Dec 09, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Forest Resource Management, Baccalaureate


The Bachelor of Applied Science Forest Resources Management (BAS-FRM) degree prepares students to engage professionally as foresters in public and private companies, conservation managers, wildland fire supervisors, and other natural resource professions. Classes at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, are taught with a two-year track. Core courses are taught during fall, winter, and spring quarters. Students can enter the BAS-FRM program at any time, provided they meet the prerequisite requirements. An Associate’s degree in Natural Resources, Forestry, or a closely related field is required before students can enter the BAS-FRM program. In-class instruction occurs on Grays Harbor College’s Aberdeen campus, with an emphasis on hands-on learning facilitated by frequent field exercises and field trips.

Degree Requirements

Completion of a Natural Resources related associate’s degree, or an AAS in an equivalent field. Degree must be completed with cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants must have a grade of 2.0 or higher in the following course prior to program start.

Degree Required Courses (50 credits)

Degree required courses are not a prerequisite to the program, they are a requirement for earning your bachelor’s degree. Some degree required courses may be prerequisites to upper division courses. Students are encouraged to complete these courses in their associate’s degree if possible. Courses must be completed with a grade of at least 2.0.

Recommended Skills

Computer proficiency in Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Ability to study and work outdoors under all weather conditions and uneven terrain.

Program of Study

The BAS-FRM is a unique degree path for community and technical colleges in Washington State. Grays Harbor College’s BAS-FRM program focuses on forest operations, silviculture, and forest resource management. Students are exposed to the unique challenges of modern land management at varying levels; from private industrial forestry, state and federal agency careers, and small forest landowner consulting. This program places an emphasis on applying learned skills in the field as much as possible, and exposes student to the broad set of skills and tools required in professional forestry. Students learn how to asses new forest landscapes and develop written forest management plans to meet targeted forest objectives. Scenario based activities are mixed with practical applications that accomplish real management objectives in the nearby program managed forest. 

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of the BAS-FRM will be able to:

  • Successfully determine contemporary field skills applicable to a wide range of natural resource jobs in forestry.
  • Identify problems and utilize critical thinking to solve these problems on the ground.
  • Develop stable, robust, secure, and efficient field skills and practices that adhere to strict federal and state legislation regarding natural resource harvest and use.
  • Communicate with project stakeholders, both with technical and non-technical backgrounds, verbally and in written format.
  • Evaluate potential land use actions, including timber harvest, forest roads, and public use.
  • Engage in professional development activities to stay updated with current technology and tools, including GIS analysis.
  • Measure, record, and statistically analyze field data.
  • Write technical reports that synthesize, analyze, and interpret findings.
  • Execute related technical duties, such as estimating work effort, and assessing technical risk.
  • Lead contract administration and overseeing personnel.
  • Develop land action plans, such as restoration and harvest plans, through individual and team work.
  • Sampling and assessment track.
  • Understand data integrity.
  • Processing in a wide variety of sampling environments.
  • Analyze and interpret data collected.
  • Operations specialization learning outcomes.
  • Evaluate harvest and transportation environment, and determine most prudent harvesting method.
  • Create a harvest plan using contemporary ground based and skyline methods to meet economic and legal requirements.
  • Appraise transportation needs and related issues of forest operations.
  • Understand when to utilize engineers to outline construction requirements of the transportation system.
  • Compose and evaluate the economic justification of various forest operations.


Total BASF courses/all quarters: 93 credits
*Note:  Prerequisite course (5 credits) and  Degree Required courses (50 credits) not previously completed are not included in these 93 credits

*Additional Graduation Requirements:

BASF 322 - Professional Development  is a variable credit class offered every quarter. A total of 5 credits is required. 

BASF 431 - Capstone in Natural Resources  is offered every quarter as a variable unit class. A total of 5 credits are required.