Lake Superior State University

Natural Resources Technology

Program Description


The natural resources technology program stresses the acquisition of field skills necessary for success in a natural resources agency or organization, as well as the theoretical foundations for these skills. This practical knowledge is enriched by course materials which emphasize communication skills along with the links between society, economics, policy and the natural resource base. This program can be taken as a stand alone two-year program, can constitute the first half of the bachelor of science in parks and recreation management, or it can be used in conjunction with a three-year criminal justice program to prepare a student for a career in conservation law.

All natural resource technology students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one summer of work or volunteer experience in the natural resource field to gain the professional experience and contacts they will need to begin their careers.

Continuing education to bachelor’s degree program — The high degree of competition in the natural resource field makes the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree highly desirable. Programs which join well with the NRT degree are the parks and recreation management degree, the fisheries & wildlife degree and the 2+3 criminal justice degree programs or the conservation biology major. These programs lead to careers such as conservation officer, park naturalist, expedition leader, guide or recreation specialist.



Degree Requirements


Students are required to take sufficient elective credits to reach the minimum of 62 semester credits needed for graduation. Only 2 credits of RECA courses can be applied to elective credits.

College of Natural, Mathematical, & Health Science Requirements (38 Credits)

  • BIOL107 Field Biology 3
  • BIOL126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography 2
  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • BIOL240 Natural History of the Vertibrates 3
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation 4 4
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds 3
  • CHEM108 Survey of General Chemistry 3
  • CHEM109 Survey of General Chemistry Lab 1
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS 2
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Lab 1
  • RECS101 Introduction to Recreation & Leisure Service 3

General Education and Other Departments (15 Credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • FIRE102 Wildland and Rural Fire Control 3
  • EMED189 Medical First Responder 3

Free Electives (9 Credits)