Natural Resources

Forestry Management Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree


If you like to work independently outdoors, you might want to consider the Forestry Management Technology program. The only accredited associate degree program of its kind in South Carolina, the HGTC Forestry Management Technology program trains students for the position of forest technician, a middle-management professional who is qualified to work alongside a graduate professional forester.

The education degree program in Forestry Management Technology leading to an Associate's in Applied Science is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

For more information, contact:

 Brian Clark (843) 520-1418

Career Outlook

A forest technician has the technical knowledge and ability to supervise timber sales and logging operations; conduct field research; implement practices that will enhance timber growth; work in tree-nursery operations; survey land; inventory timber volumes; manage sawmill operations; and sell wood products. Graduates of the Forestry Management Technology program are qualified for entry-level positions with federal natural-resource agencies, state forestry and wildlife departments, pulp and timber companies, consulting foresters, and other industries where the skills of surveying, timber cruising, map drawing, and forest management are needed.

Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas: TOP Logger, South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, First Aid and CPR.


Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • South Carolina Forestry Commission
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • RockTenn
  • International Paper Company
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Canal Wood Corporation
  • Canfor - New South, Inc.
  • Collum Lumber Company
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • American Forest Management
  • Brigman & Associates
  • Weyerhauser Corporation
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • USDI National Park Service
  • S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas
  • Resource Solutions, Incorporated

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit:

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
FOR 102 Multiple Use of Forest Lands 3
FOR 118 Forest Drafting 2
FOR 130 Dendrology 3
FOR 154 Mensuration 3
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra* 3
  TOTAL 17
Second Semester - Spring    
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
FOR 121 Woodland Safety and First Aid 1
FOR 156 Timber Cruising and Marking 4
FOR 258 Forest Surveying and Engineering 4
IDS 105 Career Assessment & Exploration 1
MAT 168 Introduction to Geometry & Trigonometry 3
  TOTAL 19
Third Semester - Summer    
FOR 220 SCWE in Forestry 8
Fourth Semester - Fall    
FOR 230 Forest Products 2
FOR 257 Forest Ecology 2
FOR 265 Equipment and Timber Harvesting 4
FOR 269 Forest Statistics and Data Processing** 3
FOR 271 Silviculture 4
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  TOTAL 18
Fifth Semester - Spring    
FOR 240 Mapping and Photo Interpretation 3
FOR 263 Forest Management 4
FOR 268 Forest Protection Practices 4
HRT 255 Urban Tree Care 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
  TOTAL 17



*Students continuing toward a Bachelor’s degree: ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 is recommended in place of MAT 101 or MAT 120; MAT 120 in place of FOR 269; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103. Consult your academic advisor.