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Forestry & Natural Resources

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The program provides a broad general experience in the arts and science to develop an individual with a well-rounded education, and a core of basic courses which furnish the student with a perspective of the scientific and professional area of forestry, natural resources, fisheries and wildlife.

Students planning to go to work after completing a 2-year degree should complete the A.S. degree Transfer students should complete the A.A. degree.

The Forestry and Natural Resources major will prepare you for an important role in the protection, management, and development of our forest and natural resources.

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Dedicated to advancing the science and management of forests and natural resources, as well as discovering knowledge that can be applied to sustainable environmental protection and enhancement, this program is practice-based built on the belief that the best learning comes from firsthand observation and experience.

Enjoyment of life outdoors, a willingness to get your hands dirty and a commitment of the intellectual disciplines necessary for science are qualities of our students. Our faculty are accomplished teachers in the classroom and respected researchers in the laboratory and field and enthusiastic problem-solvers for industry and business.

We invite you to join us in getting your boots wet, learning the ropes and working toward a sustainable world.

Classes

FORE B1 Introduction to Forestry

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: The ecological, economic and sociological basis of forest management interrelated with the management of other resources. Topics include a history of forestry in America, the economics of forestry, forestry and national planning and forest uses.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

FORE B2 Natural Resources

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Survey of our natural resources and the conservation of those uncaptured natural stores which are useful to humankind. Resources covered are water, soil, air, forests, grasslands, wildlife, oceans, minerals and energy. Ecology, waste management and human resources are also covered.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges; CSU GE E; BC GE B.1

FORE B3 Wildlife Management

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: The practice of wildlife management. Foundations of wildlife production. The identification, life histories and ecology of selected important wildlife species - mammals including fur bearers, water fowl and fish.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

FORE B4 Wildlife Law Enforcement

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: A brief history of the development of wildlife law enforcement. State functions and jurisdiction; federal jurisdiction, federal wildlife laws, federal versus state jurisdiction; rights of the private citizen. Types of violations and the role of the law enforcement officer. The function of the officer, including arrests, preparation of evidence, interviewing and court appearances.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

FORE B5 Identification of California Wildlife

3 units
Description: A survey of game birds, fish, mammals of California and the Western United States. Characteristics of game animals and protected species. Practices identifying animals in their environment. Emphasizes protecting species which are in danger of extinction.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

FORE B6 Forestry Skills

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06.
Description: Survey of the forestry, wildlife and natural resources management industries. Careers, job requirements, terminology, employment opportunities and the identification and/or use of selected tools and equipment. Field trips required. Transfers as an Agriculture elective.
Hours: 18 lecture, 108 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

FORE B7 Wildland Fire Management

3 units
Description: Covers the physical theories of wildland fire, the methodology of wildland fire suppression, pre-suppression, and post-fire suppression and equipment. The practice of fire ecology and the use of prescribed control burns to maintain and improve our nation’s forests and rangelands. Field trips may be required.
Hours: 54 lecture
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

FORE B48WE Occupational Work Experience Education

1-8 units Prerequisites: Declared major or occupational goal and evaluation of student’s qualifications and objectives.
Description: College credit for forestry related learning experiences obtained on the job in accordance with a training plan developed cooperatively between the employer, college, and student. Occupational work experience credit may accrue at the rate of 1 to 8 units per semester for a total of sixteen units, and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. Repetition allowed per Title 5 55253. Hours: Non-paid 60 hours for each 1 unit (60 - 480). Paid 75 hours
for each 1 unit (75 - 600).
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

NRES B1 Range Management

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Basic range management and improvement practices. Proper utilization of rangeland resources. Overview of multiple use principles. Maintenance and improvement of range plant communities. Field trips required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

NRES B2 Parks and Outdoor Recreation

3 units
Description: An exploration of national, state, county, city, and private park systems. An overview of the history, philosophy, policy and principles of the formation, administration and functioning of recreational facilities and their impact on America. Field trips may be required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

Degrees & Certificates

Bakersfield College offers the following programs in Forestry & Natural Resources:

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