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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, fire and fuels management, 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.

NR 140Careers in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences1
NR 141Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management3
NR 204Wildland Fire Control3
NR 208Dendrology4
NR 215Land and Resource Measurements1
NR/LA 218Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
NR 260Forest Operations4
NR 305Forest Ecology and Silvics4
NR 307Fire Ecology3
NR 308Fire and Society (Upper-Division D) 14
NR 310Global Climate Change (Upper-Division B) 14
NR 315Forest Mensuration4
NR 320Watershed Processes and Management4
NR 326Natural Resources Economics and Valuation4
NR 335Conflict Management in Natural Resources4
NR 350Urban Forestry3
NR 365Silviculture and Fuels Management4
NR 402Forest Health4
NR 414Sustainable Forest Management4
Select from the following: 212
Environmental Impact Analysis and Management
and Environmental Policy Analysis
and Senior Project - Ecosystem Management
Forest Stewardship Practices
and Senior Project - Forest Stewardship
Concentration (26-28 units) or Approved Electives (14 units) in combination with Free Electives 3, 414-28
ASCI 239Principles of Rangeland Management 54
or BIO 227 Wildlife Conservation Biology
or BIO 363 Principles of Conservation Biology
or BIO 427 Wildlife Management
or PHYS 121 College Physics I
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B3) 14
BRAE 237Introduction to Engineering Surveying2-4
or BRAE 239 Engineering Surveying
BRAE 345Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing3
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B4) 1, 64
or MATH 221 Calculus for Business and Economics
SS 120Introductory Soil Science4
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (GE Electives) 14
or STAT 218 Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives0-12
Total units180-184


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:
If a course is taken to meet a Major or Support requirement, it cannot be double-counted as an Approved Elective.
Principles of Organic Crop Production 8
Internship in Agriculture 8
The Global Environment 8
Holistic Management 5, 8
Agricultural Economics 8
Agricultural Policy 8
Agricultural Personnel Management 8
Agricultural Communications 5
Cultural Anthropology 1
World History Before Writing
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
Spatial Ecology 2,7
Plant Pathology 8
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
Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications 4
Introduction to Urban Planning 3, 5, 7, 9
Introduction to Environmental Planning 5, 7
Land Use Law 3, 5
Microeconomics 3
Environmental Economics 3
Sustainable Environments 8
Writing Arguments about STEM 1, 2, 3
Writing Sustainability 1, 2, 3
Rocks and Minerals 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Physical Geography 1
Soil Erosion and Water Conservation 4, 8
Climate and Humanity 1
Global and Regional Climatology 1
Applied Meteorology and Climatology 1
Field-Geology Methods 6
Geologic Mapping 6
Geomorphology 4, 6
Applied Environmental Groundwater Hydrology 4
Applied Environmental Contaminant Transport 4
Global Geography 1
Applications in Remote Sensing and GIS 1, 7
Biodiversity and Biogeography Methods
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
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
Resource Law Enforcement 5,9
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
Leadership Practice 3, 5
Environmental Ethics 3
College Physics II 6
General Physics II
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
Weed Biology and Management 5, 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
Current Issues in the Strawberry Industry 8
American and California Government 3
Judicial Process 3
World Food Systems
American Constitutional Law 3
Civil Rights in America 3
Civil Liberties 3
Physical Oceanography 1
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
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 SCM course and any upper-division AG, ANT, BIO, BOT, BRAE, CHEM, COMS, CRP, EDES, ERSC, GEOG, GEOL, JOUR, LA, MCRO, NR, PLSC, RPTA, SS or UNIV courses

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking 14
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 20
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 20
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 20
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 20
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C 34
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D (4 units in Major) 20
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 24
Total units48