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Natural Resources: Forest Management (AS) Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 34
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Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Natural Resources program provides instructional training necessary for technician level positions in natural resource and watershed management, resource protection, fish and wildlife, public safety, visitor information services, and maintenance. The program consists of 18 units of core requirements. Students then select one of three emphases: Forest Management, Watershed Management, or Parks & Recreation, and complete 9 units in the chosen emphasis.

The Natural Resources: Forest Management Major will allow students to focus on the protection, cultivation, and sustainable management of forested lands and the use of their products, in cooperation with other wildland users.

The work of a conservation technician supports and compliments that of the professional wildland forester. The principal duties of technicians involve the protection, cultivation, and management of forested lands and the use of their products in cooperation with other wildland users. Typical work may include duties related to reforestation, estimating, appraising, selling or buying timber; range management; research and extension work; logging, milling, and wood conversion.

This program has been designed with the help of experts in the field of Natural Resource Management to fulfill the needs of employers. Employment has been mainly in governmental positions. However, jobs in the private consulting industry have been increasing. Working conditions are ideal for those who like data collection in the field combined with computer entry work.

Students who have completed the Forest Management Competency Certificate and/or the Natural Resources: Forest Management Certificate of Achievement have fulfilled a portion of the Natural Resources: Forest Management Major.

This program of study is also available as a Certificate of Achievement option. Students wishing to move beyond the technician level are encouraged to pursue a four year degree in Forestry or other related sciences. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss historical approaches to Natural Resource Management in the U.S.;
  2. Develop and use vocabulary for the protection, cultivation and management of wildlands;
  3. Discuss economic benefits to protecting healthy watershed characteristics including: recreation opportunities, biological diversity, species richness and clean water;
  4. Critically analyze and apply research and extension work in the field of forestry and NRM;
  5. Identify and employ sustainable forestry practices strategies and characteristics for harvesting, logging, milling and wood conversion; and
  6. Apply broad-based theories and applications in the natural resources management field to solve problems and address issues in the profession.

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Natural Resources: Forest Management (AS) program are:

  • Complete 34 units from
    • Natural Resources Core Requirements
    • Forest Management Emphasis Requirements
    • Forest Management Elective Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Natural Resources Core Requirements - complete 18.00 units
AGBUS 2Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
NRM 12Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
NRM 84Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 99INatural Resources Mgnt Occupational Work Experience Intern2.00
NRM 111Orientation to Natural Resources / Park Management Practices4.00
Forest Management Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
NRM 70Forest Management and Assessment4.00
NRM 72Forest Fire Control and Its Use3.00
NRM 73Introduction to Forest Measurements3.00
NRM 80Environmental Policy for Resource Managers3.00
Forest Management Elective Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
BAD 52Human Relations in Organizations3.00
NRM 66Wilderness Skills3.00
NRM 67Recreation Facility Management3.00
NRM 85Watershed Hydrology4.00
NRM 86Watershed Resource Management2.00
NRM 87Geographic Info. Systems Applications in Natural Resources3.00
NRM 88Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.00
NRM 91Rangeland Management3.00
NRM 103Restoring Native Habitats0.50
NRM 131Park and Forest Trails Maintenance and Reconstruction2.50
NRM 132Chainsaw Safe Operation and Care0.50
NRM 141Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety1.00
NRM 142Orienteering for Wilderness Users1.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Environ Conserv: Nat Resource Mgmt - effective Summer 2012
Environ Conserv: Nat Resource Mgmt - effective Fall 2011
Environ Conserv: Nat Resource Mgmt - effective Spring 2011
Environ Conserv: Nat Resource Mgmt - effective Fall 2010
Environ Conserv: Natl Resource Mgmt - effective Spring 2007
Environ Conserv: Nat Resource Mgmt - effective Fall 2004

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students who elect to take more than three courses from the Forest Management Emphasis Requirements course list can use the additional course(s) to partially satisfy the Forest Management Elective Requirement.

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