The Bachelor of Science and Honors Bachelor of Science degree programs in Forest Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.ABET.org.
Throughout your studies in Forest Engineering, you will be prepared to meet the challenges of professional practice in Forest Engineering by achievement of a series of program outcomes. These describe the attributes that a graduate must possess in order to be successful as a professional.
These program outcomes have been developed in part by the Engineering Commission of ABET, http://www.ABET.org, and in part by the Forest Engineering faculty in consultation with the Forest Engineering Advisory Committee (made up of working professionals from forest industry, forest engineering, consulting firms, and state and federal agencies charged with the management of forest land and resources).
The Program Educational Objectives for the undergraduate Forest Engineering degree program are:
- Application of Engineering in Forestry: Practiced engineering applications within a forestry context.
- Operational application of silviculture: Developed engineered forest operations that achieve silvicultural objectives.
- Protect soil and water resources: Designed forest operations that appropriately protect the physical and biological aspects of soil and water resources.
- Apply land and resource measurements: Incorporated surveying and measurement of land and forest resources so that the engineering tasks associated with Forest Land Management and, specifically, the design of appropriate Forest Operations, were effectively completed.
- Design transportation infrastructure: Applied analysis and design principles for the physical and system aspects of the Forest Transportation infrastructure to design and manage safe forest transportation systems in a way that meets the needs of forest land management and minimizes adverse environmental impact.
- Plan and manage economical and safe forest operations: Fulfilled analysis and design principles to plan and manage safe, economic, and environmentally sound forest operations.
- Develop forest management plans using principles considering economics, valuation and environmental considerations: Implemented principles and techniques for forest land management and operational planning in an environmental and economic context to effectively develop successful forest operation plans.
- Demonstrate leadership, communication and inclusiveness: Work, collaborate and communicate inclusively and effectively with constituents from diverse backgrounds and interests.
As a graduate of the Forest Engineering Program, you will have:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
- Operational understanding of forest ecology and silviculture.
- Understanding of soil and water resources.
- Ability to make land and resource measurements.
- Ability to design the transportation infrastructure.
- Ability to plan and manage economic and safe forest operations.
- Understanding of economics and valuation.