Academics

Bachelor of Applied Science in Forest Resource Management

Make your dream of an outdoor career in natural resources a reality with the most affordable and applied forestry program in the Northwest!

  • More than 40 percent in savings compared to other state and regional Universities with Natural Resources Bachelor's degree programs.
  • Small class sizes and individual attention support your success.
  • Faculty have the ideal combination of advanced degrees in forestry, industry experience and certifications.
  • State of the art equipment and technology provided for student use.   

"Everyone here wants you to succeed....we quickly become a family in this program...." -Green River Natural Resources Graduate 

When we surveyed local forestry employers 76 percent said that a Bachelor's degree was their preferred qualification and that demand currently exceeds supply of technically qualified employees. Earning your Bachelor's degree will increase your opportunity to obtain senior level permanent positions in Natural Resources.

Be job ready for your first day of work in the natural resource field.

  • Green River works directly with local, natural resource employers to design relevant curriculum.
  • We manage our own 200 acre forest on campus and incorporate hands on learning into every class.
  • Internships (often paid) and a senior capstone project are part of your degree requirements. Many of these lead to permanent positions.  

"Green River teaches hands-on skills in forestry. I would rather hire students from Green River's Bachelor's degree [program] more than any other four year school."- Local Employer


We partner with Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen to offer two BAS degree specializations:

    • Sampling and Assessment
    • Forestry Operations

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Entry Requirements

Incoming students must have earned an associate's degree or higher in Natural Resources or a related field from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all college coursework is required. Contact us for provisional early acceptance into the program if you are currently enrolled and within 15 credits of completion of an AAS degree in Natural Resources.

Degree Outline

Sample Schedule

Quarter 1

  • Environmental Decision Making
    and Conflict Resolution
  • Northwest Ecology
  • Critical Thinking
  • Natural Resources Seminar

Quarter 2

  • Advanced Technical Writing
  • Forest Protection and
    Disease Management
  • Project Management

Quarter 3

  • BioInvasions
  • Forest Ecology
  • GIS Applications 1
  • Small Group 
    Communication

Quarter 4

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Advanced Silviculture
  • Terrestrial Restoration
  • GIS Applications 2

Quarter 5

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Forest Practices Law
    and Policy
     
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • GIS Applications 3

Quarter 6

  • Natural Resources Capstone
  • Geology of the Pacific
    Northwest
  • Indians of North America

Cost of Attendance

At Green River College, earning a bachelor’s degree has never been more affordable. The estimated price if you attend full time as a Washington state resident is approximately $2,400 a quarter, plus books and course fees. For a detailed breakdown, visit our tuition and fee chart.

How we compare to other Washington universities:

Annual Tuition and Fees Comparison for Washington Residents
Green River -BAS Degree $7,677.12
Evergreen State College $8,364.00 
Western Washington University $8,610.75
Washington State University $11,966.00
University of Washington $11,839.00

Meet the Team

Dr. Katy Stuart, Program Manager
Katy earned her Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Forest Resources and studied conservation and ecology of the western gray squirrel in the North Cascades for her doctoral research. She has worked in education throughout her career as a Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, Environmental Educator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and an Outdoor School Instructor for REI. As Program Manager, she enjoys recruiting and supporting students through their studies and into careers they love in the outdoors. In her free time she climbs mountains with her husband and two small children.

Dr. Monica Paulson Priebe, Natural Resources Faculty
Monica grew up working and playing outside in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She studied Ecology and received her BA degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology. Monica served in Peace Corps in Guatemala leading work in Ecotourism, trail network development, community ecology training and reforestation. She taught regular courses at the local forestry school and started Becas Especiales, a grassroots sustainable scholarship program for rural impoverished Guatemalan youth. In Guatemala, Monica realized there was a lack of coordination and communication between natural resource scientists and practitioners, and decided to go back to school so she could work on bridging this gap. She taught graduate ecology classes while receiving an MS in Environmental Science and MS in Environmental Policy from Indiana University. She studied how different interpretation of forest policies in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were manifested on the forest ecosystem in the course of obtaining her PhD in Environmental Science with a focus in Forestry. Previously Monica has taught at Portland State University in the Environmental Science and Management Department and at Mount Hood Community College in addition to her teaching at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Monica is excited to be working with the Natural Resource Program at Green River College where she gets to fulfill her passion for teaching. She thinks she has the best job out there and loves her work! She is excited to expand this passion into the 4-year Bachelors of Applied Sciences degree program she helped bring to the Natural Resources department. Her current project is a student-centered wildflower identification guide for the area.

Rob Sjogren, Natural Resources Faculty
Rob earned his A.A.S. in Forestry Technology here at Green River College and his Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State College. Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to his teaching drawn from his more than 35 years of varied experience in the Natural Resources field. He is an accomplished Forest Manager, well versed in Washington policy and methods, private operations, federal programs and industry raw materials acquisition and manufacturing processes. Rob is also a skilled researcher and has studied and monitored mountain goats in Mount Rainier National Park, streams with the Department of Natural Resources and elk herds for private landowners. “My office; CH 106, is always open for your questions or advising. I hope to see or hear from you soon.”

Chuck Wytko, Natural Resources Faculty

Gene McCaul, Natural Resources Adjunct Faculty

Dave Schoenfeld, Natural Resources Adjunct Faculty 

Apply Now!

1.   Apply for admission to Green River College. Admission to the college is open to anyone who has a high school diploma, GED® or is at least 18 years old. Green River welcomes people of all income levels, backgrounds and previous educational experience. Students that have previously earned credit at Green River but have not attended for at least one quarter may reapply by calling Enrollment Services (253) 833-9111 ext. 2500.

2.    Within two business days of applying online, check your email for notification of your student identification number (SID) and follow instructions for setting up your Green River student email account

3.    Complete and submit the Bachelor of Applied Science Forest Resource Management Application

4.    Financial Aid- submit your FAFSA online. Our Federal School Code is 003780. Fill out and submit our Green River Supplemental form to the Financial Aid office as soon as possible.

Priority DeadlineQuarter
March 15 Fall
October 15 Winter
January 15 Spring
April 15 Summer

Apply for an NSF S-STEM scholarship (Award 1565117). Up to $7,000 awarded per student for 17 students each year!

5.   Send all official transcripts in sealed envelopes to Enrollment Services, Green River College, 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, WA 98092-3622 with a Transcript Evaluation Request to have transfer classes evaluated and applied to your Green River degree.

6.   Register online for a SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) time. When you complete your session you will receive your pin number, which you will use to register for classes

7.  Contact Program Manager Katy Stuart: kstuart@greenriver.edu, (253) 833-9111 ext. 4510, CH111 for entry codes to register for Natural Resources classes.