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Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

New! Effective July 1, 2013.

The natural resources program offers an associate of applied science-transfer degree (AAS-T). The AAS-T degree is built upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college general education component, common in structure for all such degrees. The distinguishing characteristics of the AAS-T is a minimum of 20 credits of general education course drawn from the same list as those taken by students completing the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA). AAS-T courses are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and as preparation for the junior year in a bachelor's degree commonly described as the bachelor of applied science (BSA).

Graduates of this pathway will be able to choose between advanced studies in a four-year natural resources program and a broad range of technical natural resources careers, including seasonal and full-time positions in which they collect natural resources field information. In professional and personal functions, graduates will be able to draw on a basic understanding of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, safe and accurate measurement techniques, and the social context of natural resources management. Most program courses transfer to four-year institutions to create opportunities for educational and career advancement beyond the technical level in natural resources fields. The program was developed collaboratively with local natural resource agencies and organizations.

Core program courses may have prerequisite requirements. English and mathematics courses require qualifying assessment scores or acceptable preparatory coursework in these subjects. See course descriptions for details. A "C" grade (2.0) or better is expected in the natural resource program courses in order for students to be successful in a career in natural resources. Students interested in transferring for a university degree in natural resources should work closely with the program adviser on course selection and sequencing.

Required Courses: Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Degree

Students enrolled in the WVC Natural Resources Associate of Technical Science degree program or the certificate program prior to June 30, 2013, will need to work closely with their program adviser. Those programs will be honored for three years, beginning July 1, 2013.

First Year - Fall Quarter Credits
NATR 103 Field Safety and Preparedness 3
NATR 108 Exploring Natural Resources 3
BIOL 185
   BIOL 218
Insects and Ecosystems or
Insect Classification
5
BCT 105 Computer Applications 5
     
First Year - Winter Quarter   
PEH 145 Winter Fitness, Safety and Recreation 5
ENGL& 101* Composition: General 5
CHEM& 110
   CHEM& 121
Chemical Concepts or
   Intro to Chemistry
5
     
First Year - Spring Quarter   
NATR 102 Maps and Navigation 3
BIOL 186 Survey of Plans of PNW 5
BIOL 217 Introduction to Ornithology 5
BCT 116 Professional Work Relations 3
     
Total Credits - First Year 47
     
Second Year - Summer Quarter   
NATR 196 NATR Cooperative Work Experience 1-5
BIOL 127 NW Environments 5
     
Second Year - Fall Quarter   
BIOL& 211* Majors Cellular 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
     
Second Year - Winter Quarter   
AGRI 263 Soils 5
MATH& 146* Introduction to Statistics 5
BIO& 221 Majors Ecology 5
     
Second Year - Spring Quarter  
NATR 235 Society & Natural Resources 5
ENGL 201,
  202 or 203
Composition: Essay, Analysis, or Research 5
NATR 210 NATR Portfolio and Final Project 5
     
 Total Credits - Second Year 51-55
     
 Natural Resources AAS-T Credit Total 98-102

 *Assessment score or prerequisite required.

 

 


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