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Natural Resource Management Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 15

Term Effective: Summer 2012

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.

Previous Versions:

Natural Resource Management - effective Spring 2012
Natural Resource Management - effective Spring 2007
Natural Resource Management - effective Fall 1981


The Natural Resource Management Skills Certificate is designed for individuals who have a background or experience in natural resources, and who wish to acquire specific skills and knowledge necessary for successful job performance in the field of natural resource management.

The work of a natural resource management technician supports and compliments that of the professional wildland forester. The principal duties of technicians involve the protection, cultivation, and management of wildlands 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.

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

For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, 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; and
  5. Identify and employ sustainable forestry practices strategies and characteristics for harvesting, logging, milling and wood conversion.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Natural Resource Management program are:

  • Complete 15 units from
    • Natural Resource Management Requirements

Natural Resource Management Requirements - complete 15.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 15.00 units from the following:
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
NRM 51 Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
NRM 70 Forest Practices4.00
NRM 72 Forest Fire Control & Its Use3.00
NRM 73 Introduction to Forest Measurements3.00
NRM 84 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation3.00
NRM 85 Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management4.00
NRM 86 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment2.00
NRM 91 Rangeland Management3.00
NRM 103 Restoring Native Habitats0.50
NRM 141 Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety1.00

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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