Forest Operations

Associate of Science Degree

Articulated with Oregon State University

Forest OperationsProgram Mission

Students in the forest operations option will learn about the business, land management, and timber harvesting aspects of the forestry industry.

Program Description

Students learn how to actively manage lands with economic efficiency and with evolving markets and policy to provide timber and fiber for the nation. To achieve program goals, the curriculum includes a traditional forestry foundation with courses in forest biology, economics, management and operations.

Program Outcomes

This UCC program aligns with the programs offered through the OSU College of Forestry Program. UCC students that complete the Forest Operations AS degree will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of business laws by being able to apply them to common business practices conducted in a contracting relationship
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate knowledge of surveying and mapping tools to implement forest operations by being able to survey and map roads, critical habitat and other common forest features
  3. Demonstrate understanding of forest ecology and silviculture principles to understand how forests and forested watersheds respond to natural disturbances or management activities
  4. Develop skills in geospatial analysis, basic surveying, mapping, and GIS
  5. Demonstrate ability to measure and inventory forest vegetation with precision and accuracy

Oregon State University

OSU Degree Partnership Program

UCC works closely with Oregon State University (OSU) so that students can dual-enroll, pursue any degree that OSU offers, reap cost savings, and benefit from access to more scholarships and services. Learn more.

Special Features

Forestry students can expect to get lots of hand-on experience. Every term, students participate in approximately 10 field trips. On a weekly basis, classes are outdoors in the field. The 100-acre UCC campus and surrounding public and private lands serve as a field lab for students. Students interact with Forestry professionals regularly which gives them real-world perspectives and experiences. Additionally, topics in classroom and field work include modern approaches to Forestry including, GIS mapping, GPS techniques, and drone use in forest monitoring and renewal. 

Wade Christensen video

Wade Christensen, a Special Forces military veteran, opted to go to UCC and study Forestry. After graduating, he moved on to Oregon State University were he recently earned a Masters degree.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Forestry programs.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Career Consideration

Forest operations professionals often become land managers of commercially productive public and private lands. They focus on planning and managing timber harvests as well as purchasing and selling forest products. They work outside and with others who care about the health of our forests, economy and people.

Transfer Guide

Oregon State University

The Forest Operations curriculum is intended to meet the requirements for the first two years of coursework necessary for application to the professional program in the College of Forestry – Forest Operations Management Option at OSU.

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