Forestry Course Information
FOR 100 Introduction to Forestry 4 This course provides a historical overview of forestry and forestry practices. Emphasis is placed on forest policies, career opportunities, basic silvicultural and mensurational practices and forest protection. The student should be able to make basic tree measurements, identify local tree species, and recognize best management practices in Alabama.
FOR 101 Cartography 3 This course focuses on mapping as related to the forestry industry. Topics include county soil surveys, Public Land Survey System, map symbols, scales, declination, and use of staff compass, steel tape, and Abney level. Upon completion, students should have a working knowledge of maps and basic surveying techniques.
FOR 120 Timber Harvesting 3 This course is a study of timber harvesting methods and equipment. Emphasis is placed on harvesting methods, laws and environmental regulations, and supervisory skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of timber harvesting, best management practices, and supervisory skills.
FOR 130 Forestry Mathematics 3 Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course covers basic mathematical concepts relative to future forestry courses. Topics included are ratios, percentages, functions, linear equations, graphing, trigonometric functions, finance and basic statistics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply basic finance and statistical principles to forestry problems, interpret graphical data, and set up and solve ratio and pro-portion problems.
FOR 210 Dendrology 4 This course includes the field identification and study of scientific names, common names, tree growth habits, principal botanical features, and natural ranges of regionally-important trees. Topics include botanical terms, botanical features, species/site relationships, growth habits, common and scientific names, and dichotomous keys. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to identify approximately 100 trees and shrubs, describe range and habitats for trees, and identify trees by scientific, family, and common names.
FOR 211 Forestry Surveying 4 This course covers measurements of distance, elevations and angles, analysis of errors, writing legal descriptions, and basic surveying computations as related to the forestry industry. Topics include linear measurements, angular measurements, types and uses of compasses, use and care of transits and leveling. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to correctly measure a specified distance, set up field notes for traversing or leveling, run a compass tape survey, properly use a transit, and properly set up and run a dumpy level.
FOR 226 Silvics 3 Silvics is the study of the forest as an ecosystem and the environmental factors which affect it. Topics include ecosystem processes, nutrient cycling, water cycle, tree/soil interactions, forest succession. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to identify different forest ecosystems, understand environmental influences on forest growth, and apply the principles of stand development to individual tree growth.
FOR 230 Wildlife Management 3 This course includes the study of habitat requirements, life cycles, population characteristics, and limiting factors of various forest wildlife species. Emphasis is placed on carrying capacity, breeding habits, food requirements, and the effects of density-dependent and independent mortality factors. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize habitats and suggest habitat improvements.
FOR 240 Silviculture 4 This course is an introduction to silvicultural practices in the United States, especially those used in the southeastern United States. Emphasis is placed on regeneration methods and intermediate treatments of southern pines and hardwoods. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of evenaged and unevenaged regeneration methods, nursery operations, intermediate cuttings, planting, seedling care, competition control, and stocking levels related to southern pine and hardwood species.
FOR 256 Forestry Research and Management 4 Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course provides an overview of current research and forest management practices that occur in the local area. Emphasis is placed on tree species and common forest management practices in the southeast. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize current site preparation, cutting practices, and silvicultural practices used in the southeastern United States and have a general knowledge of seed orchard and nursery operations.
FOR 260 Photogrammetry 4 Prerequisite: FOR 130 or permission of instructor This course emphasizes land measurements and mapping techniques using aerial photographs. Topics include types of photos and film, scale, measuring distances and area, forest type identification, and map preparation from aerial photos. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to identify and measure features on photos, determine forest type and area, produce maps from photographs, and interpret features from the various types of film (e.g. panchromatic, infrared).
FOR 266 Forest Management Practices 4 Prerequisite: FOR 281 or permission of instructor This course focuses on the implementation of forest management plans. Topics include interest and investment alternatives, valuation of forest land, growth and yield, legal regulations, volume control, and determination of rotation. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to develop and implement forest management plans.
R 270 Forest Fire Control/Use 4
This is a study of forest fire behavior, wildfire suppression, fire control organizations, and use of fire as a forest management tool. Topics include types of fire, benefits of fire, fire adapted ecosystems, prescribed fire techniques, wildfire control, smoke management, and fire plan preparation. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of weather, identify fuel types, compute fire danger ratings, measure fuel volume, demonstrate the use of fire fighting equipment, and develop a burning plan.
FOR 281 Forest Mensuration 4 Prerequisite: FOR 260 or permission of instructor This course is a study of basic forest measurements. Topics include public land subdivisions, cubic volume, board feet, volume tables and equations, specialty products, simple statistics, and plot, strip, and variable plot timber cruising methods. Upon completion, students should be able to locate property based on legal descriptions, select appropriate volume tables for specific product classes, and summarize field data using fixed area or variable plot data.
FOR 282 Advanced Forest Mensuration 4 Prerequisite: FOR 281 This course is designed to improve the cruising skills of the students. Emphasis is placed on line-plot, strip and variable plot cruising methods, and hand compass and global positioning satellite (GPS) use. Upon completion, students should be able to establish base lines, run offsets, map, collect and summarize field data, and construct stands and stock tables.
FOR 285 Forest Entomology and Pathology 4 This course provides the student with basic knowledge of forest insects and diseases. Emphasis is placed on identification, life cycles, damage, and control of major forest insects and disease pests of the southeastern United States. Upon completion, students should be able to identify major forest insects and diseases including life cycles and damage to host plants.