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Forestry emphasis within the Biology major with an A.A.S. in Forest Technology

Courses taken over both semesters at SUNY-ESF Ranger School (46 credits)

Forestry: (emphasis within the Biology major) Faculty: faculty from SUNY-ESF Ranger School. Because deforestation and other human activities affecting forested areas have significant ecological, aesthetic, and economic ramifications, gaining insight into our forest resources can play an important role in environmental stewardship, and may be desirable for students intending to serve with mission organizations. The forestry program at Houghton College, which enjoys a largely forested campus, offers interested students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of these issues through a cooperative agreement partnership with the State University of New York--College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Both a forestry minor and a forestry emphasis within a biology major are offered through coursework taken at the SUNY-ESF Ranger School (est. 1912) based at Wanakena in the Adirondack Park. The Ranger School offers a rigorous 46 credit Forestry Technology program over an extended school year. Houghton students can participate for a fall semester (forestry minor) or for an entire academic year (forestry emphasis within a biology major), depending on their educational and career goals. Those participating for the whole year also earn an A.A.S from SUNY –ESF.

Note:  The program is not limited to biology majors.  Non-Biology students who have the necessary prerequisites may also opt to take the fall courses (earning a forestry minor) or the whole year program (earning a forestry minor, biology minor, and A.A.S degree in Forest Technology.)

SUNY-ESF Ranger School Required Prerequisites (courses taken at Houghton College - 32 credits)Credits
ECON 201 Introduction to Economics 2
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 211 Principles of Marcroeconomics 2
BIOL 151 General Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems 4
BIOL, CHEM or PHYS - Science course with lab 4
MATH 115 Fundamentals of Calculus 4
English with focus on Writing 6
Electives (Suggested areas: psychology, sociology, computer science, public speaking) 10
Total 32
A.A.S. in Forest Technology Required CoursesCredits
Forest Ecology (This course, when counted for the A.A.S. degree, may NOT also be counted toward a biology major.) 4
Dendrology 3
Introduction to Natural Resources Measurements 4
Geographic Information Technology 3
Eight hours of additional coursework is included in the program but does NOT transfer back to Houghton.
Introduction to Surveying 4
Leadership and Forest Technology 4
Silvaculture 4
Forest Inventory Practicum 2
Timber Harvesting 2
Wild Land Firefighting and Ecology 2
Intro to Forest Recreation 1
Natural Resources Management 3
Water Measurements 1
Timber Transportation Utilization 3
Wildlife Conservation 3
Forest Insects and Disease 3
Total 24

Dendrology (3), Forest Ecology (4), and Silvaculture (4) are counted toward the Biology major at Houghton College.

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