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Natural Resources Courses

Natural Resources Program Guide Courses

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Natural Resources

NATR 102    3 credits
Maps and Navigation

Learn to navigate accurately and safely in an outdoor workplace and to perform map and field calculations required for effective and safe natural resource field work. Includes field use of maps and GPS (global positioning systems) and a brief introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in natural resource management.

NATR 103    3 credits
Field Safety and Preparedness

Preparation for safe and efficient natural resource field work through understanding of when, where and how to safely use field equipment and tools. Emphasizes awareness of situational safety issues in the human and non-human environment. Includes field application of tools and equipment commonly used in natural resource jobs.

NATR 108    3 credits
Exploring Natural Resources Management

A panoramic view of ecosystems, current topics, primary organizations and professions in modern natural resources management. Lectures, discussions and extensive field activities survey this diverse industry. Use career assessment and planning tools, such as educational portfolio development, to create a strategy for your professional future.

NATR 210    5 credits
Natural Resource Portfolio and Final Project

Completion of student professional portfolio and final project. The portfolio contains course projects, work and educational experiences completed while pursuing an AST degree or certificate. Final project will be completed by a team of students and will contain culminating activities that demonstrate acquisition of natural resource program student learning outcomes. Prerequisite: completion of one year's course work in the natural resource program.

NATR 235    5 credits
Society & Natural Resources

From personal to global levels, this course uses a systems approach to examine interaction of social, economic and ecological factors in natural resources management. Identify and explore the consequences of diverse natural resource philosophies and paradigms, and develop skills to direct, mitigate or change human impacts on natural systems. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101.


AGRI 263    5 credits

Introduction to basic concepts of soil science, plant nutrition and water management. Topics include soil formation and development, soil structure and composition, physical properties of soils, soils mineralogy, soil chemistry, soil fertility, fertilizers, irrigation management, and plant, soil and water relationships.


BIOL 127    5 credits
Northwest Environments

Field-oriented course exploring the animal life and vegetation of the Pacific Northwest. Local forests, rivers, lakes and deserts examined with emphasis  on ecology and plant and animal identification. Includes extensive field work. Prerequisites: interest in our local flora and fauna.

BIOL 185    5 credits
Insects & Ecosystems

This course is designed to create an awareness and appreciation of arthropods (insects and their relatives) and their role in the health of the local ecosystem. Course concentrates on the identification, biology, natural history, and the interaction of arthropods in their environments. Course designed for biologists, collectors and gardeners.

BIOL 186    5 credits
Survey of Plants of the Pacific Northwest

Identification and the natural history of plants in regional ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Students will be introduced to the principles of plant identification and survey techniques while studying the local plant communities of the region. Taxonomic and pictorial keys will be used to identify the plants and their role in their plant community will be stressed.

BIOL& 211   5 credits
Majors Cellular

Covers the structure and function of cells, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction, and Mendelian and molecular genetics. Recommended for science majors, preprofessional students and allied health majors. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: CHEM& 121 with a grade of “C” or better or instructor permission.

BIOL 217    5 credits
Introduction to Ornithology

Study of birds: flight, classification, behavior (migration, breeding, communication), habitats and distribution, and populations and conservation. Lab emphasizes observation and identification skills. Includes laboratory and field work. Prerequisite: an interest in birds.

BIOL 218    5 credits
Insect Classification

Identification, classification and biology of adult insects represented in our local fauna. Includes basic insect biology, external anatomy, keying, sight identification, and collecting and preserving skills. Includes lecture, lab and field work. Prerequisites: recent college-level biology course or instructor's signature.

BIOL& 221   5 credits
Majors Ecology/Evolution

Major topics include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Prerequisites: one majors biology course such as BIOL& 211, 212 or 213.

Business Computer Technology

BCT 105     5 credits
Computer Applications

Survey course introduces the operation and basic applications of microcomputers using Windows software. Basic concepts of hardware, software, operating systems, the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets and database applications are included. Prerequisites: keyboarding skills, BCT 100, 101 or 102 or instructor's signature.

BCT 116     3 credits
Professional Work Relations

Study of technical and interpersonal skills desired in a changing workplace environment, including leadership, teamwork and employers' expectations. The focus is on real-world tools for problem solving in a simulated workplace.


CHEM& 110   5 credits
Chemical Concepts

Chemical concepts course for the nonscience student. Basic chemical principles and laboratory techniques are applied to contemporary topics such as nuclear chemistry, energy use and pollution. While not intended for students planning to take additional chemistry classes, course may be helpful for students with limited chemistry background. Includes laboratory.

CHEM& 121   5 credits
Introduction to Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry for allied health students or for individuals needing a general science transfer credit. Includes laboratory. Prerequisites: MATH 097 or MATH 099 or MATH 100A or equivalent or appropriate assessment score.


ECON& 201   5 credits
Micro Economics

Study of consumer behavior and the revenue concepts, firm behavior and the cost concepts, price and employment theory, industrial organization, labor, agricultural and international economics.


ENGL& 101   5 credits
Composition: General

Development of written composition skills: emphasis on both rhetorical and mechanical skills. Practice in the process of writing-prewriting, drafting, revision/rewriting, editing-through a variety of organizational formats. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) or better in this course to progress to a 200-level composition course. Prerequisites: appropriate assessment scores in language usage and reading or a grade of "C" in ENGL 097. Keyboard/word processing skills recommended.

ENGL 201    5 credits
Composition: Advanced Essay

Composition: Advanced Essay Extended skills development in expository, essay and nonfiction writing for a variety of applications. Emphasis on analytical and critical thinking, purpose-driven organization and development, syntax and word choice. Students must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better to apply this course to the writing skills requirement for an AAS or AST degree. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better.

ENGL 202    5 credits
Composition: Critical Analysis

Continues process of planning, revising and editing essays begun in ENGL& 101. Writing expository/argumentative responses to professional publications. Learning research methods and appropriate documentation styles, avoidance of plagiarism. Students must earn "C" (2.0) or better to apply this course to the Writing Skills requirement for an AAS or AST degree. Prerequisites: ENGL& 101 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better.

ENGL 203    5 credits
Composition: Research

Continues process of planning, revising and editing essays begun in ENGL& 101. Writing research papers. Emphasizes topic selection, use of print and electronic sources, note taking, credibility, fact and opinion, logic, avoidance of plagiarism, and documenting sources. Students must earn "C" (2.0) or better to apply this course to the Writing Skills requirement for AAS or AST degree. Prerequisites: ENGL& 101 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better.


MATH& 146   5 credits
Introduction to Stats

Fundamental concepts and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics. Includes measures of central tendency and variability, statistical graphs, probability, the normal distribution, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, ANOVA testing and regression analysis. Graphing calculator or statistical software techniques are used throughout the course. Prerequisites: MATH 105 with a "C" (2.0) or better, appropriate placement score, or instructor signature.

Physical Education

PEH 145     5 credits
Winter Fitness, Safety and Recreation

Course designed to introduce lifetime winter recreation opportunities in NCW. Introduction to winter fitness, survival, orienteering in snowy terrain and avalanche awareness. Winter activities include snowshoeing, telemark and randonee skiing, snowboarding and downhill skiing, and cross country skiing (classic, skating and backcountry). Students are responsible for their own equipment. Prerequisites: orientation; doctor's permission or physical within last year recommended for students age 40 and older.

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