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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 108 Exploring Natural Resources 3
BIOL 185
  BIOl 218
Insects and Ecosystems or
  Insect Classification
NATR 240 Land and Resource Survey 4
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
First Year - Winter Quarter  
ENGL& 101* Composition: General 5
CHEM& 110
  CHEM& 121*
Chemical Concepts or
  Intro to Chemistry
PEHR 184 Wilderness First Aid 3
NATR 125 Intro to Geographical Information Systems 3
First Year - Spring Quarter  

BIOL 186
  BIOL 216

Survey of Plants of PNW or
  Plant Classification

BIOL 217
  GEOL 218
Introduction to Ornithology or
  Environmental Geology 
NATR 102 Maps and Navigation 3
ENVS 230 Intro to Fisheries Science and Mgmt  5
Second Year - Fall Quarter  
MATH& 146* Intro to Statistics  5
ECON& 201
  BUS& 201

Microeconomics or
  Business Law

NATR 196/296 Natural Resources Cooperative Work Experience  4
NATR 241 Intro to Watershed Science and Management  4
Second Year - Winter Quarter  
GEOG 150 Intro to Sustainability  5
AGRI 263 Soils 5
BIOL& 221 Majors Ecology 5
NATR 242 Survey of Wildlife Populations 4
Second Year - Spring Quarter  
NATR 220 Intro to Wildland Fire Ecology  3
NATR 235 Society & Natural Resources 5

ENVS 231

Intro to Forest Resources 4

ENGL 202
  ENGL& 235

Composition: Essay, Analysis, or Research
  or Technical Writing
  Total Credits for Degree 105

*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).