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 critical thinking skills in understanding natural resource problems.
• The student will develop practical skills in environmental science.
• The student will demonstrate technical skills in environmental monitoring/research.
• The student will understand the broad ethical considerations of natural resource management.

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.

Heidi Ziegenmeyer
Douglas Cudworth

Heidi Ziegenmeyer
701-766-1330
heidi.ziegenmeyer@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 (1) FA,SP,SU
3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP 3
ENGL 161 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU
3
DS 110 Dakota Thought, Philosophy, & Culture (6) FA,SP,SU
3
  ND:HUM or ND:FA  
3
BIOL 124 Environmental Science SP 4
  ND:SS  
3
  ND:SS   3
CSCI 110 Introduction to Computers FA,SP 3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics (2) SP 3
CHEM 115 Introduction to Chemistry (3)   4
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP
2
HPER101-104 Physical Education Activity   1
  TOTAL  
42

 

Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
NAT 102 Introduction to Natural Resource Management FA
3
NAT 297 Natural Resources Internship (4) IND 3
  Program Electives (choose from below)*  
12-15
  TOTAL  
18-21

 

Program Electives

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
BIOL 150 General Biology I FA
4
BIOL 151 General Biology II SP
4
BIOL 230 Ecology (Nature Study) (3) FA,SU
4
ENS 202 Environmental Issues SP
3
ENS 225 Environmental Sampling (3) SP 4
ENS 299 Topics in Agriculture/Natural Resources FA
3
GEOL 102 Historical Geology SP,SU 4
GEOL 105 Physical Geology FA,SU 4
GEOL 219 Intermediate Geology (5) IND 4
NAT 105 Wildlife Identification SP 4
NAT 215 Plant Identification FA 4
SOIL 210 Soil Science SP 3
SOIL 217 Intro to Meteorology & Climatology FA,SP
3
SOIL 264 Natural Resource Management Systems SP 3
       
(1) Prerequisite of ENGL 110 (College Composition I)
(2) Prerequisite of ASC 093 (Intermediate Algebra) or Appropriate Placement Test
(3) Prerequisite of MATH 103, Appropriate Placement Test, or MATH 210 AND instructor approval
(4) To be taken at any time following the first year of coursework
(5) Prerequisite of GEOL 105
(6) Alternate Summer Rotation

 

Degree Program Total Credits.....60-63