Where can you study forestry?
When it comes to education after high school, Oregon has a number of colleges where you can prepare for the wide variety of careers in the forest sector.
Oregon State University College of Forestry (Corvallis)
OSU’s College of Forestry offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in three departments. Within minutes of campus, OSU has 14,000 acres of forest that serve as a living laboratory for hands-on learning. The college has three different departments:
- Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management: Learn the science and engineering skills necessary to manage forest resources, from restoration and replanting to sustainable harvesting.
- Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society: Combine studies in biology and social science to gain an understanding of how society and nature interact. You’ll learn about preservation, education and recreation.
- Department of Wood Science & Engineering: Help create a greener future by exploring science, technology and business courses that prepare you for work designing and manufacturing innovative, sustainable wood products.
Central Oregon Community College (Bend)
COCC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Forest Resources Technology. It includes hands-on instruction in forest ecology, dendrology, Northwest wildlife, forest surveying, harvesting, soils and watershed processes and more.
Mt. Hood Community College (Gresham)
MHCC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Natural Resources Technology – Forest Resources. It will prepare you for a career in reforestation, mapping, outdoor recreation, firefighting, timber appraisal, wildlife habitat enhancement and more.
Southwestern Oregon Community College (Coos Bay)
SWOCC offers a two-year Associate of Science degree with a forestry emphasis. A student who completes SWOCC's forestry degree program would be able to transfer to Oregon State University as a junior directly into OSU's Pro school forestry program, ultimately leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.
Other Oregon community college programs
- Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario) has wildland firefighter and natural resource programs with transfer to OSU or the University of Idaho.
- Tillamook Bay Community College (Tillamook), Umpqua Community College (Roseburg), and Rogue Community College (Medford) have apprenticeship programs and training for millwrights and other wood products manufacturing careers.