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Natural Resources - Desert Naturalist

This short term certificate provides a well-rounded introduction to the desert environment. Desert Naturalist Certificate can be easily completed over two semesters and provides students with academic training and skills necessary for job advancement or employment at any of the natural resource-related agencies in and around the Coachella Valley.

This certificate is locally approved and is NOT notated on the student's academic transcript in accordance with State regulations. For more information, please call (760) 773-2571.


K. Leuschner
kleuschner@collegeofthedesert.edu; (760) 776-7285

for Employment Preparation

Dept. No. Title Units
With advisor approval, complete a total of 12 units:
Required Courses:
NR 1 Conservation Of Natural Resources 3
NR 1L Conservation Of Natural Resources Lab 1
Required Subtotal 4
GROUP A: Choose 4 units from the following:
AGPS 2 Entomology - General & Applied 4
NR 3 Introduction To Wildlife Management 3
NR 4 Introduction to Ecosystem Management 3
NR 20 GPS and Map Use 1
NR 95A Natural Resources Work Experience 1
GROUP B: Choose 4 units from the following:
NR 41A Native Plants - Mountain 1
NR 41B Native Plants - Desert 1
NR 50 Winter Birds 1
NR 51A Migrant Birds - Fall 1
NR 51B Migrant Birds - Spring 1
NR 58 Reptiles Of The Coachella Valley 1