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Forestry (BS)

Forestry Management Concentration 

Required Courses: 51 credit hours
FOR 105 Ecosystems & Humans (4)
FOR 200 Forestry Field Practice (4)
FOR 305 Natural Resources Economics (3)
FOR 340 Quantitative Methods (3)
FOR 402 Silviculture (3)
FOR 405 Wildland Fire Management (3)
FOR 411 Mensuration & Biometrics (4)
FOR 412 Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (4)
FOR 415 Dendrology (3)
FOR 416 Soil Science (4)
FOR 420 Wildlife Habitat Management (3)
FOR 422 Forest Pathology (3)
FOR 425 Field Safety Practices (1)
FOR 426 Professional Ethics (1)
FOR 428 Forest Entomology (3)
FOR 430 Terrestrial Ecology (4)
FOR 440 Senior Project (1)

Additional Requirements: 24-26 credits

BIOL 212    General Biology 2 (4)
BIOL 303    Plant Structure and Function (4)
CHEM 211    General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 215    Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
GEOL 101    Survey of Earth Science (4)
MATH 155    Applied Calculus 1 (3)
OR
MATH 211 Calculus 1 (4)

PHYS 151    Algebra Physics 1 (4)
OR PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)

Electives: 0-2 credits hours

Electives are selected by students, with advice and consent of their major adviser, to complete a program of 128 credit hours.

Major Total: 77 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is not required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the total degree credit requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the total degree credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Wildland Fire Concentration 

Required Courses: 60-61 credit hours
FOR 105 Ecosystems & Humans (4)
FOR 200 Forestry Field Practice (4)
FOR 305 Natural Resources Economics (3)
FOR 340 Quantitative Methods (3)
FOR 402 Silviculture (3)
FOR 405 Wildland Fire Management (3)
FOR 411 Mensuration & Biometrices (4)
FOR 412 Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (4)
FOR 415 Dendrology (3)
FOR 416 Soil Science (4)
FOR 420 Wildlife Habitat Management (3)
FOR 425 Field Safety Practices (1)
FOR 426 Professional Ethics (1)
FOR 428 Forest Entomology (3)
FOR 430  Terrestrial Ecology (4)
OR
FOR 450 Fire Ecology (3)

FOR 451 Project Fires & Post-Fires Rehabilitation (3)
FOR 452 Prescribed Fire Practices (4)
FOR 454 Landscape Ecology & Wildfires (3)
FOR 461 Atmospheric Science (3)
FOR 440 Senior Project (1)

Additional Requirements: 24-26 credits

BIOL 212 General Biology 2 (4)
BIOL 303 Plant Structure and Function (4)
CHEM 211 General Chemistry 1 (3)
CHEM 215 Chemistry Lab 1 (2)
GEOL 101 Survey of Earth Science (4)
MATH 155 Applied Calculus 1 (3)
OR
MATH 211 Calculus 1 (4)

PHYS 151 Algebra Physics 1 (4)
OR
PHYS 291 Calculus Physics 1 (5)

Major Total: 84-87 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core:  5 credit hours
Total for degree: 135-138 credit hours*

*A minor is not required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the total degree credit requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the total degree credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Environmental Science Minor

Required Courses:  21 credit hours

FOR 413     Environmental & Ecological Monitoring (3)
FOR 416     Soil Science (4)
FOR 421     Environmental Ground-Water Hydrology (4)
FOR 434     Water Science (4)
FOR 453     Toxicology in Life Science (3)
FOR 461     Atmospheric Science (3)

Minor Total:  21 credit hours

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GIS Minor

GIS is a computer-based database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis and display of spatial data. Students will be better prepared to map data for decision-making in business, environmental protection, risk assessment, utility planning and management, emergency response, land use planning, transportation planning, delivery route planning, real estate, crime prevention, and other areas

Required Courses: 21-22 credits hours

Choose one of the following:
GEOL 101 Survey of Earth (4)
FOR 105 Ecosystems & Humans (4)
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
ANTH 102 Introduction to Social Anthropology (3)

Additional requirements:

FOR 412 Surveying and GIS (4)
GEOL 415 Remote Sensing & Analysis (4)
GEOL 418 Advanced GIS (4)
GEOL 499 Capstone Seminar* (2)

Elective: 3-4 credit hours

Choose a 300/400-level course from geology, forestry, political science, or anthropology.

Minor Total: 21-22 credits hours

*This class (existing course or selected topic) is an elective within the GIS program that varies by discipline.  The course fulfills the minor degree requirement as determined by the student’s faculty adviser.

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Certificate in GIS Program

GIS is a computer-based database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis and display of spatial data. Students who complete either program will be better prepared to map data for decision-making in business, environmental protection, risk assessment, utility planning and management, emergency response, land use planning, transportation planning, delivery route planning, real estate, crime prevention, and so on.

Required Courses: 17-18 credit hours

Choose one of the following:
GEOL 101 Survey of Earth Science (4)
FOR 105 Ecosystems & Humans (4)
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
ANTH 102 Introduction to Social Anthropology (3)

Additional requirements:

FOR 412 Intro to GIS Surveying (4)
GEOL 415 Remote Sensing & Analysis (4)
GEOL 418 Advanced GIS (4)
GEOL 499 Capstone Seminar (2)

Certificate Total: 17-18 credit hours

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Certificate in Forest and Watershed Restoration

The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute will be responsible for delivering the Forest and Watershed Restoration Certificate Program. In collaboration with members of the Advisory Board and Highlands, a combination of field-based, classroom, and web-based coursework and instruction will be developed. Existing courses in Highlands’ course catalog related to prerequisite quantitative and written expression skills will be used; however, these courses may also be transferred from other colleges/universities. 

Required Courses: 12 credit hours

FOR 116     Introduction to Restoration Ecology; Field Skills (3)
FOR 215     Restoration Practices and Prescriptions (3)
FOR 218     Restoration Monitoring and Inventory (3)
FOR 219     Forest Harvesting & Forest Worker Safety (3)

Certificate Total: 12 credits hours

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