Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institutes Natural Resources program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in three areas: Agriculture, Environmental Science and Natural Resources. Since the program originated in 1990, it has expanded to meet the growing need in natural resource careers in areas of agronomy, environmental science, and resource management. The specialties in Natural Resources include:
The Natural Resource degree programs provide students with a background in practical plant science, basic ecology, soils, and introductory courses in geospatial information technologies. The goal of the natural resources program is to provide students with a broad based understanding of the utilization and management of our vital natural resources and natural systems. The curriculum integrates classroom studies, laboratory work, and field experiential learning modules to encourage students to think critically, synthesize information, and communicate effectively.
SIPIs 72,540 square foot Science and Technology building houses state-of-the-art computer facilities, laboratories and classrooms for programs in the
Advanced Technical Education Department. Excellent greenhouse, classroom and laboratory facilities, combined with practical outdoor field training in
the surrounding Rio Grande Bosque, mountains, rangeland and riparian areas make the Natural Resource program at SIPI unique among community colleges. The
two year Natural Resource program curriculum in the specialties listed above provides a foundation for students preparing to advance to a baccalaureate
program at a four-year institution, or enter the workforce upon graduation.
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. continued >