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Lake Superior State University

Natural Resources Technology

Program Description


The natural resources technology program stresses the acquisition of field skills necessary for success in a natural resources agency or organization, as well as the theoretical foundations for these skills. This practical knowledge is enriched by course materials which emphasize communication skills along with the links between society, economics, policy and the natural resource base. This program can be taken as a stand alone two-year program, can constitute the first half of the bachelor of science in parks and recreation management, or it can be used in conjunction with a three-year criminal justice program to prepare a student for a career in conservation law.

All natural resource technology students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one summer of work or volunteer experience in the natural resource field to gain the professional experience and contacts they will need to begin their careers.

Continuing education to bachelor’s degree program — The high degree of competition in the natural resource field makes the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree highly desirable. Programs which join well with the NRT degree are the parks and recreation management degree, the fisheries & wildlife degree and the 2+3 criminal justice degree programs or the conservation biology major. These programs lead to careers such as conservation officer, park naturalist, expedition leader, guide or recreation specialist.



Degree Requirements


Core Requirements:

  • BIOL132 General Biology:  Organisms 4
  • BIOL203 Fund of Natural Resources 3
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS 2
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Lab 1
  • RECS101 Introduction to Recreation & Leisure Service 3

Complete one course from the following two:

  • GEOL121 Physical and Historical Geology I 4
  • NSCI102 Great Lakes Region:  Geology & Resources 4

Complete one course from the following two:

Resource Management - 9 Credits from the following:

Skills/Certification - 9 credits from the following:

Complete one course from the following two:

  • EMED188 Wilderness First Responder 2
  • EMED189 Medical First Responder 3

Free Electives to total 62 credits

General Education: All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.



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