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Natural Resources Technology: Wildlife 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:
Joan DeYoung: 503-491-7322 Room AC2569

Jason Pinkerton: 503-491-6941 Room AC2593

Walter Shriner: 503-491-7362 - Room AC 2591

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The Natural Resources Technology program, Wildlife Resources option, is designed to educate field technicians for natural resource management positions with an emphasis on wildlife resources. This ecosystem-centered program prepares students for jobs such as conducting wildlife and stream surveys, assessing wildlife habitat and prescribing restoration activities. Employment opportunities exist in local, state and federal agencies and in private industry.

A majority of the coursework involves hands-on experiences in classroom and field settings. Students use a variety of advanced equipment and technology. Each student completes a cooperative work internship. The curriculum culminates with a capstone field project in which students integrate their previous coursework into a “real-life” situation.

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 and wetland ecosystems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social influences on ecosystem management
  • Demonstrate professional skills needed for successful job performance.

Students desiring entry into the Natural Resource 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.

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 II6 4
WR121 English Composition 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
FT221 Aerial Photo Interpretation and GPS 4
NR140 Introduction to Forest Soils 2
NR230 Forest Botany 3
FW253 Field Ornithology 4
MTH084 Applied Trigonometry with Modeling6   1
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
F200 Introduction to Forest Surveying 4
F240 Natural Resources Ecology 4
FW252 Mammals: Biology and Techniques 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
BI103B General Biology III: Animal Behavior 4
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
FT235 Outdoor Recreation 3
NR260 Field Projects 3
FW254 Aquatic Wildlife: Biology and Techniques 4
WE280NR_ Cooperative Education Internship7 2
  Human Relations requirement8 3-4
Total Credits 93-95

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 MTH60, but must replace MTH060 with another course to meet the 90 credits required for the AAS degree.
5 Students are expected to use Excel spreadsheets in their NRT courses. Those unfamiliar with spreadsheets are advised to enroll in an Excel course.
6 A 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.
8BA285 is recommended.

‡See Associate of Applied Science Degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

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