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Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation A.S. Program

West Woodlot

The Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation A.S. program was crafted so students can seamlessly transfer to the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at Syracuse University, Plattsburgh State University, Brockport State University, and other baccalaureate degree-granting institutions thereby ensuring junior status in baccalaureate degree curriculums. This is ensured with the articulation agreements that were established with these institutions. Students who successfully complete the Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation A.S. program also have the option of automatic acceptance into the Bachelor of Technology in Renewable Resources curriculum at Morrisville State College.

Students completing the Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation curriculum will

  • be well prepared to transfer into baccalaureate degree granting institutions at the junior level in an environmentally related field of study;
  • have a good foundation in the sciences including chemistry and/or physics and the biological sciences;
  • have completed eight general education pillars (this will position them properly for completing all ten pillars when they are awarded a baccalaureate degree);
  • have a good foundation in basic environmentally-related course work;
  • have verbal and written communication skills vital for success as an environmental professional;
  • have an understanding of local, state, and federal environmental regulations, such as SEQR (state environmental quality review) and NEPA (national environmental quality review) along with the role of policy in environmental problem-solving;
  • develop a critical and unbiased approach to solving environmental problems; and
  • develop organizational skills, collaborative work experience, and sensitivity to an organizational culture.

The Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation A.S. program will require a minimum of 64 credit hours of instruction. The specific required courses in the program will satisfy the general education requirements in eight areas or pillars. A physical science requirement is satisfied with 8 credits of chemistry and/or physics. Students lacking high school chemistry will also be required to take CHEM 101-Basic Chemistry for preparation. A mathematics proficiency through Math 103 (Algebra & Trigonometry III) is required. Students must also complete at least 9 credits of NATR/ENSC/AGRO electives.

First Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

ENGL 101
ENSC 102
NATR 100
NATR 144
ENVT 100
MATH*

Language & Composition
Botany: Form and Function of Seed Plants
Introduction to Forestry & Natural Resources
Seminar in Environmental Resources
Introduction to Environmental Technology
Mathematics (as advised)
3
3
3
1
3
3

 

Total for Semester 16
Spring Semester

 

ENGL 102
ENGL 121

BIOL 260
NATR/ENSC/AGRO
Language & Composition
Introduction to Speech
General Education**
Principles of Zoology
Elective
3
3
3
4
3

 

Total for Semester 16
Second Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

CHEM 121

PHYS 107

NATR/ENSC/AGRO
Elective

General College Chemistry I
-or-
Introductory Physics I
General Education**
Elective
Open Elective

4

4
6
3
3

 

Total for Semester 16
Spring Semester

 

CHEM 122

PHYS 108

PHYS 107
CITA 100

NATR/ENSC/AGRO
Elective
General College Chemistry II
-or-
Introductory Physics II
-or-
Introductory Physics I
Intro. to Computer Concepts & Applications
General Education**
Elective
Open Electives
4

4

4
2
3
3
4

 

Total for Semester 16

 

*Minimum one college-level math course at Math 103 level or higher is required for this program.
**A student must take 12 credits in 4 categories from the following list: Social Sciences, American History, Western Civilizations, the Arts, and Other World Civilizations.
 
Total for Program 64
     
NATR/ENSC/AGRO Electives (a minimum of 9 credits)
Fall Semester   Cr.

AGRO 110
ENSC 107
NATR 142
NATR 150
NATR 210
NATR 250

Soil Science
Integrated Pest Management
Plane Surveying
Aquaculture
Dendrology
Aquatic Ecology

3
1
3
3
3
3

Spring Semester    

ENSC 106
HORT 241
NATR 101
NATR 110
NATR 112
NATR 115
NATR 130
NATR 140
NATR 215
NATR 213
NATR 232
NATR 252
AGRO 110
NATR 160
NATR 161

Pesticide Use & Handling
Plant Protection
General Ecology
Natural Resources Measurements
Forest Protection
Forest Ecology
North American Waterfowl
Geology
Practices of Silviculture
Computer Assisted & Photogrammetric Mapping
Wildlife Management
Fish Ecology and Management
Soil Science
Principles of Arboriculture
Practices of Arboriculture

2
3
3
3
3
3
1
3
3
1
3
3
3
2
1

   

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 transfer and 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.
  • 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.

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