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Natural Resources Management
Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Natural Resources Program prepares students to work as agricultural, natural resource, or environmental technicians in a variety of field careers. To ensure student success in an academic and workplace setting, students must have a solid general education foundation in the area of communications, laboratory science, mathematics, computer literacy, and social/behavioral science. In addition to the required General Education requirements, the natural resources curriculum provides individuals with knowledge and skills to enable them to communicate and function as technicians.
The campus greenhouses, classroom and laboratory facilities, arboretum, orchard, and demonstration sites, combined with the surrounding tribal lands and collaborative program partners, in addition to the Rio Grande Bosque, mountains, rangeland and riparian areas provide natural resource students with practical outdoor field training opportunities.

Program Goals


The primary goal of the Natural Resources Program curriculum is to prepare students to enter the field at a technical level with knowledge and skills required to meet current employment standards, while recognizing and supporting academic achievement options through articulation.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Natural Resources Management is a six-trimester course of study designed to be responsive to Tribal, public and federal agency needs. The first year of the program involves General Education requirements and program core courses, and the second year is devoted to intensive specialized course work and field labs to meet specific training needs in resource management. The curriculum is designed to train technicians to work with professionals in the field or laboratories, and to provide a strong academic program for students planning to pursue higher degrees. Many program courses are accepted directly or as electives upon transfer to universities within New Mexico and Arizona.

Mission Statement


The Natural Resources Management Program will provide students with current knowledge and skills to be proficient in the technical aspects of resource management and graduate individuals with scientific base knowledge to perform successfully in tribal, private, non-government organizations (NGO’s), state, and federal organizations as well as transfer successfully into bachelor degree programs.
Goal

Associate in Applied Science Degree


The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Natural Resources Management is designed to provide students with the skills needed to enter the work force directly. The curriculum includes a required general education component, science foundation, field techniques, and a supervised internship experience. To receive the AAS degree, a minimum grade of “C” is required in all coursework.

Natural Resources Management Associate of Applied Science Degree Goals:

  • Students will be able to work as technicians in the field of Natural Resources.

  • Students will be able to serve as leaders in the field of Natural Resources.

Natural Resources Management Associate of Applied Science Degree Outcomes:

  • A successful graduate will be able to demonstrate technical knowledge in natural resources through oral and written communication.

  • A successful graduate will be able to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in natural resources.

  • A successful graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in collecting natural resource data.


  • Natural Resources Management AAS degree - Program of Study (PDF format)



    Articulation agreements between the Natural Resources Program and universities in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah allow the direct transfer of SIPI classes toward a 4-year degree. Many SIPI students have used these articulation guidelines to successfully complete their Bachelor of Science degree.