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Natural Resources

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

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
     
Winter Quarter   
RCLS 190 Winter Recreation 5
ENGL& 101* Composition: General 5
CHEM& 110
   CHEM& 121
Chemical Concepts or
   Intro to Chemistry
5
     
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
     
Second Year  
Summer Quarter   
NATR 196 NATR Cooperative Work Experience 1-5
BIOL 127 NW Environments 5
     
Fall Quarter   
BIOL& 211 Majors Cellular 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
     
Winter Quarter   
AGRI 263 Soils 5
MATH& 146* Introduction to Statistics 5
BIOL& 221 Majors Ecology 5
     
Spring Quarter  
NATR 235 Society & Natural Resources 5
ENGL 201,
  202, 203 or 235 
Composition: Essay, Analysis, or Research
  or Technical Writing
5
NATR 210 NATR Portfolio and Final Project 5
     
Total Credits for Degree   98-102

 *Placement score or prerequisite required.

**Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Degree: the AAS-T is built upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level general education component, common in structure for all such degrees. The distinguishing characteristic of the AAS-T is a minimum of 20 credits of general education courses drawn from the same list as those taken by students completing the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree (that is, the courses generally accepted in transfer). 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 (BAS). The AAS-T degree generally will not be accepted in transfer in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees, although the general education component of the degree will be accepted in transfer. (State Board for Community and Technical Colleges).

 


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