Biology Major with Forestry Emphasis

The biology with forestry emphasis degree focuses on forest management for human use, ecosystem and wildlife protection, aesthetics, and recreation.

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. The forestry offering at Houghton College allows interested students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of these issues through a partnership with the Ranger School of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

Prerequisite coursework is done on Houghton’s main campus followed by two semesters at the SUNY-ESF Ranger School based at Wanakena, NY, in the Adirondack Park. Students who participate in this program graduate from the Ranger School with an AAS degree in forest technology and then complete remaining coursework at Houghton for their BA.

Why Major in Biology with Forestry Emphasis?

  • Be mentored, supported and cared for by invested faculty members who care about your academic success as well as your spiritual, emotional, and professional growth.
  • Receive hands-on, practical training at the Ranger School.
  • Earn a degree (AAS in forest technology) that qualifies you for employment in the field even before graduation from Houghton.
  • Conduct, publish and present real research with one (or more) of Houghton college faculty members.

The Ranger School

The SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, NY, offers students a unique educational experience in a spectacular natural setting. All forestry classes are taught at The Ranger School, which houses the classrooms, library, and computer lab in addition to student residence facilities. The Ranger School’s 2,800-acre forest within the six million acre Adirondack Park provides an excellent outdoor laboratory for fieldwork and hands-on learning. Students learn to use a variety of tools used in forest technology jobs.

Opportunities for employment in the field with the AAS in forest technology

The AAS degree in forest technology provides students with knowledge of the field practice of forest management; the ability to work and communicate effectively with professional and paraprofessional personnel; and an understanding of the physical, biological and quantitative aspects that form the basis of forestry. Houghton students who have completed their year at the Ranger School are qualified to work directly in the field as forest technicians or forestry aides.

Rachel Hillegas

Featured Testimonial

Houghton provides a solid scientific foundation in a Christian environment and the Ranger School provides intense, hands-on field experience and technical training that is immediately applicable to several natural resources jobs.

Rachel Hillegas '12 Forester, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


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