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Are you curious about wildlife, soils, the environment and their interactions?

If so, the BANR in Natural Resources is the degree for you!

The Bachelor of Arts Natural Resources (BANR) focuses on four core learning objectives: critical thinking, writing and presentation, research, and the development of an interdisciplinary knowledge base.

The Natural Resources emphasis area is multidisciplinary including coursework from biology, geology, natural resources, and environmental science. Courses in writing, ethics, and special topic integrative seminars broaden the student knowledge base and hone their communication and critical thinking skills. An internship and independent research course give students the opportunity to explore professional development and apply their knowledge to a specific research project.

The Natural Resources faculty provide a wide array of courses encompassing broad interests. You can take classes covering geomorphology and soils, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, and plant physiology. After completing 19 credits of core resource management requirements, you will tailor coursework to more specific interests.

Upon graduating, the successful learner will have a skill set that can be applied to a professional career or graduate school. Graduates can pursue careers in the mining industry, mine-land reclamation, environmental consulting, or state and federal agencies such as the Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Division of Wildlife, United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management as natural resource biologists, soil conservationist, rangeland technicians, or forestry technicians. Graduates may use the BA in Natural Resources as a foundation for future graduate studies in natural resources, environmental law, range management, or ecology.

Many of our students are "non-traditional." They come from diverse backgrounds, many work full time or part time, and many are parents. Great Basin College is committed to providing courses in a variety of time slots and formats to meet the scheduling needs of our students. We believe our student diversity strengthens the BANR interdisciplinary perspective as it brings many voices to the classroom.

Its easy! If you have graduated from high school, or you are taking college classes, finishing an Associate of Arts or Science degree, or hold one of those degrees, fill out the application form*, and have it signed by one of the advisers listed on the form. Then turn the form over to the adviser, Admissions and Records, or your center director. If you have college credits, please note that your college GPA must be 2.0 (most recent 40 credit hours) to be admitted and to maintain your standing in the program. After your paperwork has been processed, you will be assigned a personal faculty adviser, one that matches your interests and goals.

Our goal in the BANR program is to help you achieve your goals!

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the BA Natural Resources will
have the knowledge and skills to:

Acquire and interpret scholarly information and
data to reach informed, reasoned and balanced

Synthesize information eff ectively in oral and
written form.

Develop and demonstrate professional skills.

Comprehend and analyze how the study of biological
and physical systems contributes to understanding
the natural world; and

Apply concepts and methods to an original
professional study of the natural world.


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Program Faculty

Caroline Bruno Meisner
Program Supervisor, Earth and Physical Sciences Professor

Rita Pujari
Life Sciences Professor

Katie Duryea
Life Sciences Instructor

Pete Bagley
Life Sciences Professor

For More Information, Contact

Caroline Meisner: 775-753-2204,

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