Forestry & Natural Resources 

Our Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) program equips students with the applied skills, training and experience for immediate entry into the workforce, and also can work toward transfer requirements for four year universities. Students learn to identify and examine real-world examples and implications of forest, water and overall natural resource management.

Core Forestry & Natural Resources classes include:

  • Introduction to Forestry
  • Dendrology
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Natural Resource Conservation

Related Electives include:

  • Plant Biology and Ecology
  • Field Biology and/or Geology
  • Fire-Fuels Management
  • California Wildlife


FNR Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level: At the Associate's Level: At the Bachelors Level or Beyond:
Biology Technician Timer Cruiser Wildlife Biologist
Recreation Technician Interpreter Watershed Manager
Interpretive Guide Utility Forester Silviculturist
Arborist Wilderness Ranger Ecologist
GIS Technician  Land Surveyor Resource Officer


Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T / AS-T = Associate of Arts / Science for Transfer AA / AS = Associate of Arts / Science COA = Certificate of Achievement
Transfer degrees facilitate a clear transfer pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree, requiring both major preparation and a general education pattern that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree. This degree requires students to complete requirements in an academic major and Columbia College’s General Education breadth and activity requirements. COA in a General Education Pattern (CSU or IGETC) are designed to streamline lower-division general education requirements for transfer to UC, CSU, or other universities.
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