Natural Resources Technology A.A.S. Degree

Natural Resources Technology A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

For more than fifty years, the CLC Natural Resources Program has been providing students with a well-rounded background in natural resources, preparing them for work in a variety of fields. Courses in the natural resources program at Central Lakes College include a strong outdoor laboratory component, reinforcing classroom learning through application of these skills and knowledge in the field. Many of the first-year courses are blocked together to allow additional time for outdoor laboratories and opportunities to work on multidiscipline projects. Students also have the opportunity to experience additional extracurricular opportunities through paid summer internships offered by a variety of natural resources agencies, and participation in the Natural Resources Club that provides students with outdoor-based activities throughout the year, such as radio-tracking collared animals, administering deer check stations, and hosting interpretive programs. The relatively small size of the Natural Resource Program allows students the opportunity to know their instructors personally and to develop friendships with other students that last a lifetime.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate field identification of regionally important plants, mammals, birds and fish and their communities;
  • Use a broad range of technological tools to research, document, map, measure, record and analyze data relevant to natural resources;
  • Interpret how ecological relationships influence plants, mammals, birds and fish distribution, succession and biodiversity in ecosystems;
  • Analyze land characteristics and create land management plans;
  • Communicate in oral and written forms with supervisors, peers, area visitors and natural resource agencies;
  • Navigate and safely function in an outdoor workplace.

Career Opportunities

People in the natural resources work with environmental systems and human needs to manage a variety of resources in a sustainable fashion. Natural resources professionals regularly deal with issues such as biodiversity, economics, population trends, and the future quality of human life. The best opportunities for full-time work will require a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university in one of the natural resource disciplines or from a more holistic natural resource management degree. Some agencies (e.g., MN DNR Forestry) are beginning to hire students with two-year degrees for permanent, full-time work. Potential careers include forestry technician, wildlife manager, fisheries manager, fisheries technician, parks manager, park naturalist, hydrologist, soils scientist, and botanist.

Transfer Opportunities

The Central Lakes College Natural Resources Program offers an affordable alternative to a four-year institution. Through formal agreements, graduates of the program have the opportunity to transfer to Bemidji State University, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, WI and the University of Minnesota at Crookston, MN, to complete baccalaureate degrees.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

NATR 1112       Land Measurement……………………….. 3 cr
NATR 1115       Plant Taxonomy……………………………. 2 cr
NATR 1120       Dendrology…………………………………. 3 cr
NATR 1125       Ichthyology…………………………………. 3 cr
NATR 1130       Mammalogy………………………………… 3 cr
NATR 1135       Ornithology…………………………………. 3 cr
NATR 1140       Limnology…………………………………… 3 cr
NATR 1200       Introduction to Natural Resources………. 3 cr
NATR 1280       Introduction to GPS and GIS (Arc)……….. 2 cr
NATR 2110       Herpetology………………………………… 2 cr
NATR 2120*     Wetland Ecology…………………………… 3 cr
NATR 2130*     Wildlife Management…………………….. 3 cr
NATR 2140*     Fisheries Management……………………. 3 cr
NATR 2155       Soil Science…………………………………. 3 cr
NATR 2161*     Ecosystem Management…………………. 2 cr
NATR 2170       Advanced GPS and GIS……………………. 2 cr
NATR 2201       Introduction to Parks and Interpretation. 2 cr
NATR 2235*     Silviculture and Forest Management……. 3 cr

An A.A.S. degree requires a minimum of 15 credits selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Students must include within the MnTC component the following courses:

BIOL 2415         General Ecology (Goals 3,10)…………….. 4 cr
COMM 1410    Intro to Communication Studies (Goal 1) OR
COMM 1420    Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1) OR
COMM 1430    Public Speaking (Goals 1 and 2) OR
COMM 2420    Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7). 3 cr
ENGL 1410        Composition I (Goal 1)…………………….. 4 cr
ENGL 1411        Composition II (Goal 1)……………………. 4 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 63 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

Photo First Name Last Name Position Department Phone Email Alt. Phone: URL wdt_ID
Aubrey Beadell Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8014 aubrey.beadell@clcmn.edu 1
Nick O'Reilly Occupational Skills Program College Lab Assistant OccupationalSkills 218-855-8077 Nicholas.oreilly@clcmn.edu 2
Kevin Lomax College Lab Assistant Automotive Faculty 218-855-8000 KLomax@clcmn.edu 3
Mallori Sheik Director of Accessibility Services Accessibility 218-855-8175 mallori.sheik@clcmn.edu 4
Jody Flynn Accessibility Services Assistant Accessibility 218-855-8056 jody.flynn@clcmn.edu 5
Missy Tureson Box Office Assistant Theatre 218-855-8199 mtureson@clcmn.edu 6
Deana Bobzien Instructor Faculty Mathematics Supportive Services 218-855-8339 deana.bobzien@clcmn.edu 7
Brianna Rajkowski Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8228 brianna.rajkowski@clcmn.edu 8
Cynthia Dionysius AD Nursing Faculty NursingASDegree 218-855-8133 cindy.dionysius@clcmn.edu 9
Tajia Anderson PSEO Specialist Admissions - CollegeCreditInHighSchool- PSEO 218-855-8079 tajia.anderson@clcmn.edu 10
Tracy Tschida Instructor Faculty Psychology 2188-855-8328 tracy.tschida@clcmn.edu 11
Mike Fitcher Adjunct Instructor MachineTool 218-855-8000 michael.fitcher@clcmn.edu 12
Brent Balmer Videography CLA Videography 218-855-8727 brent.balmer@clcmn.edu 13
David Gray instructor HistoryTransferPathway - History 218-855-8276 david.gray@clcmn.edu 14
Jim Nagy Adjunct Instructor GraphicDesign 218-855-8157 james.nagy@clcmn.edu 15
Brandon Schneider Instructor HeavyEquipment 218-894-5179 brandon.schneider@clcmn.edu 16
Jim Kocherer Instructor FarmBusinessManagement 763-218-7030 jim.kocherer@clcmn.edu https://dynamicforms.ngwebsolutions.com/ShowForm.aspx?RequestedDynamicFormTemplate=0938e712-0d6d-4332-aba3-158670c49513 17
Natalia DePauw Director of Dual Enrollment Advising - PSEO - CollegeCreditInHighSchool 218-855-8263 natalia.depauw@clcmn.edu 18
Teresa Schmitz Assistant Director of HR Human Resources 218-855-8050 teresa.schmitz@clcmn.edu 19
Amy Disterhaupt Admissions Specialist Admissions 218-855-8250 amy.disterhaupt@clcmn.edu 20
Nick Heisserer Instructor BusinessInstructor - BusinessTransfer 218-855-8089 nick.heisserer@clcmn.edu https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CentralLakesCollege6@MinnState.edu/bookings/ 21
Matthew Krueger Environmental Health and Safety Officer Maintenance 218-855-8115 matthew.krueger@clcmn.edu 22
Mark Lindquist Instructor Music 218-855-8236 mark.lindquist@clcmn.edu 23
Joy Larson Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Security 218-855-8143 joy.larson@clcmn.edu 24
Jeremy Goddard Bookstore/Print Shop Bookstore Supportive Services 218-855-8146 Jeremy.Goddard@clcmn.edu 25
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