Natural Resources AS Degree (transfer preparation)

The Associate of Science in 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.  

Course Code Title Units
Required CoursesUnits
NR 001Conservation of Natural Resources3
NR 001LConservation of Natural Resources Lab1
BI 005Molecular and Cell Biology5
BI 006Biology of Organisms5
CH 001AGeneral Chemistry I5
G 001Physical Geology4
or G 005 Environmental Geology
or G 010 The Earth Sciences
Electives (with Advisor approval)
Select 17 units from the following:17
Introduction to Wildlife Management
Introduction to Ecosystem Management
Wildland Fire Technology
Natural Resources Law Enforcement
GPS and Map Use
Introduction to GIS
Native Plants - Mountain
Native Plants - Desert
Winter Birds
Migrant Birds - Fall
Migrant Birds - Spring
Reptiles of the Coachella Valley
Natural Resources Work Experience (Maximum of 2 units may be used for work experience)
Soils & Plant Nutrition
Entomology - General & Applied
Pesticide Laws & Regulations
G 017
Required Subtotal23
Elective Subtotal17
General Education Requirements (confer with Counselor)18
Kinesiology Activities2

Consult catalog of transfer institution for specific requirements.