Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation A.S.
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 10 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 environmentally related problems
- develop organizational skills, collaborative work experience, and sensitivity to an organizational culture.
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.