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Natural Resources Technician

10-057-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 65 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Love the outdoors? Have a passion for improving and protecting the environment? If you want to work with natural resources, this program will prepare you for careers such as a fisheries technician, surveyor, soil and water conservationist, wastewater technician or naturalist. Your professional field training will include equipment operation and field data collection for water quality and wastewater analysis, fisheries, forest management, wildlife management and soil analysis. As a technician, you may assist in managing, improving and protecting forests, rangelands and wildlife habitats. Your training also prepares you to provide technical assistance in the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources in a variety of public or private settings.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (42 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Ecology
10-057-109
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Examines the relationships and interrelationships of living organisms in their environment. Students study natural selection and speciation, environmental conditions, populations and competition, succession, energy flow and biogeochemical cycles, and the diversity of ecosystems.
Coreq: Written Communication (10801195) or English Composition 1 (10801136)
Plant Identification
10-057-140
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Provides a basic study of the trees, grasses, herbs and aquatics of Wisconsin. The class focuses on the principal species of seven major plant communities: forest, bog, agriculture, prairie, marsh, shrub and beach.
Exploring Natural Resources
10-057-183
3Credit
90
72
90 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Provides basic study of natural resources, focusing on their abundance, importance, and conservation. The physical biological variables of the environment will be studied in field and classroom settings. Career development will be incorporated to expose students to job-related activities for the following core areas: wildlife and fisheries, forestry, surveying, outdoor recreation, soils, and water quality and wastewater management.
Natural Resources Common Topics
10-057-143
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Introduces U.S. public land surveys, topographic maps, orienteering principles and mapping. Other topics include the polar planimeter, dot grid, abney levels and clinometers, basic aerial photo uses, and chainsaw use and maintenance.
Coreq: Math for Common Topics 10804117 OR College Mathematics 10804107
Math for Natural Resources Common Topics
10-804-117
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Includes real numbers, linear equations, rate, ratio, proportion, percent, measurement systems, computational geometry and right-triangle trigonometry. Emphasis is on applied problems from the field of natural resources (surveying, water treatment, forestry, plant and wild life management).
Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 46+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 16+ OR Arith Prep 10834109; Coreq: Natural Resources Common Topics 10057143
Surveying 1
10-057-106
3Credit
108
54
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Introduces the use of an auto level, laser level and theodolite. Emphasis is on the fundamental concepts and principles of basic topographic surveying and mapping. Several computer programs are used to generate maps.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Natural Resources Co-op Experience
10-057-142
2Credit
108
18
108 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Enables the student to volunteer 80 hours of service to one or more natural resource agencies for approved job training. The student's progress is monitored by the instructor through direct communication with the participating agency. This course is taken in the fall semester of a student's final academic year.
Prereq: Surveying 1 (10057106); Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Surveying 2
10-057-107
3Credit
108
54
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Acquaints the student to the open and closed traverse and the general methods utilized with the total station and data collector for field data collection. Computer software programs are used to help aid the student in map production.
Prereq: Surveying 1 (10057106); Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Select a total of 24 credits from these options
Wildlife Mgmt - Nongame and Hunted Species
10-057-128
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Introduces wildlife ecology and management. The course focuses on habitat restoration and maintenance, deer management, wildlife damage control, ecological concepts and population dynamics.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Forestry 1
10-057-132
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Covers tree and shrub identification (dendrology), forest mapping, stand inventory, basic forest ecology, silvicultural practices and timber types. This course prepares students to perform more specific job-related tasks in Forestry 2.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Soil and Water Conservation
10-057-134
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Examines the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil in relation to water and wind erosion. The identification, planning and use of soil and water conservation practices are examined, and students study the relationship of soil fertility to conservation and management.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Environmental Water Quality
10-057-136
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Examines the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of surface and groundwater. Water quality standards and regulations are discussed. Surveys of the various forms and sources of water pollutants are conducted, and water quality assessments, using biological indicators and chemical tests, are covered. The course includes a brief overview of the treatment process.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117); Coreq: General Chemistry (10806134)
Wastewater Management
10-057-137
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Studies in waste treatment systems in detail, including the collection, handling and disposal of wastewaters and sludges. Laboratory work emphasizes the tests and methods used to evaluate the performance of treatment units.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); Written Communication (10801195); Coreq: General Chemistry (10806134)
Fish Mgmt-Ichthyology,Limnology/Field Pract
10-057-129
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Students will learn about fish identification and classification, and lakes and streams as a life environment. Field techniques and practices used in studying and managing fish will be presented. Several hands-on field experiences are conducted.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Forestry 2
10-057-133
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. A continuation of Forestry 1 with studies of aerial photography applications, logging operations, lumber scaling and grading, fire weather and fire suppression, tree planting and seeding operations, forest diseases and insects of the lake states. It culminates with field trips to natural resource agencies to view the practices and principles learned during class.
Prereq: Forestry 1 (10057132)
Soil and Water Conservation/Engineering
10-057-135
3Credit
72
90
72 hours in class and estimate 90 hours outside of class. Explores in greater detail soil and water conservation practices including planning, design, quantities, cost lists and field layout. Auto level, theodolite and laser level will be used throughout class. Field locations will help familiarize students with the standards and specifications used in the design of structural and vegetable erosion control practices. Proper construction and maintenance of these practices are stressed.
Prereq: Surveying 1 (10057106); Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Soil and Water Conservation (10057134); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Recreation Facilities Maintenance
10-057-130
3Credit
81
81
81 hours in class and estimate 81 hours outside of class. Introduces general maintenance activities applied at recreation facilities through a combination of lecture, lab and fieldtrips. Planning and maintenance of various recreation trail types and facilities along with the operation and maintenance of chainsaws, brush saws and lawn care equipment.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); NR Common Topics (10057143); Written Communication (10801195); Math for Common Topics (10804117)
Forest Recreation Environmental Education
10-057-131
3Credit
81
81
81 hours in class and estimate 81 hours outside of class. Emphasis will be creating and presenting environmental education activities to various audiences. The design and delivery of environmental curriculum is the focus and will be augmented with additional public presentations and volunteering at area environmental centers. Individual and group laboratory projects and presentations are required.
Prereq: Exploring Natural Resources (10057104 or 10057183); Ecology (10057109); Written Communication (10801195)

General Studies (20 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
General Biology
10-806-114
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Introduces general biological concepts and principles. Emphasis is on cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and taxonomical relationships. Consideration is also given to diversity among the various kingdoms. This course emphasizes an environmental perspective and is suitable for students in Natural Resources, Early Childhood Education, Laboratory Science, Forensic Science and others interested in environmental biology.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
General Chemistry
10-806-134
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Covers inorganic chemistry and basic organic chemistry. Topics include metrics, problem solving, atomic structure, chemical reactions, solutions and concentrations, ionization, pH and organic compounds.
Prereq: Alg – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 51+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 18+ OR Alg Prep 10834109 OR College Tech Math 1 10804115 OR College Tech Math 1A 10804113 OR College Math 10804107 OR Math Common Topics 10804117
Economics
10-809-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Natural Resource Technical Field Experience
10-057-108
3Credit
108
54
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Involves fish and wildlife projects identified by the natural resources team. Possible projects include computer work, wetland restoration, GIS and GPS work, fish surveys, prescribed burnings, dike construction, use of tranquilizer dart and blow guns, and sturgeon data collection.
Coreq: Surveying 1 (10057106) or consent of instructor
AutoCAD, Introduction to
10-606-114
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers the very basics of AutoCAD - introduction to the user interface, basic drawing commands, basic editing commands, and basic viewing commands. This course will give the student a comfort level for working within the AutoCAD environment and the knowledge needed for more advanced CAD courses offered within the various degree programs.
Equipment Operation, Horticulture
10-001-117
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Teaches students how to operate a variety of landscape equipment. Hands-on training will require the students to acquire an understanding of the safe operation of equipment. Focus will be on pre-operation, operation, and post-operation procedures and skills.
OPE Operation & Maintenance
10-461-114
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Focuses on maintaining and operating skid steer loads, forklifts, till-handlers, turf mowing equipment and landscape equipment. The course provides operators' certification. Safety glasses are required.
Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180
10-058-160
2Credit
45
77
45 hours in class and estimate 77 hours outside of class. Prepares new firefighters in basic firefighting skills and behavior factors that will aid them in the safe and effective control of wildland fires.
S212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws
10-058-162
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Provides introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine-powered chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire application.
Prereq: Wildfire Intro S130/S190/L180 (10057160 or 10057160) and Emergency Medical Responder (10531104) or First Responder (10531105) or current certification in basic First Aid and CPR or not pursuing a degree

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