Natural Resource Management

Student planting natural grass plugs in the bison pasture

The Associate of Science (AS) in Natural Resource Management provides a theoretical foundation that is enhanced by experiential and service learning opportunities. Essential study courses in communications, social sciences, mathematics, science and computer science, and Dakota Studies, provide the groundwork for the Natural Resource Management courses. The program is designed to expand students’ knowledge of their environment while recognizing the importance of policy, society, and economics in relation to caring for Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth).
Sovereignty of tribal nations falls within their existing land bases. The Dawes Act or General Allotment Act adopted by Congress in 1887 authorized the United States to divide Indian tribal land into allotments for individual Indians and to open up “excess” lands for non-Indian settlement. American Indians (AI) must become more knowledgeable in how national policy has affected tribal governments’ ability to govern and manage their natural resources. The AS in Natural Resource Management provides an academic base for those interesting in the importance of land and resource management among tribal nations.

Program Outcomes:

• The student will demonstrate basic resource management principles for natural resources parameters.
• The student will identify wildlife species, plant species, and weather formations.
• The student will explain the study of geology.
• The student will illustrate how altered environments may be renaturalized.
• The student will conceptualize current environmental issues

Program Characteristics

Associate of Science in Natural Resource Management is designed to provide the basic knowledge, skills, and strategies to assist individuals or groups in realizing the importance of natural resource management in regard to guarding sustainable resources. Graduates have a solid and comprehensive education program based in science that allows for enhanced natural resource management activities as well as transfer to a four year program in a related field of study.

Faculty

The Natural Resource Management faculty are professionals who have been employed in private and public sectors of education and business. They continue to participate in professional development and scholarly activity to enhance their knowledge and to serve as role models for lifelong learning.

Carrie Ann Duafala
Douglas Cudworth

Carrie Ann Duafala
701-766-1330
carrieann.duafala@littlehoop.edu

Douglas Cudworth
701-766-1346
douglas.cudworth@littlehoop.edu

 

Courses of Essential Studies

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENGL 100 Student Success FA,SP
1
ENGL 110 College Composition I FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 120 College Composition II* FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 161 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU
3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP
3
DS 110 Dakota Thought, Philosophy, & Culture*** FA,SP,SU
3
  ND:SS  
3
  ND:SS  
3
  ND:SS   3
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP
2
HPER101-104 Physical Education Activity   1
GEOL 115 Introduction to Geospatial Technology SP
3
  ND:HUM  
3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics** SP
3
GEOL 105 Physical Geology FA
4
  TOTAL  
41
     
  *Prerequisite of ENGL 110 (College Composition I)  
  **Prerequisite of MATH 102 (Intermediate Algebra) or Appropriate Placement Test    
  ***Alternate Summer Rotation  

 

Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
NAT 102 Introduction to Natural Resource Management FA
3
GEOL 270 Weather & Water Resource FA
3
NAT 105 Wildlife Identification SP
4
NAT 215 Plant Identification FA
4
BIOL 230 Ecology (Nature Study) FA 4
NAT 297 Natural Resources Internship***** IND 3
  Program Electives (choose from below)*  
2-7
  TOTAL  
23-28
       
  *Program Electives (Students should work with their advisors to choose courses that enhance their Natural Resource Management academic or career options.)    
  ****Prerequisite of BIOL 124 and CHEM 115    
  *****To be taken during the summer session of either year.    

 

Program Electives

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENS 202 Environmental Issues FA
2
GEOL 219 Intermediate Geology*** SP
4
GEOL 224 Intermediate Geospatial Technology SP
3
ENS 240 Ethnobotany SP
3
ENS 299 Topics in Agriculture/Natural Resources FA
3
ENS 225 Environmental Sampling SP 4
ENS 210 Soil Science SP 3
  ***Prerequisite of GEOL 105  

 

Degree Program Total Credits.....64-69

Natural Resource Management Course Descriptions