Environmental Sciences

Students in biology

People who work in the natural resource systems industry perform a variety of tasks from helping to develop, maintain and manage the forest and natural environment to catching and trapping various types of marine life for human consumption, animal feed, bait and other uses. Forest and rangelands supply wood products, livestock forage, minerals and water; serve as sites for recreational activities and provide habitats for wildlife. Conservation scientists and foresters manage, develop, use and help protect these and other natural resources.

People who work in the environmental service systems industry are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal and public health issues. Environmental engineers and technicians conduct hazardous-waste management studies, evaluate the significance of the hazard, offer analysis on treatment and containment and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal sewage and industrial wastewater systems. They analyze scientific data, research environmental projects and perform quality control checks. Increasing public health concerns, will also spur demand for these positions.

Courses

Environmental & Natural Resource Management

Course Code: 5626

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology

The Environmental and Natural Resource Management course is designed to be an introductory course for the Environmental and Natural Resources pathway.  The course is a combination of subject matter and planned learning experiences on the principles involved in the conservation and/or improvement of natural resources such as air, soil, water, land, forest, and wildlife for economic and recreational purposes.  Instruction also emphasizes such factors as the establishment, management, and operation of land for recreational purposes.

Typical learning activities include constructing a model watershed; identifying and/or measuring the levels of air, water, noise, and solid waste pollution in a selected site; hands-on experiences with site analysis; evaluation of competing interests; analysis of biological and physical aspects of the environment and environment-related issues including methods of abating and controlling pollution; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in scholar activities.

Outdoor Recreation

Course Code:   5602

The Outdoor Recreation course is a combination of subject matter and planned learning experiences on the principles involved in outdoor safety, planning outdoor recreational activities, designing parks and special use areas, and outdoor recreational resources on public lands.  Instruction also emphasizes such factors as the establishment, management, and operation of land for recreational purposes.  Typical learning activities include hunter and boater education; ATV safety; survival and first aid techniques; planning, designing and maintaining an outdoor recreational area; and participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in scholar activities.
Wildlife Science

Course Code:  5674

The Wildlife Science course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the conservation and/or management of wildlife enterprises.

Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with analyzing problems and developing site plans including the essential elements, concepts, and skills related to wildlife management; understanding basic ecological concepts; implementing habitat management practices; identifying wildlife and fish species; analyzing policies, laws and regulations, and using natural resources for outdoor recreation; participation in personal and community leadership development activities and planning and implementing a relevant supervised agricultural experience; and participating in scholar activities

Environmental and Natural Resources Management for the Work Place I

Course Code:  5628

Environmental and Natural Resources for the Workplace I is an introductory course designed for programs involved in the Environmental Natural Resources Career Pathway.  The course is a combination of subject matter and planned learning experiences on the principles involved in the conservation and/or improvement of natural resources such as air, soil, water, and land for economic and recreational purposes.  Instruction also emphasizes such factors as the establishment, management, and operation of land for recreational purposes.

Typical learning activities include constructing a model watershed; identifying and/or measuring the levels of air, water, noise, and solid waste pollution in a selected site; hands-on experiences with site analysis; evaluation of competing interests; analysis of biological and physical aspects of the environment and environment-related issues including methods of abating and controlling pollution; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in scholar activities.