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Forestry and Natural Resources Degree

Offered at: Larimer

A.A.S in Forestry, Natural Resources, Wildlife

60 credits
(4-5 semesters)

An A.A.S. Forestry degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in natural resources. Students gain practical skills in forestry, wildlife, aquaculture, fisheries, wildland fire, and the computer analysis of natural resources. Students participate in community natural resources projects.

Students specialize in one of the following areas. See required courses for:

  • Forestry Technology - Learn principles of forest science and related fields, conduct forestry field research, and gain field skills in hydrology and soil science.
  • Natural Resources - Focuses on practical skills in forestry, wildlife, aquaculture, fisheries, wildland fire, and the computer analysis of natural resources.
  • Wildlife Technology - Focuses on principles and research techniques to assist in wildlife and land management. Includes practical field skills, and theory and applications for the study and management of wildlife, fisheries, and wild bird populations.

See Natural Resources course descriptions.
See Aquaculture course descriptions.
See Fire Science Wildland course descriptions.

A.G.S in Forestry, Natural Resources, Wildlife

60 credits
(4-5 semesters)

The Associate of General Studies degree prepares students to transfer to the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. FRCC and the Warner College have partnered to make the transfer process streamlined and simple.

See required courses for an A.G.S. degree.

See Natural Resources course descriptions.

Forestry and Natural Resources Certificates

   

Environmental Education

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program introduces students to the history, legislation, principles, and goals of environmental literacy and education.

Environmental Education certificate: See required courses.



Forestry

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program introduces students to the principles of forest science, dendrology, forest fire behavior, silviculture principles, and research techniques.

Forestry certificate: See required courses.


Natural Resources

16 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program builds on the Forestry certificate and covers theory, philosophy, and applications for study and management of wildlife and fisheries resources. Field and laboratory methods are introduced.

Natural Resources certificate: See required courses.

See gainful employment information.



Natural Resources GIS

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program introduces students to basic and advanced analytical tools as they develop skills in spatial problem solving.

Natural Resources GIS certificate: See required courses.


Natural Resources Recreation

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program combines lecture and practical outdoor experiences relating to problems and trends in outdoor recreation.

Natural Resources Recreation certificate: See required courses.


Wildland Fire

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides instruction on environmental factors that affect the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. Entry-level wildland firefighters skills are taught. Successful completion of this certificate can lead to a "Red Card," the Interagency Incident Qualification Card to work as a wildland firefighter.

Wildland Fire certificate: See required courses.


Wildlife

9 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program covers theory, philosophy, and applications for the study and management of wildlife and fisheries resources.

Wildlife certificate: See required courses.

Transfer Options

Colorado State University

After earning an A.G.S., you can transfer to the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, which offers the most comprehensive natural resources program in the country. See CSU's course transfer guide.

See more about transferring.

Gain Field Experience

This program offers students a variety of opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in the field. Students participate in field experiences at the following locations:

  • Red Feather Lakes 100-acre school forest – Students do timber cruising, soil studies, and snowshoe hare counts for the Colorado lynx reintroduction project.
  • Swift Ponds – Students conduct wildlife habitat management and fisheries research at Swift Ponds, a 240-acre property in Fort Collins operated by Colorado Youth Outdoors.
  • Horsetooth Mountain Park – Our Forestry Field Research class is taught at Horsetooth Mountain Park, where students work in 10 study plots, doing everything from deer pellet counts to entomology to studying forest management practices. The course includes sawyer training for forest management and connects students to wildland firefighting opportunities.

Unique Program Opportunities

Other interesting opportunities available to Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources students include:

  • Communities, Cameras, and Conservation project is a non-invasive research study that uses wildlife cameras to capture data at Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park by monitoring wildlife and mountain lion trends.
  • GIS Tree Inventory - Combine field observation skills with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools to support an inventory of every tree on the Larimer Campus. Students in Natural Resources GIS classes over the years will return to the field to measure and track the trees and load new information into the GIS program. Students in other disciplines also will participate to highlight certain trees through photography, art or a writeup on their history. Once you have installed Google Earth, go exploring these maps:
  • Honors Introduction to Forestry – Students can take NRE 100 as an embedded honors course. The honors option requires students to conduct mountain lion research and verbenone flake research on the mountain pine beetle. Learn more about the Larimer Campus Honors Program.
  • Red Card certification – Students can earn a Red Card qualification card through FRCC’s collaboration with Larimer County Emergency Services. Red Card holders may be dispatched to fight wildfires.
  • Society of American Foresters – This award-winning student group offers community involvement opportunities, a fishing derby, wildlife habitat projects, and much more.

Forestry Jobs & Salaries


Entry Average Experienced
Forest and Conservation Technician $27,529
$36,681
$41,256
Forester $39,814
$57,009
$65,606
Forest Firefighters $29,539
$49,097
$58,876
Mapping Technician $32,919
$46,014
$52,562
Park Naturalist $45,523
$68,692
$80,276
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment
Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (2014)

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