Natural Resources Conservation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Curriculum Requirements

As a student in this program, you are required to complete a minimum of 62 credit hours with a grade point average of no lower than C (2.0). The conservation field camp course (CON 190) is designed to provide one week of intense field experiences in conservation and recreation. The camp is held in May, immediately after the spring semester, and runs for one week. This course is required and should be taken as early as possible. For this degree program, you must successfully complete the following:

Program Core

  • AGR 100 Soil Science
  • BIO/CON 103 Environmental Science
  • BIO 121 General Biology I OR BIO 125 Foundations of Life Science
  • BIO 221/CON 202 Principles of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
  • BIO/CON 224 Introduction to Dendrology and Field Botany
  • CON 100 First Year Experience in Conservation
  • CON 102 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife
  • CON 122 Introduction to Applied Field Techniques
  • CON 190 Conservation Field Camp
  • CON 203 Seminar in Environmental Conservation
  • CON/GIS 241 Applications of Global Positioning System
  • CON 245 Environmental Conservation Capstone
  • 3 credit hours of Conservation (CON) Electives
  • 6 credit hours of Approved Electives

General Education

  • COM SUNY General Education approved course in Basic Communication: Oral
  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • ENG 103 Composition II
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course from one of the following categories:
    • American History
    • Western Civilization
    • Other World Civilizations
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Social Sciences
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Mathematics

Approved Electives

Approved Conservation/Forest Resources/Water Resources Electives:

  • BIO/CON 246 Limnology
  • CON 215 Unique Ecological Communities
  • CON 217 Environmental Planning and Impact Analysis
  • CON 229 Stream Ecology and Monitoring
  • CON 235 Wetland Science and Practice
  • CON 239 Introduction to Ecological Management Practices
  • CON/FOR 243 Introduction to Sustainable Forest Management
  • CON/FOR 244 Introduction to Forest Measurements
  • CON 255/WFS 130 Wildland Fire Suppression
  • CON/WFS 256 Fire Ecology
  • WFS 212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

SUNY General Education Electives

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