The mission of the Biology and Forest Technology program is to provide students with comprehensive knowledge on the application of ecological, biological and forest resources management concepts and principles. The program incorporates scientific research that allows the students to engage in experimental design, data collection and analysis and scientific report writing which equip them for research, employment or graduate school program.
A graduate of this program will:
- Be knowledgeable of the woody plants of North America with emphasis on identification characteristics, natural range, growth characteristics and ecological factors affecting growth such as light, temperature, moisture and soils, affecting their structure.
- Learn the classification of diseases and insect pests of crops, ornamental, and tree species.
- Gain a knowledge of basic statistics applied to forest measurements and sampling design, volume table construction, timber cruising, growth prediction, and technical report writing.
- Become familiar with converting standing timber to wood products, processing methods marketing, wood identification and lumber grading.
- Study harvesting systems, harvest planning, log road planning and management methods.
- Become familiar with site preparation, tree planting, pruning timber, stand improvement practices and regeneration harvest cuts to improve various forest cover types for the benefit of forest landowners and persons that use forest land for wildlife, recreation, water, forage, and timber resources.
- Be able to utilize the scientific method, experimental design, and data collection to present results of research.
- Be introduced to the basic concepts and principles of ecology coupled with field observations of plants and animals.
- Study vascular plant anatomy and morphology considered from an evolutionary taxonomic viewpoint.
- Conduct individualized research emphasizing the scientific method experimental design, data collection, and presentation of the experimental results.