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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

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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges.
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges. BC GE B.1; CSU GE E.
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.
A survey of game birds, fish and 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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 36 lect, 90 lab. Field trips required. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trip required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.
History and uses of forests in America. Topics include forestry protection, terminology, legislation and production. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. CCS: Occupational Education. Not Transferable: Associate Degree only.
Basic range management and improvement practices. Proper utilization of rangeland resources. Overview of multiple use principles. Maintenance and improvement of range plant communities. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. Offered: S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges. Note: Elective credit only.
Introduction to national, state, county, city, and private park systems. History, philosophy, policy and principles of the formation, administration and functioning of recreational units at the park, district and regional levels. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect. Field trips required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

Degrees & Certificates

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

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