Natural Resources, Transfer Pathway
Offered at Centerville Campus
Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Indian Hills and transfer to a four-year institution and major in natural resources should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine specific requirements for the major they intend to pursue. Students who complete the Natural Resources Transfer Pathway will receive an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.
The Natural Resources Transfer Pathway 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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.
Program Total: 64 Credits