Natural Resources Management (NRTN)

(CIP Code 30201)

66 Semester Hours

The Natural Resources Management Associate Degree in Applied Science program is designed to prepare students for a career in the management and protection of natural resources. Success in this field requires the technician to have a broad background in the biological and agricultural sciences. This is achieved through a balance between classroom time, distance learning, and outdoor learning activities. Successful graduates will know the proper use, development, conservation, and management of wildlife, wetlands, and woodlands and the ecosystems that support them.

Most classes are conducted at the Natural Resources Management Center, located at 735 Brewington Road, Sumter. This 100-acre outdoor laboratory includes agricultural fields, wooded and natural areas, and ponds, all of which are used for instructional purposes. Some courses required to complete this program are offered only during the day and some personal travel for class, lab, and field trips is required.

Career opportunities exist with landowners; local, state, and federal agencies; and private industry engaged in the development and wise stewardship of natural resources.

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the college. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

General Education Core Requirements - 15 Credit Hours

ENG 101 English Composition I


ENG 165 Professional Communications

MAT 110 College Algebra


MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics

SPC 205 Public Speaking

------ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

------ Social/Behavioral Science Elective

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:


COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

MAT 110 College Algebra 303


MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics

NRM 101 Soil Management 303

NRM 102 Introduction to the Natural Resources Management Profession 303

NRM 160 Fall Flora and Fauna 332



CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 303

FOR 154 Mensuration 332

NRM 110 Environmental Science 332

NRM 132 Maintenance for the NRM Professional 332

NRM 161 Spring Flora and Fauna 332



CWE 113 Cooperative Work Experience I 3150


------ Departmental Approved Elective

------ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective303



ENG 101 English Composition I 303


ENG 165 Professional Communications

FOR 210 Forest Utilization and Care 303

HRT 101 Introduction to Horticulture 332

NRM 207 Geographic Information Systems I (GIS) 303

NRM 251 Introduction to Fishery Science 303



NRM 130 Outdoor Recreation Management 303

NRM 235 Techniques Wildlife Management 332

NRM 260 Special Topics 432

SPC 205 Public Speaking 303

------ Social/Behavioral Science Elective303



703955Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Agriculture and Food & Natural Resources

Departmental Approved Electives

BIO 101 Biological Science I

BIO 102 Biological Science II

BIO 205 Ecology

BIO 206 Ecology Lab

CPT 172 Microcomputer Database

CPT 174 Microcomputer Spreadsheets

EVT 220 Environmental Biology II

EVT 251 Health Effects/Hazardous Materials

EVT 253 Occupational Environmental, Safety, and Health Concepts

MGT 101 Principles of Management

*PHI 110 Ethics

**NRM 260 is the program capstone course and requires final assessment of program outcomes.

Program Contact

Castleberry, Joshua Department Chair, Environmental and Natural Resources