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Natural Resources (AS) Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 27
Term Effective: Fall 2023


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

The Natural Resources major is a transfer-oriented program. Students conduct introductory coursework in Forestry, Watershed Management and Parks and Recreation that prepares them to successfully complete a Bachelor’s degree in these or related fields at 4-year college or university. The major also provides career-oriented training necessary for technician-level positions in natural resource conservation and the outdoor recreation industry with government agencies and the private sector. The program consists of 20 units of core requirements and 6 units of elective courses that allow the student to specialize or focus on a particular area 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 (AS) program are:

  • Complete 27 units from
    • Natural Resources Core Requirements
    • Natural Resources Elective Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

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 Management Internship1.00-8.00
Natural Resources Elective Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
BAD 52Human Relations in Organizations3.00
CS 72.11AAdobe InDesign 13.00
NRM 60Introduction to Outdoor Recreation3.00
NRM 63Environmental Education3.00
NRM 67Recreation Facility Management3.00
NRM 72Forest Fire Control and Its Use3.00
NRM 80Environmental Policy for Resource Managers3.00
NRM 86Watershed Resource Management2.00
NRM 91Rangeland Management3.00
NRM 104Ecological Restoration3.00
NRM 111Orientation to Environmental Resource Management3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2023

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 Resources - effective Fall 2019
Natural Resources - effective Fall 2018
Natural Resources: Parks and Recreation Management - effective Fall 2016
Natural Resources: Parks and Recreation Management - effective Fall 2015
Environ Conserv: Parks & Rec. Mgmt - effective Summer 2012
Environ Conserv: Parks & Rec. Mgmt - effective Spring 2011
Environ Conserv: Parks & Rec. Mgmt - effective Fall 2010
Environ Conserv: Parks & Rec. Mgmt - effective Fall 2008
Environ Conserv: Parks & Rec. Mgmt - effective Spring 2007
Environ Conserv: Parks & Rec. 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 Parks and Recreation Management Emphasis Requirements course list can use the additional course(s) to partially satisfy the Parks and Recreation Management Elective Requirement.

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