Certificate in Wildland Resources and Forestry

A certificate of achievement in Wildland Resources and Forestry prepares students for pre-professional careers and transfer into a four-year university leading to a baccalaureate degree in such areas as:

- biology,

- botany,

- conservation,

- ecology,

- education,

- environmental science,

- forestry,

- horticulture,

- organismal biology,

- natural resources,

- rangeland management,

- recreation,

- soil science,

- wildland fire management,

- wildlife management.

The Wildland Resources and Forestry student is also prepared to enter professional programs/careers of specialized study/work in such areas as:

- agriculture,

- conservation biology,

- resource ecology,

- entomology,

- environmental protection,

- fisheries and wildlife,

- forest management,

- hydrology,

- limnology,

- natural resource,

- naturalist,

- park ranger,

- soil science,

- silvicultural practice,

- wildlife law enforcement

- zoology.

Those students who do not intend to transfer may take the courses for either direct vocational application or for general interest.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Wildland Resources and Forestry Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Express knowledge of scientific terminology as it relates to the management of wildland and other renewable resources.
  2. Collect data and interpret data, tables and graphs to demonstrate an understanding of the types of data available in the realm of wildland resources.
  3. Generate scientific hypotheses to distinguish between scientific and non-scientific questions and methods that relate to wildland resources to meet the emerging mandates for conservation, biodiversity, ecosystem management, and long-term sustainability.
  4. Examine how human activities have contributed to changes in the wildland environment to better understand and discuss past, current, and future issues related to wildland resources.
  5. Select and use the appropriate scientific apparatus.
Required courses:
ESCI 180Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
FOR 101Introduction to Forestry3
FOR 102Introduction to Forest Ecology3
FOR 103Plant Identification3
FOR 104Introduction to Outdoor Recreation3
FOR 105Wildland Fire Management3
FOR 106Principles of Wildlife Management and Ecology3
Total Units22

1.5-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
FOR 101 Introduction to Forestry 3
FOR 105 Wildland Fire Management 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
FOR 102
Introduction to Forest Ecology
or Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
or Principles of Wildlife Management and Ecology
Winter Term 1
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
or Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
Spring Term 1
FOR 103 Plant Identification 3
ESCI 180 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
Take two electives not chosen in fall.  
FOR 102
Introduction to Forest Ecology
or Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
or Principles of Wildlife Management and Ecology
 Total Units30

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.