Desert Ecologist Certificate of Achievement

The Desert Ecologist Certificate is intended to prepare students to directly enter the conservation field in various capacities.  Students who achieve this certificate will become familiar with a broad range of ecological topics that are applicable anywhere but are also pertinent to the local desert environment. The Desert Ecologist Certificate prepares students for jobs as docents, volunteers, or paid employees working with a variety of local, state, federal and tribal agencies.

Semester 1

Course Code Title Units
NR 001 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
NR 001L Conservation of Natural Resources Lab 1
NR 003 or NR 004 Introduction to Wildlife Management or Introduction to Ecosystem Management 3
NR 020 GPS and Map Use 1
NR 021 Introduction to GIS 3
NR 051A Migrant Birds - Fall 1

Semester 2

Course Code Title Units
NR 041A Native Plants - Mountain 1
NR 041B Native Plants - Desert 1
NR 050 Winter Birds 1
NR 051B Migrant Birds - Spring 1
NR 058 Reptiles of the Coachella Valley 1
NR 095A Natural Resources Work Experience 1
  Major Elective Units from Group A 3-8

Major Elective Units List