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Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship program develops knowledge and understanding of the environmental and natural resource issues, problems, and policies through the study of selected courses. Students will examine the ethical theories and moral principles of global environmental issues, explore methods of inquiry, and the human impact on ecosystems and human policy related to natural resources.

Details

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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship (CER)
Academic Plan Code
6227N
Total Credits Required
25-27
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective term
Fall 2022
Notes

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all the courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

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

  1. Explain and demonstrate the process of scientific inquiry.
  2. Describe and translate levels of organization and interactions within ecosystems.
  3. Assess and test scientific knowledge and logic to understand and examine environmental problems.
  4. Identify and measure human impacts on ecosystems and human policy on managing natural resources.
  5. Describe and critique appropriate techniques for distinguishing fact from opinion.
  6. Describe the methods that policy makers use to evaluate improvements or modifications to environmental quality.
  7. Develop students' skills using analytical tools such as supply and demand graphs to critically analyze environmental quality and natural resource problems.
  8. Apply ethical theories and moral principles to global environmental moral issues.
  9. Compare and contrast methods of inquiry used to determine environmental and natural resources issues.
  10. Compare and contrast the use of appropriate models applied to address natural resource issues.
  11. Outline the operation of a local policy making body.
  12. Describe appropriate techniques for evaluating efficient economic use of renewable, nonrenewable, and recyclable resources.
  13. Evaluate how policy is made in an agency of government or a nonprofit organization.
Career Opportunities

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.

Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,170

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.
Admission Criteria

None.

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.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RDG100 or
RDG100LL
Successful College Reading or Disciplinary Literacy Lab OR Higher level reading course
OR Eligibility for CRE101
0–3
ECN211 or
ECN212
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles SB 3
PHI216 Environmental Ethics HU 3
POS110 American National Government SB 3
RE Restricted Elective 3–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO105 or
BIO181 or
BIO181XT or
ABS/BIO274
Environmental Biology or General Biology (Majors) I or General Biology (Majors) I or Introduction to Wildlife Management Students selecting BIO181 or BIO181XT must complete with a grade of C or better SQ 4
SSH111 Sustainable Cities G, HU, SB 3
SUS110 Sustainable World SB 3
RE Restricted Elective 3–4

Program Electives

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology G, SB 3
ASB222 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World G, H, HU, SB 3
ASB223 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World G, H, HU, SB 3
BIO108 Plants and Society SQ 4
CHM107 and
CHM107LL
Chemistry and Society and Chemistry and Society Laboratory SQ in combo w/ CHM107LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM107 4
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles Except if used for Required Courses area SB 3
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles Except if used for Required Courses area SB 3
FSC110 Wildland Firefighter 3
HIS190 Environmental History H 3
POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy SB 3
REC150AB Outdoor Adventure Skills 3

Restricted Electives

Course Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses 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.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Academic Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=173425).


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