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Forestry Technology

Program Length

Three Semesters
Four Semesters

Degree(s) Offered

Technical Certificate
Associate in Applied Science

Classroom work, outdoor labs, and Jones County Junior College are utilized to provide learning experiences for the students in all phases of applied forestry. This Program will also provide students with the necessary scientific skills, mathematical theories, and field techniques which will allow them to professionally perform the duties of a forestry technician. Upon completion of all course work, a Technical Certificate or the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree is awarded.

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If you have any questions regarding the Forestry Program, please feel free to contact us at (601) 477-4233 or email jeff.keeton@jcjc.edu.

Career Opportunities Incude

Management Positions
Biological Technician
Conservation Officer
Forestry Technician: Timber Buyer, Timber Cruiser
National Park Service Technician
Surveying Technician

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Curriculum

How to Enroll

  • Step 1 - Complete a Jones Admissions Application. Applications can be completed online or mailed to: Jones County Junior College, Admissions Office, 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437. 
  • Step 2 - Send an official copy of the final high school transcript, previous college transcript, and/or GED scores to the Jones Admissions Office.
  • Step 3 - Submit ACT/SAT scores to the Jones Admissions Office.

Jeff Keeton
Chair Person
Life Science Building Room 219
jeff.keeton@jcjc.edu
(601) 477-4233

FOT 1114 – Forest Measurements I 
Prerequisite: None. A course covering fundamentals of forest measurements. Includes instruction in locating land on a map, applying sampling techniques, processing and summarizing field data. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 1124 – Forest Measurements II
Prerequisite: Must have passed Forest Measurements I, with a grade of C or better
before moving on to this course. A continuation of Forest Measurements I with emphasis on electronic and computer applications in forest measurements. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 1314 – Forest Protection
Prerequisite: None. A course in methods and techniques for protecting forests from fire, insects, and disease damage. Includes instruction in prescribed burning procedures. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 1713 – Applied Dendrology
Prerequisite: None. A study of trees, including their identification, classification and
commercial use. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 1813 – Introduction to Forestry
Prerequisite: None. A study of the development of the forest industry in Mississippi and the United States. An exploration of occupational careers in forestry, including forest products industries. Includes common terms used in forest occupations. Three semester credit hours: Three hours lecture.

FOT 2213 – Applications of GIS/GPS in Forestry
Prerequisite: None. A study of the usage of remote sensing, interpretation, and application of aerial photos and other remote sensing images in forestry. This course also includes applications of Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems. Three semester credit hours. Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 2423 – Timber Harvesting
Prerequisite: None. A course dealing with harvesting practices, including development
of timber harvesting regulations, harvesting plans and best management practices, and timber contracts. Includes observations of logging operations. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and six hours lab.

FOT 2614 – Silviculture I
Prerequisite: None. A course dealing with the growth and development of trees and stands. Includes instruction in principles of tree and stand growth and development, regeneration, and intermediate cuttings. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 2623 – Silviculture II
Prerequisite: Must have passed Silviculture I with a grade of C or better before moving on to this course. A continuation of Silviculture I with emphasis on regeneration and site preparation practices. Three semester credit hours: Two hours lecture and four hours lab.

FOT 2913 – Special Problem in Forestry Technology
Prerequisite: Minimum of 12 semester credit hours of Forestry Technology related courses or consent of instructor. A course designed to provide the student with practical application of skills and knowledge gained in other Forest Technology courses. The instructor works closely with the student to insure that the selection of a project will enhance the student’s learning experience. This course is designed to be taken the last semester the student is enrolled in the program in order to take advantage of the knowledge gained in the other courses. Three semester credit hours: One hour lecture and six hours lab.

FOT 292(1-6) – Supervised Work Experience in Forestry Technology
A course which is a cooperative program involving students, employers, and educational staff and is designed to integrate the student’s technical studies with
real world situations. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of one semester hour per 45 contact hours. (1-6 semester credit hours; 3-18 lab hours.)

GIT 2124 – Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Prerequisites: FOT 2214, GIT 2124, or GEO 2313. This is an integrated course that encompasses geographical data inputs, processing, analyses, and presentation.
One hour lecture and four hours lab. Four semester credit hours.

GIT 2263 – Advanced Geographical Information Systems
Prerequisites: FOT 2214, GIT 2123, or GEO 2313. This is an integrated course that encompasses geographical data inputs, processing, analyses, and presentation. 3 semester credit hours: One hour lecture and four hours lab.

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