Natural Resources Conservation

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Curriculum Requirements

As a student in this program, you are required to complete a minimum of 62 credit hours with a grade point average of no lower than C (2.0). For this degree program, you must successfully complete the following:

Program Core

  • AGR 100 Soil Science
  • BIO/CON 103 Environmental Science
  • BIO 121 General Biology I OR BIO 125 Foundations of Life Science
  • BIO 221/CON 202 Principles of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology
  • BIO/CON 224 Introduction to Dendrology and Field Botany
  • CON 100 First Year Experience in Conservation
  • CON 102 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife
  • CON 122 Introduction to Applied Field Techniques
  • CON 190 Conservation Field Camp
  • CON 203 Seminar in Environmental Conservation
  • CON/GIS 241 Applications of Global Positioning System
  • CON 245 Environmental Conservation Capstone
  • 3 credit hours of Conservation (CON) Electives
  • 6 credit hours of Approved Electives

General Education

  • COM 110 Public Speaking OR COM 115 Interpersonal Communication
  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • ENG 102 Introduction to Reading Literature
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in US History and Civic Engagement OR World History and Global Awareness
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Social Sciences and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Mathematics

Approved Electives

Approved Conservation/Forest Resources Electives:

  • BIO/CON 246 Limnology
  • CON 215 Unique Ecological Communities
  • CON 235 Wetland Science and Practice
  • CON/FOR 243 Introduction to Sustainable Forest Management
  • CON/FOR 244 Introduction to Forest Measurements

SUNY General Education Electives

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