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The curriculum definition as established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (“CIP”): Instructional programs that focus on the various natural resources and conservation fields and prepare individuals for related occupations. (CIP Code #03)

Notable Programs in this Curriculum: Natural Resource Conservation and Research; Forestry; Natural Resources Management; Wildlife and Wildlands Science. 

Prominent figures related to this curriculum:

Natural Resources, Jon Muir
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John Muir (1838-1914)
American naturalist and advocate of wilderness preservation
Jane Goodall (1934-Present)
British environmentalist and animal rights activist
Edward Abbey (1927-1989)
Advocated environmental issues and public land policies

Relevant Salary Figures: According to 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics information, the average annual salaries of popular careers related to this curriculum are listed below. For further information, including the nature of work, employment outlook, related academic programs, and specific salary information for your region, click on the occupation of interest.

Conservation Scientists: $60,170
Zoological and Wildlife Biologists: $58,820
Environmental Science Technicians: $43,180
Environmental Science Teachers: $74,610

Foresters: $55,040
Environmental Scientists & Specialists: $65,280
Forest and Conservation Technicians: $35,320
Fish & Game Wardens: $56,030

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The Complete List of Programs in this Curriculum:

  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management.
    Instructional content is defined in code 03.0301.
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management.
    A program that focuses on the scientific study of the husbandry and production of non-domesticated fish and shellfish populations for recreational and commercial purposes and the management of fishing and marine/aquatic product processing to ensure adequate conservation and efficient utilization. Includes instruction in the principles of marine/aquatic biology, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, water resources, fishing production operations and management, fishing policy and regulation, and the management of recreational and commercial fishing activities.
  • Forestry.
    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 03.0501-03.0599.
  • Forestry, General.
    A program that generally prepares individuals to manage and develop forest areas for economic, recreational, and ecological purposes. Includes instruction in forest-related sciences, mapping, statistics, harvesting and production technology, natural resources management and economics, wildlife sciences, administration, and public relations.
  • Forest Sciences and Biology.
    A program that focuses on the application of one or more forest-related sciences to the study of environmental factors affecting forests and the growth and management of forest resources. Includes instruction in forest biology, forest hydrology, forest mensuration, silviculture, forest soils, water resources, environmental science, forest resources management, and wood science.
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management.
    A program that prepares individuals to apply principles of forestry and natural resources management to the administration of forest lands and related resources. Includes instruction in silviculture, forest mensuration, forest protection, inventorying, biometrics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, forest policy and economics, forest land use planning, fire protection and management, and related administrative skills.
  • Urban Forestry.
    (NEW) A program that prepares individuals to apply the principles of forestry and related sciences to the development, care, and maintenance of individual trees and forested areas within or close to areas of dense human habitation. Includes instruction in urban environments; effects of pollution on tree species; environmental design and landscaping; urban pest infestation; urban forest management; and applicable policies and regulations.
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology.
    A program that focuses on the application of chemical, physical, and engineering principles to the analysis of the properties and behavior of wood and wood products and the development of processes for converting wood into paper and other products. Includes instruction in wood classification and testing, product development, manufacturing and processing technologies, and the design and development of related equipment and systems.
  • Forest Resources Production and Management.
    (NEW) A program that focuses on the application of forestry principles to the production, harvesting, and processing of forest resources and that prepares individuals to perform associated technical and managerial functions. Includes instruction in forest production and utilization, industrial forestry, agroforestry, transplantation, timber harvesting, selection and identification of trees, processing technologies and systems, equipment operations and maintenance, and related management skills.
  • Forest Technology/Technician.
    (NEW) A program that prepares individuals to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources. Includes instruction in woods and field skills, tree identification, timber measurement, logging and timber harvesting, forest propagation and regeneration, forest fire-fighting, resource management, equipment operation and maintenance, record-keeping, sales and purchasing operations, and personnel supervision.