Forest Resource Management

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the four-year program, the student will be trained in a balanced approach to forest management. Graduates will have a wide range of employment opportunities with state and federal agencies as well as with private industry.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum grade of C- or better is required in FOR and FMAN courses.
GEF Elective Requirements (6 and 7)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 124Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)3
MATH 150Applied Calculus (GEF 8)3
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference (GEF 8)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
FMAN 212Forest Ecology3
FMAN 222Forest Mensuration4
FOR 191 First Year Seminar1
FOR 203Careers in Natural Resources Management 21
FOR 205Dendrology3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science4
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 124 (GEF 3)3MATH 150 (GEF 8)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4COMM 104 (GEF 5)3
CHEM 111 (GEF 8)4AGEE 1103
FOR 1911GEF 63
 15 15
Second Year
ECON 201 (GEF 4)3AGRN 202
AGRN 203
STAT 211 (GEF 8)3FMAN 2123
FOR 2031FMAN 2224
FOR 2053GEF 73
PLSC 2064Elective1
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Outcomes

forest resource management


  • Describe, identify, and quantify forest ecosystem resources across different parts of the central Appalachian region and different biomes.


  • Describe the assemblages of flora and fauna across the landscape and identify patterns and potential impacts of management and restoration activities as they relate to freshwater ecosystem services (water quality, quantity, habitat), soils, and ecological principles.
  • Explain ecological processes, including the effects of human impacts, as they pertain to the sustainable forest management.


  • Develop and evaluate forest management alternatives based on knowledge from forest mensuration, silviculture, forest ecology, forest economics, forest hydrology and soils, and forest policy.
  • Quantify forest resources and predict future growth using growth and yield models.


  • Prepare and present forest management plan recommendations through technical writing and oral presentation.



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed.D.
    West Virginia University

Associate professor

  • Jeff Jones - M.S. Forestry
    West Virginia University