Natural Resources AS Degree (employment preparation)

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. 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.  

Course Code Title Units
Required CoursesUnits
With Advisor approval, choose 30 units from the following:30
Conservation of Natural Resources
Conservation of Natural Resources Lab
Introduction to Wildlife Management
Introduction to Ecosystem Management
Wildland Fire Technology
GPS and Map Use
Introduction to GIS
Native Plants - Mountain
Native Plants - Desert
Winter Birds
Migrant Birds - Fall
Migrant Birds - Spring
Natural Resources Work Experience (Maximum of 3 units may be used for work experience)
Soils & Plant Nutrition
Entomology - General & Applied
Pesticide Laws & Regulations
Fundamentals of Bookkeeping
Computer Literacy
Required Subtotal30
Elective Subtotal (with Advisor approval)10
COD General Education Pattern 118
Kinesiology Activities2