Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation

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.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2020
Admissions criteria

Students must see the Program Director to enter this program.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Evaluate human impacts on ecosystems and human policy on managing natural resources.
  2. Reflect on field experiences to assess one`s interests, values, motivation, skills, and priorities as they relate to conservation work.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of fire behavior, methods of suppression, and fire command operations in a wildland environment.
  5. Analyze and report on the professional and ethical conduct and professional development in a sustainable resource agency environment.
  6. Perform assigned job-related duties and responsibilities in accordance with the field experience guidelines.
  7. Explain the concept of "leave no trace" as it applies to campsite selection, equipment use, and camp retirement.
  8. 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.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.

Course Sequence by Term

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 FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Pathway Map Option Details

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Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

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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/freeForm11?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.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.