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Feather River College
570 Golden Eagle Ave.
Quincy, CA. 95971




Associate Programs


Follow the links below to browse through short descriptions of the range of programs and majors at Feather River College. From there you can follow links to departmental web pages.




Associate in Arts


Administration of Justice

The FRC Administration of Justice program will help you prepare for a career in the many facets of the criminal justice system -- law enforcement, corrections and the courts -- and for positions with local, state and federal law enforcement and correctional agencies and within the court system.  For more information, contact the Instruction Office.



Administrative Office Management

Feather River College's Administrative Office Management and Technology Program offers students the chance to develop technological competencies as well as interpersonal and professional skills that will help prepare them for today's competitive market. Upon completion of this major, you may apply for positions such as administrative assistant or secretary in business, legal or media office environments. For more information, contact Amy Schulz at (530) 283-0202, ext 358 or .


The Art Program provides courses for students seeking an Associate Degree in Art as a terminal degree, students transferring to continue their art studies at a four year institution or art institute, students entering the professional art world and art education, and for general interest students and community members who want to develop skills in art practice and the understanding of art. Courses are offered in drawing, painting, figurative work, 2D and 3D design, photography, digital arts, art history and appreciation, color theory, 3D artforms, and the business of art.   For more information contact  Dianne Lipscomb at 530-283-0202 x240 or 

Business Administration

The business program allows you maximum flexibility in designing your two-year program of study. You may specialize in a particular area of business such as accounting, marketing, management, or retailing, or select courses that will give you a general exposure to several areas of business. Upon completion of this program, you will have marketable skills that prepare you for entry into the competitive business world. For more information, contact Mike Welser at (530) 283-0202, ext. 258 or

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work directly with young children in a variety of settings or to work in services that support children and families. Academics are combined with hands-on experiential learning to provide theory and skill development. Coursework is aligned with the requirements of the California Child Development Permit Matrix and Community Care Licensing. For more information contact Shelley Miller at 530-283-0202 ext. 311 or smiller@


The study of English and the English major provide a solid basis of knowledge and methodology in the humanities and the liberal arts. English courses enhance writing, reading and communication skills. They also improve skills in critical thinking and critical judgment, interpretation, abstract reasoning and qualitative comparisons. If you are interested in pursuing education in the humanities, liberal arts, teaching, journalism, publishing, communications, public relations or a pre-law or law program, the English major provides a strong course of study. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Connell at (530) 283-0202, ext. 225 or


The study of history helps bring students closer to humane, learned and compassionate elements of our society while teaching them to recognize that, as individuals and as a community, we cannot hope to manage the present and prepare for the future without an understanding of the past. Knowledge of the past provides students with a sense of beliefs, forces, and institutions which shaped the condition of modern society. The study of history can lead to professional work in the field as a teacher, government or private agency historian, or curator. Additionally, historical study produces a student capable of performing a variety of jobs where knowledge and intellect are in demand and in which organizational skills and critical thinking are required. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Heaney at (530) 283-0202, ext. 314 or

Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major is often the choice of students transferring to four-year colleges, as it is designed to satisfy both Associate Degree graduation requirements and four-year college general education and lower division course requirements. Liberal Studies is also an appropriate major for those seeking a broad educational background, or who wish to concentrate in a subject area for which Feather River College does not offer a specific program major. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Connell at (530) 283-0202, ext. 225 or

Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Students in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program develop skills and experience related to leading groups in adventure based outdoor recreation activities. The program is designed to prepare students for professional employment and seamless transfer to four-years institutions. The program philosophy encourages learning through experience. This is to say that we spend an abundance of time in field-based activities. For more information, contact Rick Stock at (530) 283-0202, ext. 275 or

Social Science

The social sciences concentrate on the history of the human race, its behavior, mythology, and society. Among the fields of study covered by Social Science are Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The social sciences provide a solid basis for further study in the liberal arts, social sciences, or humanities, and are often the best choice for students contemplating further study in the social sciences area, or by those looking toward careers in social work, teaching, or the law. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Connell at (530) 283-0202, ext. 225 or

University Studies

The FRC University Studies Program is a joint agreement with California State University, Chico which, when completed, guarantees admission to CSU, Chico with Junior standing as well as the AA degree from Feather River College. For more information, contact the Career and Transfer Center at (530) 28300202 ext 313, 215, 249, or 288.

Associate in Science


A knowledge of biology is an important component for work in forestry, wildlife, watershed resources and other environmental science areas. The biology major is also essential for those considering a career as a lab technician or planning to pursue studies in veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, or pre-med programs and medical school. Biological sciences courses cover plant, animal, microscopic, habitat, ecosystem, and human biology. For more information, contact Anna Thompson at (530) 283-0202, ext. 268 or


Chemistry is one of the central sciences and provides a solid knowledge base the physical or pure sciences. Its subject is the chemical interactions which form the molecular structure of matter and life. The discipline covers fundamentals of chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and environmental chemistry. A knowledge of chemistry is fundamental for those students wishing to pursue more advanced work in chemistry, the physical sciences, pre-med or medical school, or employment as a lab technician. For more information, contact Dr. Jeanette Kokosinski at (530) 283-0202, ext. 217 or


Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is a broad field focusing on our natural environment and human's role and responsibility in maintaining it. Environmental Studies cuts across many disciplines, including natural sciences like ecology, social sciences like policy, and management sciences like forestry. Our goal is to introduce students to all aspects of the field of Environmental Studies in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution or for field work once you graduate.  If you care about the natural environment and would like to explore it as a career option, you have found the right program!  For more information, contact Darla DeRuiter at (530) 283-0202, ext. 262or or go to


Mathematics provides a foundation for further study in mathematical systems as well as in logical and quantitative reasoning. Mathematics gives you a solid beginning for further study in engineering, physics, physical sciences, medicine, economic theory, and other areas in which a solid conceptual background in quantitative reasoning is necessary. It is ideal for those majoring in the physical sciences, engineering or math. For more information contact the Instruction Office.

Equine Studies

The only program of its kind in the United States, the Feather River College Pack Station and Stable Operation Horse Program was approved as a two-year associate degree program by the California Community College Chancellor's office in 1987. This unique program offers college-level course work to students who wish to become professionals in the horse-related enterprises. In this program. you will gain the skills needed for jobs as stable and pack station managers, wranglers for guest ranches and resorts, packers, guides, and outfitters for hunting and fishing expeditions, mining and construction companies, and a variety of public agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, contact Russell Reid at (530) 283-0202, ext. 272 or

Physical Science

The field of physical science covers the non-biological sciences and includes Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Natural Resources, Water Resources, Physics and Physical Science. A major in physical science provides background for continued study in one of the scientific areas, in subjects such as engineering, and in certain areas of natural resource management. Physical science is an excellent choice if you intend to major in a scientific field or need a solid scientific background for your career path. For more information contact the Instruction Office.

Vocational Nursing

The health care field is expected to be one of the largest fields of employment in future years. The Licensed Vocational Nursing program offers an Associates degree of Certificate of Achievement. Both options prepare you to take the California State Board of Nursing License Exam. Students in this program are prepared to work in hospitals, clinics and home health care. The LVN program is the second step in the nursing career path, the next step being the Registered Nurse (R.N.) Visit the Vocational Nursing Department.  For more information, contactJudy Mahan @ 530-283-0202, ext. 235 or You may also visit Regional Health Occupation Resource Center.