Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Life Sciences & Natural Resources, Rangeland Management Emphasis Area, AS

Location(s): Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney


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The emphasis areas in the life sciences and natural resources provide students with comprehensive coverage of the natural world. These courses of study are designed to meet the needs of those wishing to gain technical knowledge for entry into the many related areas within the field of biology as well as those seeking a more specific focus of forestry or wildlife management.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the mastery of course work considered fundamental to the training of a biologist. Required competencies may include the accumulation of knowledge in general biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, ecology, genetics, and evolution.
  • Research program requirements at transfer institutions and implement into the planning of their programs, courses and activities appropriate for transfer to four-year institutions to continue their chosen field of study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer into equivalent program at a four-year institution specifically for continuation and study of a chosen field.
  • Use knowledge of basic biological principles to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advances (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, biotechnological advances, and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to biology and the professional responsibilities of a biologist.
  • Understand the relationship between science and other subject areas, including interdisciplinary approaches to global issues and the relationship of core concepts from chemistry, mathematics, and other disciplines to life science concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate appropriate scientific literature and resources.
  • Be able to function successfully within laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment (microscopes, measurements devices, and computer technologies); developing and utilizing appropriate safety protocols; and putting into practice conceptual understandings of the research process illustrated by the scientific method.
  • Utilize a variety of skills to communicate scientific information effectively, including gathering of data/information; oral and written communication skills clarifying concepts and confirming understandings; and utilization of computer resources including computer presentation.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the College’s general education requirements for the Associate of Science degree.

Notes

  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult their faculty and transfer advisor early in their WNCC career to determine a curriculum best suited to their transfer goals.
  • Dependent upon the choice of electives, it is possible that the total credits earned for the AS degree will exceed 60 credits.
  • Students should be aware that the courses included in the core requirements and recommended electives will be required by receiving institutions at some point in their journey to the bachelor’s degree.

Program Requirements


AS General Education Core: 33 Credits


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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3 *
  • Lab Science Credits: 4 *
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Science Credits: 3

* A total of 15-16 combined math/science credits are the minimum requirement for an AS degree. This must include a minimum of three (3) credits of math and four (4) credits of science from BIOS, CHEM, or PHYS options.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details

Life Sciences/Natural Resources Core Courses: 26 Credits


Emphasis Area Requirements or Electives: 19 Credits


Recommended electives or courses required for transfer:

Total AS Requirements: 60 Credits


Rangeland Management Emphasis Area


AS.0111 (62 credits)

The rangeland management emphasis area is a joint effort between WNCC and Chadron State College (CSC) and provides students with core curricular and foundational work for an eventual Bachelor of Science degree in rangeland management. The program is offered through WNCC and CSC with the ultimate culmination of the program through the Department of Applied Science at Chadron State College.

The program includes course offerings applicable to an associates degree from WNCC as well as a bachelor’s degree from CSC. The program provides for the reverse transfer of CSC credit to be applied to the associates degree from WNCC.

Agricultural classes are delivered to WNCC by CSC. This two year program fulfills WNCC general education core requirements as well as help fulfill CSC Essential Studies requirements in addition to delivering the appropriate agricultural foundation classes to pursue the advanced degree.

Upon acceptance and transfer to CSC, students have the opportunity to branch out into one of three rangeland management options including rangeland ecology, rangeland livestock management, and rangeland wildlife management.

Notes

  • ACCUPLACER® or ACT scores dictate entry levels for both English and math courses.
  • Recommended courses at WNCC that satisfy the CSC Essential Studies - ARTS, MUSC, or THEA elective are:
  • MUSC - 1010 Music Appreciation (Introduction to Music)  Credits: 3
  • THEA - 1010 Introduction to Theatre  Credits: 3
  • The following courses offered at WNCC that qualify to meet the CSC Essential Studies - Mode of Inquiry electives are:
  • Students will take AGRI-242 (Principles of Rangeland and Forage Management) concurrently with AGRI-242L (laboratory), and AGRI-245 (Principles of Soil Science) concurrently with AGRI-245L (laboratory). Lab offerings for both classes take place one day per month during the semester each course is scheduled.
  • Due to the dual offering of classes through both WNCC and CSC each semester, students must be admitted to both WNCC and CSC and are required to be dual enrolled through WNCC and CSC. Completion of course registration for classes takes place through the respective school offering the courses.
  • Although not specifically scheduled, students are recommended to utilize summer semesters if necessary to maintain pace within the program. CSC class offerings are limited to the semesters reflected by the schedule.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements for the AS degree, 18 credits of core courses and 19 credits of electives are required for the rangeland management emphasis area. A total of 62 credits are required for the Associate of Science degree in this emphasis area.

AS General Education Core 33 Credits


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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3 *
  • Lab Sciences Credit: 4 *
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Science Credits: 3

* A total of 15-16 combined math/science credits are the minimum requirement for an AS degree. This must include a minimum of three (3) credits of math and four (4) credits of science from BIOS, CHEM, or PHYS options.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details

Emphasis Area Electives or Courses for Transfer: 23 Credits


Chadron State College offers indicated AGRI classes through virtual delivery and are subject to reverse transfer agreements between WNCC and CSC.

  • AGRI-132 Introduction to Animal Science Credits: 3
  • AGRI-141 Introduction to Plant Science Credits: 3
  • AGRI-151 Foundations of Nutrition & Metabolism Credits: 3
  • AGRI-235 Introduction to Wildlife Management Credits: 3
  • AGRI-242 Principles of Rangeland & Forage Management Credits: 3 (with lab)
  • AGRI-245 Principles of Soil Science Credits: 4 (with lab)
  • Additional humanities course Credits: 3

Total AS Requirements: 62 Credits


Recommended Plan of Study


1st Semester


Total Semester Credits: 16


2nd Semester


Total Semester Credits: 13


3rd Semester


Total Semester Credits: 17


4th Semester


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total AS Credits: 62


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