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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Natural Resources Management

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Natural Resources Management
Certificate in Ecological Restoration
Certificate in Parks and Recreation
Certificate in Wildlife Technician

Natural Resources Management Program
Ricky Wittsell, Advisor (530) 879-6194
Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2551
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Natural Resources curriculum is designed to meet the demand for trained personnel in a broad range of Natural Resource/Environmental Science fields in addition to numerous private organizations.

Career Opportunities
Intense pressures are being placed on the nation's environmental resources as the population increases. This creates an ever-growing demand for trained people to work in forestry, recreation, water, soil, wildlife and other natural resource/environmental management areas. Career opportunities exist with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and U.S. Soil Service as well as numerous private management firms, environmental companies, and land developers, to list a few job possibilities. Employment in any of these areas will provide an opportunity for working in one of the nation's most interesting, diversified and rapidly expanding fields. The work is varied. However, certain basic skills are fundamental.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Natural Resources Management 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Describe and apply the basic elements of the scientific method.
  • Identify basic environmental problems and describe how they affect the environmental's biotic and abiotic components.
  • Identify the main fish and game species located within the state and/or region of desired employment.
  • Evaluate the modern and historical roles of human impact on wildlife and wildlife management.
Required courses for the major: 39 Units

AGR 99 Work Experience-AGR Has prerequisite(s)2


Certificate in Ecological Restoration 17 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Identify the biologic and economic need for restoring and maintaining ecosystem health in California.
  • Demonstrate proper use of topographical maps, assessments, hand tools and equipment commonly used by ecological restorationists.
  • List and discuss wetland and upland habitat restoration techniques using native plants and various irrigation methods.
  • Examine and report the procedures required by law for the purpose of mitigating damage to the environment by industry.
  • Estimate cut and fill for a surveyed tract, operate wheel and track type tractors safely and properly, and perform operator level maintenance and adjustment of tractor systems.
  • Read and interpret basic irrigation designs and identify and troubleshoot irrigation problems with sprinklers, valves and controllers, then make the necessary repairs or replacements.
Required courses for the certificate:


Certificate in Parks and Recreation 17 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Acquire and demonstrate background knowledge in outdoor recreation as it relates to career opportunities, educational requirements, qualifications and duties of field personnel.
  • Evaluate recreation facilities and resources, identifying maintenance requirements, potential hazards, traffic, and people flow.
  • Demonstrate manipulative skills related to hand tools, power equipment, and machines commonly used in recreational land management.
  • Examine and report the procedures required by law for the purpose of mitigating damage to the environment by outdoor recreational activities.
  • Compile information from GPS data, aerial and topographical maps to analyze and present spatial configurations of natural resources on recreational lands.
Required courses for the certificate:


Certificate in Wildlife Technician 14 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Identify major game and fish species in northern California.
  • Assist in the capture, study, and management of wildlife.
  • Perform maintenance, participate in research, and interact with the public on wildlife areas or refuges.
  • Locate and analyze the federal and state acts, statutes and regulations which protect endangered species and other wildlife.
  • Utilize GPS and GIS systems to create and read maps of work areas.
Required courses for the certificate:

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