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2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Forestry Transfer to The University of Montana-Missoula

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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.

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).

Associate of Science Degree

Transfer Articulation Agreement

The following program of study has been established in conjunction with the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at The University of Montana-Missoula (UM) to prepare students for transfer. Students who complete the following Associate of Science program of study at FVCC with a grade of “C-” or higher in every course, and are accepted into The University of Montana-Missoula, will enter with junior standing. Once matriculated at UM, FVCC students maintaining continuous enrollment under this agreement will be afforded the same treatment and protection as other UM students. See your advisor for more information about this transfer articulation agreement.

Suggested course of study for a transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula:

First Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 18

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 17

Second Year

First Semester Total: 17

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 18

Total Credits: 70 **

M 121  and M 122  satisfy M 151 requirement at UM. 

 *Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

**If time permits:

To further broaden their educational experience, students may consider taking the following courses:

General Education Courses

Click below to see General Education course options: 

General Education Requirements  

Upper Division Courses to Complete at UM-Missoula


Upon completing the first two years of study and earning an AS degree as outlined above,
students will apply for admission to UM-Missoula and complete the following courses and
credits to finish a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry per the transfer articulation agreement:

Course Title Credits
BIOO 105 Introduction to Botany 3
FORS 241 Dendrology 3
FORS 320 Forest Environment Economics 3
FORS 330 Forest Ecology 3
FORS 340 Forest Product Manufacture 3
FORS 341 Timber Harvesting and Roads 3
FORS 349 Practice of Silviculture 3
FORS 440 Forest Stand Management 3
FORS 481 Forest Planning 3
NRSM 385 Watershed Hydrology 3
NRSM 422 Natural Resource Policy and Administration 3
  Professional Electives 18

Additional requirements and regulations apply per the Bachelor of Science in Forestry department. Click here for more information: B.S. Forestry: 4-year Plan.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact an advisor.

Academic Advisor Faculty Advisor             
Russ Lamson Tim Eichner, M.S.
LRC 129 RH 155
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3898
rlamson@fvcc.edu teichner@fvcc.edu

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students may earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for some transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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