With an abundance of public and private forest lands, Northwest Montana is an ideal place to study forestry. FVCC’s Forestry transfer track emphasizes opportunities to observe field management situations and interact with practicing professional foresters. Many of the courses include field components and utilize advanced technology such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Through a formal transfer agreement between FVCC and UM-Missoula, students who intend to seek a career in Forestry can complete most of the first two pre-professional years of study at FVCC to ready themselves for the program at The University of Montana – Missoula. UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation prepares graduates for professions as forest and land managers who deal with production of forest-based goods, recreation, timber, water, range, and wildlife issues.
- Students who transfer and graduate from the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation are prepared for professional positions as forest and land managers with responsibilities ranging from the production of forest-based goods to recreation, timber, water, range, and wildlife issues.
- FVCC also offers a Geospatial Technology Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) and a Natural Resource Conservation and Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
Attributes of Successful Forestry Professionals
- Ability to think critically and solve problems
- Technologically savvy
- Mathematically adept
- Physically fit
- Enjoy working outside in all types of terrain and weather conditions
- Passion for the outdoors
- Strong communication skills
- Students preparing to transfer should work closely with an advisor to customize a course of study based on their transfer goals.
- Students should also become familiar with transfer school programs, as it is the student’s responsibility to check with each transfer school in order to determine specific prerequisite courses and equivalencies.