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Natural Resources Conservation

MeasurementsThe Natural Resources Conservation (NRC)   associate of applied science (A.A.S.) program is the largest and oldest comprehensive environmental program offering the associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree in New York State. The NRC curriculum provides a scientific and technical education for those who will seek employment in areas directly involved with the environment. Curriculum flexibility also provides for those interested in advanced degrees. Many graduates are transferring into a number of environmental studies programs at major universities throughout the United States or pursuing the Renewable Resources B.Tech. program offered in our Department.

Natural Resources is a broad field, and the curriculum is designed to allow for some flexibility. The program is designed for occupationally oriented students who, following graduation, will be joining the work force.

First Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

NATR 100
NATR 144
ENSC 102
ENVT 100
MATH
ENGL

Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources
Seminar in Environmental Resources
Botany-Form and Function of Seed Plants Introduction to Environmental Technology
Mathematics (as advised)*
English (as advised)
3
1
3
3
3
3

 

Total for Semester 16
Spring Semester

 

NATR 110
NATR 101
AGEN 103
NATR 115
OFFT 110
GNED 104
AGRO 110
Natural Resources Measurements
General Ecology
Natural Resource Equipment Operation
Forest Ecology
Intro. to Spreadsheet Software
Basic Research Methods
Soil Science
3
3
2
3
1
1
3

 

Total for Semester 16
Second Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

NATR 120
NATR 250
NATR 142

AGEN 110
NATR 210
ENGL
HIST

Introduction to Recreation Area Management
Aquatic Ecology
Plane Surveying
-or-
Small Power Equipment
Dendrology
English 112, 121, or 102 (as advised)
101, 102, 103, or 104 (as advised)

3
3
3

2
3
3
3

 

Total for Semester 17-18
Spring Semester

 


NATR 232
NATR 252
NATR 215
NATR 112

NATR 213
HIST or SOCS
Elective
Three of the following four courses:
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Fish Ecology and Management
Practices of Silviculture
Forest Protection

Computer Assisted & Photogrammetric Mapping
(as advised)
Technical Elective

3
3
3
3

1
3
3

 

Total for Semester 16

 

*Demonstrated proficiency through MAGN 101 (Elementary Algebra) is required for this program.  
Total for Program 65-66
     
Electives

 

Cr.

NATR 130
NATR 150

NATR 160
NATR 161
BIOL 235
HORT 241
ENSC 106
ENSC 107
CAD 181
NATR 254
AGEN

North American Waterfowl
Aquaculture
Principles of Arboriculture
Practices of Arboriculture
Microbiology I
Plant Protection
Pesticide Use/Handling
Integrated Pest Management
Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting
Fish Health and Management
AGEN Elective

1
3
2
1
4
3
2
1
1
3
2-3

In addition, students may pursue the Forest Technology (one-plus-one program with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, ESF) option which provides the first year of a two-year program that is completed at New York State Ranger School. The degree of associate in applied science in Forest Technology is awarded upon graduation from ESF.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, and according to the particular concentration of this major, a successful graduate will be able to:

  • Describe the state of the natural resources profession and potential career opportunities.
  • Conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with an embodied sense of conservation stewardship.
  • Deal professionally and ethically with clients, the public, and agency personnel.
  • Utilize oral and computer communication skills necessary to interact in the profession.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in taxonomy and natural history.
  • Demonstrate hands-on experience in natural resource sampling, inventory, and measurement techniques.
  • Demonstrate competency in utilizing geospatial technologies (Global Positioning System -- GPS, Geographic Information System -- GIS, and remote sensing).
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in natural resource conservation.
  • Utilize existing technology, products, and services to maximize work efficiency and success.
  • Practice a collaborative spirit in team-efforts and project coordination.

Career Opportunities

Examining An Injured GooseA variety of career opportunities are available for graduates of the NRC program. Such opportunities are found in the management of parks, forestry, arboriculture, fisheries, and wildlife systems. Additional career opportunities are available with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) and other federal and state agencies. Other careers include conservation officers, zoo supervisors, and forestry technicians.


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