This area of concentration provides a foundation for students interested in forestry. It is suitable for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in order to pursue a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in forestry. The curriculum establishes the necessary foundation in mathematics, chemistry, and biology. It is intended for the student who will study for one year at IHCC before transferring, since many undergraduate forestry programs at four-year institutions include field work and field classes beginning in the sophomore year.
Students who take the courses recommended in the forestry focus area will begin to develop the ability to:
- use and understand the facts, concepts, theories, and vocabulary of biology and chemistry.
- use the techniques and tools of biology in the laboratory and in the field.
- use the scientific process and describe the development of scientific ideas.
- employ analytic and problem-solving skills.
- draw inferences from observations and synthesize and integrate information and ideas.
- use higher-order thinking skills in applying learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
- recognize that humans are one component of the natural world.
- be successful in upper-level science courses.
Most students interested in forestry have a strong interest in nature, ecology, and the wise use of natural resources. The forestry focus area graduate has one major option: transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in a forestry area and find employment in forest products and technology, forest ecosystem management, urban and community forestry, or natural resource conservation. Career possibilities include forestry technician, timber cruiser, urban or industrial forester, woodlands manager, boundary surveyor, wood and logging engineer, log-pulpwood buyer, and work in municipal, state, and federal parks.
Preparation for IHCC:
Prospective students should have a strong background in mathematics, science, writing, and reading skills. At least three years of high school mathematics (including advanced algebra) and high school science (including biology, chemistry, and/or physics) are highly recommended.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the forestry program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the science faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements. The specific forestry curriculum, including field studies, usually begins in the sophomore year.