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Natural Resources

The Natural Resources (NR) program at College of the Desert is a gateway to many different environmentally-focused careers in such fields as: wildlife management, ecosystem management, wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, parks and recreation planning, environmental consulting, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), natural resources law enforcement, forensic entomology, urban planning, alternative energy, and many more. Transfer students who wish to prepare for four-year colleges will find not only the coursework but also the practical experience required for their majors and fields of interest.
 
NR programs also serve students who wish to enter directly an environmentally-related occupation (e.g., park ranger, zookeeper) upon completion of the two-year associate’s degree. For more information please call (760) 773-2571.
 
Advisor: K. Leuschner
kleuschner@collegeofthedesert.edu; (760) 776-7285

 
NATURAL RESOURCES ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE
for Employment Preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses: With advisor approval, choose 30 units from the following:
NR 1 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
NR 1L Conservation Natural Resources Lab 1
NR 3 Intro to Wildlife Management 3
NR 4 Intro to Ecosystem Mgmt 3
NR 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3
NR 20 GPS and Map Use 1
NR 21 Introduction to GIS 3
NR 41A,B Native Plants 1-3
NR 50 Winter Birds 1
NR 51A Migrant Birds - Fall 1
NR 51B Migrant Birds - Spring 1
NR 95A-C Work Experience 1-3
AGBU 59A Leadership 1
AGBU 59B Careers 1
AGPS 1 Soils & Plant Nutrition 4
AGPS 2 Entomology - Gen & Applied 4
AGPS 32 Pesticide Laws & Reg 2
BUAC 66 Fundamentals of Bookkeeping 3
CIS 10 Computer Literacy 4
  Required Subtotal 30
  Elective Subtotal (with advisor approval) 10
  COD General Education Pattern* 18
  Kinesiology Activities 2
DEGREE TOTAL 60
* To include AGPS 5, Plant Science (3)

 

 
NATURAL RESOURCES ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE
and Transfer Preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
NR 1 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
NR 1L Conservation Natural Resources Lab 1
BI 5 Molecular & Cell Biology 5
BI 6 Biology of Organisms 5
CH 1A General Chemistry 5
G 1 Physical Geology 4
​or G ​5 ​Environmental Geology (4)​
or G 10 The Earth Sciences (4)
Required Subtotal 23
Electives: 17 units to be chosen from the following:
NR 3 Intro to Wildlife Management 3
NR 4 Intro to Ecosystem Mgmt 3
NR 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3
NR 17 Natural Resources Law Enforcement 3
NR 20 GPS and Map Use 1
NR 21 Introduction to GIS 3
NR 41A,B Native Plants 1-3
NR 50 Winter Birds 1
NR 51A Migrant Birds - Fall 1
NR 51B Migrant Birds - Spring 1
​NR ​58 ​Reptiles of the Cochella Valley ​1
NR​ ​95A ​Natural Resources Work Experience ​1
​or NR ​95B ​​Natural Resources Work Experience ​2
​AGBU 59A​ ​Leadership ​1
​AGBU ​59B ​Careers ​1
AGPS 1 Soils & Plant Nutrition 4
AGPS 2 Entomology - Gen & Applied 4
AGPS 32 Pesticide Laws & Reg 2
G 17 Introduction to Oceanography 3
  Required Subtotal 23
  Elective Subtotal (with Advisor approval) 17
  COD General Education Pattern (confer with Counselor) 18
  Kinesiology Activities 2
DEGREE TOTAL 60
  Consult catalog of transfer institution for specific requirements.