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Natural Resources Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 20
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Term Effective: Fall 2018


This certificate was modified to incorporate elements of the previously offered Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resources Management and Watershed Management certificates.

The Natural Resources Certificate of Achievement is designed for individuals who wish to acquire specific skills and knowledge necessary for successful job performance for the natural resources technician.

The work of a natural resources technician supports and complements that of a professional forester, park manager and the professional watershed manager. The principal duties of the technicians involve the work in open spaces, parks, rivers and forests. Typical work may include duties related to reforestation, range management, research and extension work, watershed restoration and park management work.

Population growth and the diverse natural resource base in California have created a demand for individuals trained in natural resource conservation. This program is designed to equip individuals with skills to make a positive impact on the sustainable use of natural resources.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, 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 watershed, park management, and forestry; and
  5. Identify best management practices strategies for managing land and recreational areas.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Natural Resources Certificate program are:

  • Complete 20 units from
    • Natural Resources Core Requirements

Natural Resources Core Requirements - complete 20.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 20.00 units from the following:
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
NRM 12Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
NRM 70Forest Management and Assessment4.00
NRM 84Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 87Geographic Info. Systems Applications in Natural Resources3.00
NRM 88Watershed Ecology and Restoration3.00
NRM 99INatural Resources Mgnt Occupational Work Experience Intern0.50-8.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

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 2023

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.

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