Wood Industries

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the four-year program students will find that employment opportunities are available in procurement, management, production, marketing, research and development with both primary and secondary wood product industries.

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

GEF Elective Requirements (6 and 7)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
MATH 150Applied Calculus3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference (GEF 8)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
or CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry
PHYS 101Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
FOR 101Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 (eq. WVUe 191)1
FOR 140West Virginia's Natural Resources3
FOR 203Careers in Natural Resources Management 21
FOR 205Dendrology3
FMAN 212Forest Ecology3
FMAN 222Forest Mensuration4
WDSC 100Forest Resources in United States History (GEF 5)3
Select one of the following:3
Agribusiness Management
Principles of Plant Science
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following:3MATH 150 (GEF 3)3
 AGEE 1103
 FOR 1403
 GEF 73
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
WDSC 100 (GEF 5)3 
FOR 101 (eq. WVUe 191)1 
 14 15
Second Year
CHEM 1154STAT 2113
PHYS 1014FMAN 2123
FOR 2031FMAN 2224
FOR 2053ECON 201 or ARE 204 (GEF 4)3
ECON 201 or PLSC 206 (GEF 4)3GEF 6 (LARC 212 Recommended)3
 15 16
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

wood industries

  • Graduates will demonstrate a firm understanding of basic wood sciences, including anatomy and biology of wood formation; wood identification; physical properties; mechanical properties; chemical characteristics and properties; wood degradation and deterioration; and composite materials.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge related to wood processing and manufacturing, including mechanical reduction of the raw material, drying processes, manufacture of solid wood products, manufacture of composite materials, chemical wood processing, and wood protection and enhancement.
  • Graduates will be able to compare and contrast a variety of complex contemporary issues of wood use, including demand, use, and impact of use on society and the environment; applications of wood and wood-based materials; choosing and specifying appropriate wood-based products; policy, regulation, environmental and other societal issues; professional ethics; and health, safety, and security issues.



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

Associate professor

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