resources as well as produce valuable products for society, this is an excellent time to consider this degree.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to: • Integrate technical field skills with analytical skills to identify important forest management challenges and identify potential solutions for these problems. • Explain and discuss important current issues, and social and political components of forest management in the United States and other countries. • Demonstrate basic skills in forest surveying, recreation management, soil science, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spreadsheet applications. • Identify important tree species in the Pacific Northwest.
Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at SWOCC before the AS degree is awarded. This degree program can also satisfy the requirements of the AA/OT. Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree. Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE NATURAL RESOURCES EMPHASIS
The Natural Resources program provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to natural resource policy and management. Students will obtain preparation for careers in natural resource planning, management, conservation and education roles with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and in educational settings. SWOCC now has a formal articulation agreement with Oregon State University to match the Associate of Science Natural Resources Emphasis degree with their Natural Resources Bachelor of Science degree program, focusing on the OSU Watershed Management option. Students that complete the AS degree with Natural Resources emphasis at SWOCC will have satisfied a large majority of the lower division courses required at OSU in their Natural Resources degree with Watershed Management option. Following completion of the AS Natural Resources Emphasis degree at SWOCC, the student would then transfer to OSU with 90 or more credit hours (up to 124 can be transferred). These courses, would all be articulated from SWOCC to OSU via the articulation agreement that has been prepared. The student would transfer to OSU and have Junior standing with only (1) the upper division Synthesis and WIC requirements of the Baccalaureate Core that would remain to be completed (all of the Skills, Perspective, and DPD categories would have been successfully completed), and (2) the mostly upper division courses associated with the Natural Resources degree program. The curriculum template on the next page lists the required courses for the AS degree, all of which satisfy a required course at OSU in that program, and also lists the extra courses that can be taken while at SWOCC that are also required at OSU for the Natural Resources degree with Watershed Management option. With those classes taken at SWOCC, a student can then enter OSU close to being full junior status in the Natural Resources Watershed option bachelor degree program.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to: • Integrate technical “field” skills with analytical skills to identify important natural resources problems and begin to identify effective solutions for these problems. • Acquire knowledge regarding a range of natural resources current issues, social and political components of resource management. • Work with experts in a variety of natural resource fields. • Apply watershed management principles and practices to actual natural resources issues and problems to develop plans and solutions.
Students must complete a minimum of 103 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded. Courses that are developmental in nature, designed to prepare students for college transfer courses, are not applicable to this degree. Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).