Certificates of Specialization

In addition to pursuing an Associates Degree at Feather River College, students can pursue certificates, which can be attained instead of or along with the major. These certificates are designed with seasonal employment in mind. The biological science, forestry, and hydrologic technician certificates were designed to ensure completers have the coursework required to be eligible for employment at the G.S. 4 level within the US Forest Service. The hatchery technician certificate was designed to prepare completers for seasonal employment at California Fish and Wildlife hatcheries. The ecological farming certificate was designed with the input from owners of local farms, and is designed to give students the necessary skills to run a small-scale, sustainable farm.

Biological Science Tech. (Select 12 units from below) Units
BIOL104 Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology                                     4
BIOL 106 Plant Biology, Evolution and Ecology 4
ENVR/BIOL 120 Sierra Nevada Ecology 3
ENVR 125 Wildlife Laws and Issues 2             
*ENVR 240 Introduction to Wildlife* (REQUIRED) 3
ENVR 241 Wildlife Diversity and Field Techniques 4
Forestry Tech. (Select 12 units from below) Units
BIOL 106       Plant Biology, Evolution and Ecology 4
ENVR/BIOL 120 Sierra Nevada Ecology 3
ENVR 160 Watershed Protection and Restoration 3
ENVR 210 Introduction to Soil Science 3
*ENVR 220 Introduction to Forestry* (REQUIRED) 3
Hydrologic Tech. (Select 12 units from below) Units
*ENVR 160 Watershed Protection and Restoration* (REQUIRED) 3       
ENVR 264 Introduction to Fish 4
BIOL 100 or BIOL 104 or BIOL 106 Concepts in Biology or Animal Biology or Plant Biology 4
GEOL 102 Physical Geology 4
MATH 202 Statistics 4
Hatchery Tech. (Must complete all courses) Units
AGMA 140 Introduction to Agricultural Metal Fabrication 3
AGMA 160 Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture 3
ENVR 250 Introduction to Aquaculture 3
ENVR 264 Introduction to Fish 4
ENVR 266 Advanced Aquaculture 3
ENVR 291 Directed Study (with hatchery focus) 1-3
Ecological Farming (Complete all courses with * and choose 4 units of electives) Units
AGPS/ENVR 210* Introduction to Soil Science 3
ENVR 130* Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems 2
ENVR 131* High Altitude Crop Production - Fall 2
ENVR 132* High Altitude Crop Production - Spring 2
ENVR 133* Ecological Pest Management 2
ENVR 134 Season Extension Techniques 1
ENVR 135 Small Farm Tools and Infrastructure 1
AGMA 160 Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture 3
BUS 121 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 1
BUS 122 Entrepreneurial Marketing 1.5
BUS 123 Financial Management for Entrepreneurs 1
BUS 124 Preparing Effective Business Plans 1.5
BUS 171 Project Based Learning 1-3