The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation program is designed for students seeking experiential education and professional development in the fields of natural resource management, wildland firefighting, and other conservation and outdoor-related occupations. Credits earned in this certificate can also be used towards the completion of the Academic Certificate (AC) in Sustainability and the Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Sustainability and Environmental Studies.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Evaluate human impacts on ecosystems and human policy on managing natural resources.
- Reflect on field experiences to assess one`s interests, values, motivation, skills, and priorities as they relate to conservation work.
- Demonstrate use of compass and global positioning system, in accordance with United States Geologic Survey topographic and local mapping systems, to locate given landmarks to identify a geographic location.
- Demonstrate knowledge of fire behavior, methods of suppression, and fire command operations in a wildland environment.
- Analyze and report on the professional and ethical conduct and professional development in a sustainable resource agency environment.
- Perform assigned job-related duties and responsibilities in accordance with the field experience guidelines.
- Explain the concept of "leave no trace" as it applies to campsite selection, equipment use, and camp retirement.
- Explain emergency procedures relevant to remote camping and recreational activities.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Forest and Conservation Technicians
Forest and Conservation Workers
Students must see the Program Director to enter this program.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Term 1 Term 1 Term 1
|BIO105 or |
|Environmental Biology or Introduction to Wildlife Management||No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in High school biology, or BIO100, or BIO181 or permission of Instructor.||SQ||4|
|REC282AC or |
|Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience or Recreational Resources and Facilities Management Internship||Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||3|
|REC150AB||Outdoor Adventure Skills||3|
|REC282AC||Volunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience||Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.||3|
|ABS/BIO274||Introduction to Wildlife Management||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in High school biology, or BIO100, or BIO181 or permission of Instructor.||4|
|GCO/REC271AC||Recreational Resources and Facilities Management Internship||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division.||3|
Term This Term maybe needed
|BIO100 or |
|Biology Concepts or General Biology (Majors) I or General Biology (Majors) I||No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended.||OR A grade of C or better in high school biology OR Permission of Instructor||SQ||4|
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=145377).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2020-2021||5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|