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´╗┐Forestry Studies

  • Human stewardship of forest resources is increasingly important. Forestry science today focuses on forest management for human use, ecosystem and wildlife protection, aesthetics and recreation.

  • The college offers a minor in forestry and a forestry emphasis within the biology major. Both programs are undertaken in cooperation with the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry, using the Forest Technology program at the Ranger School based at Wanakena in the Adirondack Park.

  •  Houghton’s program integrates forestry within the context of the liberal arts, giving both biology and non-science majors the opportunity to earn a forestry minor or a forestry emphasis within the biology major. After meeting the prerequisites, students have four options:

 

Prerequisites:

  • General Biology I and II—8 hours

  • Writing courses—6 hours

  • Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus—3 hours

  • Economics—3 hours

  • Electives—10 hours

 

Option A, for a Biology major to earn a forestry minor:

A fall semester would be taken at the Ranger School based at Wanakena in the Adirondack Park, which would include the following courses:

  • Forest Ecology—4 hours (counts for major)

  • Dendrology—3 hours*

  • Introduction to Forest Measurement and Statistics—4 hours*

  • Spatial Analysis of Forest Resources—5 hours*

  • Additional courses taken but not transferred back:

  • Introduction to Surveying—4 hours

  • Leadership and Forest Technology—4 hours

 * = Counts for minor: total of 12 hours

 

Option B, for a Biology major to earn a forestry emphasis:

A fall and spring semester would be taken at the Ranger School based at Wanakena in the Adirondack Park, which would include the following courses:

  • Forest Ecology (fall) —4 hours**

  • Dendrology (fall) —3 hours**

  • Silvaculture (spring) —5 hours**

** = counts for major

 

*These students will will earn an A.A.S. degree in Forest Technology from the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, but will need a minor other than forestry for their bachelor's degree. They will take both the courses listed in Option A above and these courses:

  • Silvaculture—5 hours

  • Forest Inventory Practicum—2 hours

  • Timber Harvesting, Transportation, and Utilization—5 hours

  • Forest Protection—5 hours

  • Intro to Wildlife and Recreation Management—4 hours

  • Forest Management—3 hours

 

Option C, for non-biology majors to earn a forestry minor:

Follow the program as outlined in Option A and earn a forestry minor. (Note: student must still meet the necessary prerequisites.)

 

Option D, for non-biology majors to earn both a biology minor and a forestry minor:

Follow the program as outlined in Option B. (Note: student must still meet the necessary prerequisites.) Here, students would earn:

  1. 1. Biology Minor

  2. 2. Forestry Minor

  3. 3. A.A.S. degree from SUNY-ESF Ranger School