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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate critical-thinking problem-solving skills.
  2. Effectively communicate scientific and technical knowledge in a professional manner.
  3. Demonstrate competency in scientific and technical knowledge related to forestry and environmental management in the following key areas:
    1. Forest Ecology and Biology – watershed, vegetation, and stand classification; analysis and prediction of stand dynamics; disturbance ecology;
    2. Measurement of Forest Resources – forest sampling and inventory, biometrics, GPS, GIS, remote sensing;
    3. Management of Forest Resources – develop vegetation, fuel, stand, landscape prescriptions and management plans; environmental impact analysis, profitability and valuation analysis;
    4. Forest Resource Policy and Administration – present and defend management plans, work in interdisciplinary (i.e., ID) teams, apply forest policies and regulations to management decisions.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills and information management specific to their discipline areas.
  5. Exhibit an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities as forest managers, natural resources managers, environmental managers, including respect for diversity.
  6. Promote life-long learning habits by exposing students to the discovery process of applied research and demonstration projects conducted by the faculty.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, student must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
NR 140Careers in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences1
NR 141Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management3
NR 208Dendrology4
NR 215Land and Resource Measurements1
NR/LA 218Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
NR 260Forest Practices and Environmental Protection4
NR 305Forest Ecology and Silvics4
NR 307Fire Ecology3
NR 315Measurements and Sampling in Forested Environments4
NR 320Watershed Processes and Management4
NR 326Natural Resources Economics and Valuation4
NR 335Conflict Management in Natural Resources4
NR 350Urban Forestry3
NR 365Silviculture and Vegetation Management4
NR 402Forest Health4
NR 414Sustainable Forest Management4
Select from the following: 112
Environmental Impact Analysis and Management
and Environmental Policy Analysis
and Senior Project - Ecosystem Management
Forest Stewardship Practices
and Senior Project - Forest Stewardship
Concentration (29 - 33 units) or Approved Electives (18 units) in combination with Free Electives 2, 318-33
SUPPORT COURSES
ASCI 239Principles of Rangeland Management 44
or BIO 227 Wildlife Conservation Biology
or BIO 427 Wildlife Management
or PHYS 121 College Physics I
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 53-4
or BRAE 345 Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B4) 64
BRAE 237Introduction to Engineering Surveying2-4
or BRAE 239 Engineering Surveying
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3) 64
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B1) 6, 74
or MATH 221 Calculus for Business and Economics
SS 120Introductory Soil Science4
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 64
or STAT 218 Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)56
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0-11
Total units180-187

Concentrations

Approved Electives Guide

Approved electives are courses that support the below career areas. Refer to number(s) next to each course to identify which courses align with each of the career areas. Consultation with an advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

  1. Climate Change Science
  2. Environmental Mitigation Strategies
  3. Environmental Policy and Management
  4. Environmental Soil Science
  5. Forest and Environmental Practices
  6. Geology
  7. Geospatial Technology
  8. Sustainable Agriculture
  9. Urban Forestry

Additionally, a student may earn one or more of the following minors through the appropriate selection of approved electives in combination with free electives (refer to advising materials for minor):

  • Anthropology and Geography
  • Biology
  • Geographic Information Systems for Agriculture
  • Geology
  • Indigenous Studies in Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Sustainable Environments
  • Water Science
Approved Electives
Select from the following:
Courses used to meet a degree requirement cannot double count as an elective.
Landscape Installation and Maintenance 5, 9
Plant Propagation 5, 9
Organic Enterprise Project 8
Environmental Horticulture 8, 9
Plant Materials I 5, 9
Plant Materials II 5, 9
Precision Farming 7, 8
Agricultural Entomology 8
Principles of Organic Crop Production 8
Weed Biology and Management 5, 8
Plant Pathology 8
Vertebrate Pest Management 5
Abiotic Plant Problems 9
Native Plants for California Landscapes 8, 9
Organic Crop Production Systems 8
Arboriculture 5, 9
Insect Pest Management 8
Biological Control for Pest Management 8
Cropping Systems 8
Current Issues in the Strawberry Industry 8
Internship in Agriculture 8
The Global Environment 8
Holistic Management 5, 8
Agricultural Economics 8
Agricultural Policy 8
Agricultural Personnel Management 8
Cultural Anthropology 1
World Prehistory
Human Geography
Biological Anthropology 1
Principles of Animal Science 8
Introduction to Beef Production 8
Systems of Small Ruminant Management 8
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management 8
California Rangeland & Ranch Resource Management 1,2,3,8
Applied Practices for Monitoring California Rangelands 1,2,3,8
Vertebrate Field Zoology 2
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 2
Wildlife Management 2
Plant Physiology 5
Agricultural Machinery Safety 8
Agricultural Power and Machinery Management 8
Design Graphics and CAD for Agricultural Engineering
Engineering Surveying 7
Aquacultural Engineering 1,2,3,8
Irrigation Water Management 5, 8
Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 7
Energy for a Sustainable Society 1
Water for a Sustainable Society 1,2,3,8
Advanced Surveying with GIS Applications 7
Design Principles in Civil Engineering 7
Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering 7
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II 4
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III 4
Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
Introduction to Urban Planning 3, 5, 7, 9
Introduction to Environmental Planning 5, 7
Land Use Law 3, 5
Fundamentals of Computer Science for Scientists and Engineers I 7
Microeconomics 3
Environmental Economics 3
Sustainable Environments 8
Rocks and Minerals 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Physical Geography 1
Soil Erosion and Water Conservation 4, 8
Geomorphology 4, 6
Climate and Humanity 1
Field-Geology Methods 6
Geologic Mapping 6
Global and Regional Climatology 1
Applied Meteorology and Climatology 1
Applied Environmental Groundwater Hydrology 4
Applied Environmental Contaminant Transport 4
Survey of Indigenous Studies 9
Global Geography 1
Applications in Remote Sensing 1, 7
Physical Geology 6
Geologic Excursions 6
Physical Geology Laboratory 6
Seismology and Earth Structure 6
Igneous Petrology
Metamorphic Petrology
Principles of Stratigraphy 6
Structural Geology 6
Applied Geophysics 6
News Reporting and Writing 5
Agricultural Communications 5
Calculus II 6
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Microbiology 5
Microbial Ecology 5
Environmental Management 8
Special Problems for Undergraduates 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Wildland Fire Control 5, 9
Fire and Society 5
Technology of Wildland Fire Management 5
Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems 8
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Wildland Fire Management 5, 8, 9
Urban Forestry 5, 9
Drone Assisted Surveying 4
Ethnicity and the Land 5
Undergraduate Seminar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Environmental Law 2, 3, 5, 8, 9
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy 9
Water Resource Law and Policy 2, 3, 5, 8
Agricultural Law 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
Applied GIS 1, 5, 7, 9
Watershed Assessment and Protection 5
Wetlands 2, 4, 5
Stream Measurements and Water Quality Monitoring 5, 9
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses 5, 9
Systems Thinking in Environmental Management 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection 5, 9
Environmental Ethics 3
College Physics II 6
General Physics II
American and California Government 3
Judicial Process 3
American Constitutional Law 3
Civil Rights in America 3
Civil Liberties 3
Introduction to Parks and Outdoor Recreation 3
Experience Design 3
Leadership and Diverse Groups 2
Environmental and Wilderness Education 3
Leadership in Outdoor Experiences 3
Soil Health and Plant Nutrition 4, 5, 8
Soil Morphology 3, 4, 5, 7
Soil Plant Relationships 4, 8
Soil Ecology 4
Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry 4
Digital Soil Mapping 3, 4, 5, 7, 9
Forest and Range Soils 4, 5, 7, 9
Soil Judging 4
World Food Systems 8
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development 8
Basic Viticulture 8
Advanced Viticulture - Fall 8
Advanced Viticulture - Winter 8
Advanced Viticulture - Spring 8
Winegrape Vineyard Management 8
Any upper division AEPS, AG, ANT, BIO, BOT, BRAE, CHEM, COMS, CRP, EDES, ERSC, GEOG, JOUR, LA, MCRO, NR, SS or UNIV courses

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units56