Offered Only at Centerville Campus
This focus area provides a broad foundation for students interested in continuing their degree work in order to pursue career opportunities in forestry, parks, recreation, agronomy, wildlife management, fisheries, environmental sciences, animal ecology, and food sciences. Some entry-level jobs can be found with an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, but most careers in this area will require at least a baccalaureate degree.
Students who take the courses recommended in the natural resources focus area will be able to:
- understand relationships between environmental resources and human wants and needs.
- be able to apply scientific thought and processes.
- employ analytic and problem-solving skills.
- develop the tools to apply solutions in real world situations.
- use the scientific process and describe the development of scientific ideas.
- be successful in upper-level science courses.
Students who study the natural resources area have an interest in the environment and promoting the appropriate use of natural resources. Most employment opportunities are based on the completion of a baccalaureate degree. Many graduates from these programs find employment in the private sector while others have joined metropolitan, state, and federal agencies.
Preparation for IHCC:
Prospective students should have a strong background in science and mathematics as well as good writing and reading skills. Students should have three years of high school math and course work in biology and chemistry.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the natural resources program at the college to which they plan to transfer. Students should consult with an advisor at the transfer institution and with an IHCC academic counselor to plan a program that meets those requirements. The following list of classes will provide a solid foundation for most areas of study natural resources. Note that college biology is a one-year course and it is important to take all three majors-level IHCC biology courses (BIO120, BIO121, and BIO122). If a student takes only one or two of the three courses, they may not transfer easily to a four-year college.