Natural Resources Conservation, A.A.S., Major #0617

The Natural Resources Conservation curriculum provides fundamental training in ecology, fish and wildlife, forestry, outdoor recreation and related subjects. Students receive a broad-based education with an emphasis on practical, hands- on experience. College, state and county properties provide a wide assortment of opportunities for field experiences such as fish surveys, trail building, wildlife habitat improvement and forest surveys and management.

Career Opportunities: Parks, forestry, arboriculture, fisheries and wildlife management. Soil conservation service, conservation officer, forestry technician, forest ranger, environmental consultant, and water and wastewater treatment plant operator.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the state of the natural resources profession and potential career opportunities.

  • Conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with an embodied sense of conservation stewardship.

  • Deal professionally and ethically with clients, the public, and agency personnel.

  • Utilize oral and computer communication skills necessary to interact in the profession.

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in taxonomy and natural history.

  • Demonstrate hands-on experience in natural resource sampling, inventory, and measurement techniques.

  • Demonstrate competency in utilizing geospatial technologies (Global Positioning System – GPS, Geographic Information System – GIS, and remote sensing).

  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in natural resource conservation.

  • Utilize existing technology, products, and services to maximize work efficiency and success.

  • Practice a collaborative spirit in team-efforts and project coordination.

Society of American Foresters Accredited Forest Technology Concentration:

Students wishing to specialize in Forestry and Silviculture may complete the Forest Technology Concentration Minor in the Natural Resources Conservation A.A.S. program by taking: as their three capstone electives  NATR 211 Forest Protection, NATR 215 Practices of Silviculture and NATR 232 Wildlife Ecology and Management; BSAD 116 Organizational Behavior and Management as their fourth semester technical elective; and then completing the four credit hour NATR 246 Internship in Natural Resources at an approved forest industry internship site.

Curriculum Requirements

course

credits

NATR 100 Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

3

NATR 101 General Ecology

3

NATR 103 Natural Resources Equipment Operation

2

NATR 110 Natural Resources Measurements

3

NATR 115 Forest Ecology

3

NATR 120 Introduction to Recreation Area Management

3

NATR 142 Plane Surveying

3

NATR 144 Seminar Environmental Resources

1

NATR 210 Dendrology

3

NATR 213 Basics of Geospatial Technology

2

NATR 250 Aquatic Ecology

3

BIOL 102 Botany

3

ENVT 100 Introduction to Environmental Technology

3

AGRO 110 Soil Science 

3

OFFT 100 Introduction to Spreadsheets 

1

COMP 101 Composition and Research

3

COMP 102, COMP 110 or COMM 111

3

MAGN 101 Elementary Algebra 

3

Technical Electives from AGBS, AGEN, AGSC, BIOL. BSAD, CHEM, CJUS, ENSC, ENVT, HORT, NATR, RENG, RREN

2

 Core Specialization (select three courses from the list below)

course

credits

NATR 211 Forest Protection

3

NATR 215 Practices of Silviculture

3

NATR 221 Invasive Species Management

3

NATR 232 Wildlife Ecology & Management

3

NATR 252 Fish Ecology & Management

3

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 17 Credits

BIOL 102 Botany - - Form and Function of Seed Plants

3

COMP 101, 102, 110, or COMM 111 as advised

3

ENVT 100 Introduction to Environmental Technology

3

MATH Mathematics as advised

3

NATR 100 Introduction to Forestry & Natural Resources

3

NATR 144 Seminar in Environmental Resources

1

OFFT 110 Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

Year 1/Spring - 16-17 Credits

AGRO 110 Soil Science

3

NATR 101 General Ecology

3

NATR 103 Natural Resources Equipment Operation

2

NATR 110 Natural Resources Measurements

3

NATR 115 Forest Ecology

3

 COMP/GER/Tech Elective

2-3

American History/Western Civ/Other World Civ/Social Science/Foreign Language/The Arts as advised. 1 course required. Students planning on matriculating to the Renewable Resources Technology BT should take an additional GER elective from a different GER pillar.

Year 2/Fall - 14-15 Credits

NATR 120 Introduction to Recreation Area Management

3

NATR 142 Plane Surveying

3

NATR 210 Dendrology

3

NATR 250 Aquatic Ecology

3

 COMP/GER/Tech Elective

2-3

Year 2/Spring - 12-13 Credits

NATR 213 Basics of Geospatial Technology

1

 COMP/GER/Tech Elective

2-3

Capstone Courses

9

Select 3 of the following capstone Courses

NATR 211 Forest Protection

3

NATR 215 Practice of Silviculture

3

NATR 221 Invasive Species Management

3

NATR 232 Wildlife Ecology and Management

3

NATR 252 Fish Ecology and Management

3