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The Environmental Conservation: Natural Resources Management major will allow students to focus on the protection, cultivation, and management of wildlands and the use of their products, in cooperation with other wildland users.
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 to help others enjoy the out-of-doors.
Students who have completed the Natural Resources Management Competency and/or Environmental Conservation: Natural Resouces Management Certificate of Achievement have fulfilled a portion of the Environmental Conservation : Natural Resources Management Major.
The Environmental Conservation major provides instructional training necessary for technician level positions in visitor information services, maintenance, resource protection, fish and wildlife, public safety, natural resource and watershed management. The program consists of 18 units of core requirements. Students then select one of three emphases: Parks and Recreation Management, Natural Resources Management, or Watershed Management, and complete 15 units in the chosen emphasis.
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 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.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence
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:
- Identify and discuss historical approaches to Natural Resource Management in the U.S.;
- develop and use vocabulary for the protection, cultivation and management of wildlands;
- discuss economic benefits to protecting healthy watershed characteristics including: recreation opportunities, biological diversity, species
richness and clean water;
- critically analyze and apply research and extension work in the field of forestry and NRM;
- identify and employ sustainable forestry practices strategies and characteristics for harvesting, logging, milling and wood conversion; and
- apply broad-based theories and applications in the natural resources management field to solve problems and address issues in the profession.
The requirements for the Environmental Conservation: Nat Resources Mgmt (AS) program are:
Complete 34 units from
- Environmental Conservation Core Requirements
- Natural Resources Management Emphasis Elective Requirements
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|Environmental Conservation Core Requirements - complete 18.00 units|
|AGBUS 2||Agricultural Computer Applications||3.00|
|NRM 12||Introduction to Environmental Conservation||3.00|
|NRM 51||Wildland Trees and Shrubs||3.00|
|NRM 84||Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Conservation||3.00|
|NRM 99I||Natural Resources Mgnt Occupational Work Experience Intern||2.00|
|NRM 111||Orientation to Natural Resources / Park Management Practices||4.00|
|Natural Resources Management Emphasis Elective Requirements - complete 15.00 units|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 15.00 units from the following:|
|AGRI 60||Soil & Plant Nutrition||3.00|
|NRM 66||Wilderness Skills||3.00|
|NRM 70||Forest Practices||4.00|
|NRM 72||Forest Fire Control & Its Use||3.00|
|NRM 73||Introduction to Forest Measurements||3.00|
|NRM 85||Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management||4.00|
|NRM 86||Watershed Monitoring and Assessment||2.00|
|NRM 88||Watershed Ecology and Restoration||3.00|
|NRM 91||Rangeland Management||3.00|
|NRM 102||Selection and Propagation of Native Plants for Restoration||0.50|
|NRM 103||Restoring Native Habitats||0.50|
|NRM 121||Global Positioning Systems||2.00|
|NRM 131||Park and Forest Trails Maintenance and Reconstruction||2.50|
|NRM 132||Chainsaw Safe Operation and Care||0.50|
|NRM 141||Beginning Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety||1.00|
|NRM 142||Orienteering for Wilderness Users||1.00|
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:|
|LIR 10||Introduction to Information Literacy||1.00|
|LIR 30||Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects||1.00|
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.
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.