The A.A.S. in Forestry Technology is designed for students who want to enter directly into the workforce in the forestry field upon earning an associate degree. Although this A.A.S. degree is not intended for university transfer, all of the general education and several of the major field courses in the program count toward the A.S. in Forestry, which is designed to prepare students to go on to a bachelor's program in forestry at other four-year colleges and universities. Our nation's forests are an important renewable resource that, if properly understood and managed, can provide a bounty of uses for generations to come. Students with a good background in agriculture who enjoy timber, water, wildlife, fisheries, range, recreation, wilderness and aesthetics will find forestry a rewarding career.
Eastern's Forest Technology program provides a complete, comprehensive program to produce a competent forest technician who can pursue employment opportunities in forestry and closely related fields. Eastern is situated in the beautiful pine-oak forests of the Ouachita Mountains and is unique in that it has more than 4,000 acres for classroom use. This enables students to get real work experience with management and conservation activities including tree planting, timber harvesting, thinning, prescribed burning and other practices to improve wood and plant production. The college also operates a tree nursery, arboretum and greenhouse. Eastern is the only institution in Oklahoma that offers a two-year technical degree program in Forest Technology and is recognized by the Society of American Foresters.
Specific objectives of the program are:
- To train students in techniques basic to the planning, organization and management of forestry enterprises from different ownership perspectives.
- To develop a high level of field and office skills utilized by the forest technician to include communication, computer literacy and application, mensurational, silvicultural, dendrological and surveying and mapping skills.
- To lay the foundation for making wise management decisions based on sound ecological principles and consideration of other resources.
Employment opportunities in conservation and natural resource management remain strong as demand for goods and services continue to increase. Resource managers and technicians play a vital role in developing and protecting the environment and its diverse resources. Graduates work for federal, state and municipal agencies, private companies, private consulting firms, and other organizations as managers, technicians, rangers, naturalists and conservationists.
A college degree is an investment in your future. There are many lifelong benefits of a quality education that exceed the initial costs involved. Tuition and fees at Eastern Oklahoma State College are among the lowest in the nation. Plus, Eastern offers a variety of institutional scholarships, as well as agriculture-related scholarships for students who demonstrate high academic qualifications and financial need. Federal and state financial aid and grant opportunities are also available to help fund your education.
Apply now for admission to the Forestry Technology program.
Agriculture Division Dean
Baker Hall 100
Rhonda Price Quinn