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Natural Resources Program Guide

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**

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
BCT 105 Computer Applications 5
First Year - Winter Quarter  
PEHR 190 Winter Recreation 5
ENGL& 101* Composition: General 5
CHEM& 110
  CHEM& 121
Chemical Concepts or
  Intro to Chemistry
First Year - Spring Quarter  
NATR 102 Maps and Navigation 3
BIOL 186 Survey of Plants of PNW 5
BIOL 217 Introduction to Ornithology 5
BCT 116 Professional Work Relations 3
First 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* Intro to Stats 5
BIOL& 221 Majors Ecology 5
Second Year - Spring Quarter  
NATR 235 Society & Natural Resources 5
ENGL 201,
  202, 203 or 235
Composition: Essay, Analysis, or Research
  or Technical Writing
NATR 210 NATR Portfolio and Final Project 5
  Total Credits for Degree 98-102

*Placement score 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).