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Natural Resources Technology: Forest Resources
Limited Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Limited Entry program is available by accessing the Admissions to Limited & Restricted Entry Programs page.

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Jason Pinkerton: 503-491-6941 Room AC 2593

Joan DeYoung: 503-491-7322 - Room AC 2569

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The Natural Resources Technology program, Forest Resources option, prepares students for positions of technical responsibility in natural resources management and research. Forest technicians serve in a wide variety of capacities and may work in such diverse areas as reforestation, mapping, vegetation inventory, outdoor recreation, timber appraisal, land surveying, harvesting, stream surveys, wildlife habitat enhancement and wildlife suppression. The Forest Resources option is a candidate degree program for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters.

Outdoor labs are an integral part of the coursework. Students learn practical field techniques used while employed in local forests, parks and natural areas. The courses incorporate technologically advanced equipment and software into the field data collection and analysis. In addition, each student completes a cooperative work internship, which gives college credit for on-the-job work experience. Good physical condition and the willingness to work in all kinds of weather are important for those interested in outdoor field positions.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Perform relevant field tasks required of natural resource technicians
  • Use a broad range of technological tools to research, document, map, measure, record and analyze data relevant to natural resources
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social influences on ecosystem management
  • Demonstrate professional skills needed for successful job performance.

Students desiring to enter the Natural Resources Technology program are advised that admission is on a first-come, first-served basis after satisfactory completion of placement criteria. Application packets are available on our web site at Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions about the admission process, please call 503-491-7165.

Selected courses may be transferred to several four-year institutions in appropriate bachelor degree programs. Check with the program adviser for current information.

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
F111 Introduction to Natural Resources 3
F141 Tree and Shrub Identification 3
NR160 Wildland Fire 3
NR180 Career Development in Natural Resources1 1
HPE285OL Wilderness Survival2,3 3
MTH060 Beginning Algebra I4 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
FT122 Forest Measurements I 5
FW251 Principles of Wildlife Conservation 3
BT210ZE Excel – Level I5 (1)
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)6 4
WR121 English Composition 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
FT221 Aerial Photo Interpretation and GPS 4
NR140 Introduction to Forest Soils 2
NR144 Forest Insects and Diseases 3
NR230 Forest Botany 3
MTH084 Applied Trigonometry with Modeling6 1
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
F200 Introduction to Forest Surveying 4
F240 Natural Resources Ecology 4
FT222 Forest Measurements II 4
WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
FT228 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
NR212 Current Issues in Forest Resources 1
NR242 Watershed Processes 3
NR244 Applied Silviculture I: Reforestation 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
FT235 Outdoor Recreation 3
FW254 Aquatic Wildlife: Biology and Techniques or
Related elective
NR238 Timber Harvesting and Products 5
NR246 Applied Silviculture II: Forest Stand Dynamics 3
WE280NR_ Cooperative Education Internship7 2
Total Credits 92-94

1 NR180 is taught as a three-day short course the week before fall term begins.
2 Students wishing to transfer may select HPE295.
3 Although HPE285OL is recommended, students who do not plan to transfer to a four-year school may also select any three credits of HE, PE or HPE.
4 Students placing into MTH065 are not required to take MTH060, but must replace MTH060 with another course to meet the 90 credits required for the AAS degree.
5Students are expected to use Excel spreadsheets in their NRT courses. Those unfamiliar with spreadsheets are advised to enroll in an Excel course.
6A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.) Successful completion of MTH095, MTH111, MTH112 or MTH251 will replace both MTH065 and MTH084.
7 Cooperative Education students are encouraged to satisfy WE280NR_ during the summer between their first and second years

Related Electives
The related elective is intended to provide enrichment in an area of interest to the student. In selecting a related elective, students should consult with their advisor to determine which course will best meet their academic and professional goals.

Recommendations include :
NR101 Natural Resources Fundamentals (for SEED only)
NR130 Introductory Forest Botany (for SEED only)
NR260 Field Projects

Other recommendations also include a foreign language, and any courses with the following prefixes: ANTH, BA, BI, CH, CIS, FW, ET , G, GEO, NR, SP and SHS. See adviser for baccalaureate curriculum.

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Transfer School's Web Link:
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