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Medical Office SpecialistNatural Resources Technology: Wildlife Resources
Limited Entry
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2015-2016*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Joan DeYoung: 503-491-7322
Room AC 2569
Joan.DeYoung@mhcc.edu

Jason Pinkerton: 503-491-6941
Room AC 2593
Jason.Pinkerton@mhcc.edu

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 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 www.mhcc.edu/LRadmissions. 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)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
F111 Introduction to Natural Resources
3
F141 Tree and Shrub Identification
3
NR160 Wildland Fire
3
BT210ZE Excel – Level I5
(1)
HPE285OL Wilderness Survival2,3
3
MTH060 Beginning Algebra I4
4
16-17
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
FT122 Forest Measurements I
5
FW251 Principles of Wildlife Conservation
3
NR180 Career Development in Natural Resources1
1
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)6
4
WR121 English Composition
4
17
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
FT221 Aerial Photo Interpretation and GPS
4
NR140 Introduction to Forest Soils
3
NR230 Forest Botany
3
FW253 Field Ornithology
4
MTH084 Applied Trigonometry with Modeling5
1
15
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
F200 Introduction to Forest Surveying
4
F240 Natural Resources Ecology
4
FW252 Mammals: Biology and Techniques
4
WR227 Technical Report Writing
4
16
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
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
14
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
Course Number
Course Title
Credits
FT235 Outdoor Recreation
3
NR260 Field Projects
3
FW254 Aquatic Wildlife: Biology and Techniques or
Related elective
3-4
WE280NR_ Cooperative Education Internship7
2
15-16
Total Credits 93-95

1Students are expected to use Excel spreadsheets in their NRT courses. Those unfamiliar with spreadsheets are advised to enroll in an Excel course before first or second quarter.
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.
5A 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.
6Cooperative Education students are encouraged to satisfy WE280NR_ during the summer between their first and second years.
7See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements, page 22. PSY101, HUM202 or BA285 are recommended. See adviser for transferability information.

MHCC Program Web Link: www.mhcc.edu/programs

Transfer School's Web Link:
Oregon State University - fw.oregonstate.edu/

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