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Natural Resources Program Guide

Graduates of this pathway will be able to choose between advanced studies in a four-year natural resources program and a broad range of technical natural resources careers, including seasonal and full-time positions in which they collect natural resources field information. In professional and personal functions, graduates will be able to draw on a basic understanding of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, safe and accurate measurement techniques, and the social context of natural resources management. Most program courses transfer to four-year institutions to create opportunities for educational and career advancement beyond the technical level in natural resources fields. The program was developed collaboratively with local natural resource agencies and organizations.

Core program courses may have prerequisite requirements. English and mathematics courses require qualifying assessment scores or acceptable preparatory coursework in these subjects. See course descriptions for details. A "C" grade (2.0) or better is expected in the natural resource program courses in order for students to be successful in a career in natural resources. Students interested in transferring for a university degree in natural resources should work closely with the program adviser on course selection and sequencing.

Required Courses: Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Degree**

First Year - Fall Quarter Credits
NATR 108 Exploring Natural Resources 3
NATR 112 Mathematical Applications for Nat. Resources 2
ENGL& 101* Composition: General 5
Flexible opening #1 5
First Year - Winter Quarter  
NATR 240 Maps, Navigation, and Arial Photos 5
NATR 160 Forest Health and Ecology 5
NATR 158 Employment Seminar 2
Flexible opening #2 5
First Year - Spring Quarter  
ENVS 231 Intro to Forest Resources 5
BIOL 186 Survey of Plants of the Pacific Northwest 5
Flexible opening #3 5
Second Year - Fall Quarter  
NATR 260 Forest Mensuration  5
ENVS 230 Intro to Fisheries Science and Management 5
Flexible opening #4 5
Second Year - Winter Quarter  
GEOG 215 Intro to GIS 5
NATR 270 Silviculture 5
Flexible opening #5 5
Second Year - Spring Quarter  
NATR 220 Intro to Wildland Fire Ecology  5
NATR 235 Society & Natural Resources 5

NATR 280

Harvest Systems 5

NATR 210

Natural Resources Portfolio 2
  Total Credits for Degree*** 98

Flexible options

  • CMST 210
  • MATH 146 or MATH 107
  • Area of Interest Choice 1
  • Area of Interest Choice 2
  • ENGL 2XX

 Due to variations in course offerings, students should determine their elective choices AND when those classes are offered, and then build a two-year plan that best fits those selections. There is a flexible opening available for each quarter except Spring of year two.

*Placement score required.

**Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Degree: the AAS-T is built upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level general education component, common in structure for all such degrees. The distinguishing characteristic of the AAS-T is a minimum of 20 credits of general education courses drawn from the same list as those taken by students completing the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree (that is, the courses generally accepted in transfer). AAS-T courses are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and as preparation for the junior year in a bachelor's degree commonly described as the bachelor of applied science (BAS). The AAS-T degree generally will not be accepted in transfer in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees, although the general education component of the degree will be accepted in transfer. (State Board for Community and Technical Colleges).

***4 credits of NATR 196/296 required. This can be completed any quarter or split over miltiple quarters.