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 junior year 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.
Natural Resources Conservation and Management classes at FVCC emphasize interaction with practicing professionals, and students have ample opportunity to observe field management situations. Most courses have strong field trip components. There is an increasing emphasis on the understanding and use of high technology such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students planning to enter this program should attain a sound high school level background in English, social studies, mathematics, biology, and other sciences. Those lacking such proficiencies should plan for additional preparation before taking the required courses. Close consultation with a Forestry or Natural Resources advisor is necessary and students are urged to solicit the advisor’s help at all times.