Biology is the study of living systems. Those concepts fundamental to the understanding of all life include: biological molecules, energy transfer, cell structure and function, classification, DNA structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology. NR Biology students use the East Campus as a living laboratory to explore these ideas directly. Biology is a high school graduation requirement as well as a UC approved lab science.
Natural Resources Chemistry
Students in this laboratory science course study the natural elements and the changes they undergo. This course will develop the capacity to reason and provide students with a sound base from which students can pursue a career in the sciences. Students will apply their knowledge of chemistry as they explore water quality, aquaculture, biofuels generation, and other resource management fields. Chemistry fulfills the high school graduation requirement for physical science and is a UC approved lab science.
California Resources 1
Students investigate local ecosystems and the environmental issues associated with these areas. Students complete field studies to help relate cause and effect patterns within the environment. Studies include scientific protocols and tools used by natural resource professionals. Guest speakers and field trips allow students to consider their future careers in goals in many natural resource fields including Biology, Forestry, Fire Ecology, Watershed Management, Wildlife Biology, Rangeland Management, and Agriculture.
The following themes will be the foundation of our course.
Natural Resource Management has a scientific, cultural and economic context
Sustainability is our ability to survive and adapt in a world with limited resources
Stewardship of resources affects the quality of life of present and future generations
Science is a process
This class is UC approved as an elective.
California Resources 2
In Cal 2, students have the unique opportunity to control their education, explore their interests and passions, and improve our community. Student design a scientific study and complete a service learning project of their choice. In managing these complex projects, students learn to develop leadership skills, inquiry skills, goal setting, time management, and communication skills. Students budget time and money, write grants, and communicate regularly with a mentor. Not only is this an excellent opportunity to grow intellectually but they'll also create a portfolio demonstrating their accomplishments which can be shared with future schools and employers. This class is UC approved as an elective.
This upper division science course is offered to students with a desire to learn about ecologic and economic functions of plant cultivation with respect to common horticultural and native plants. They will study and know how to identify, grow, harvest and care for commonly grown species of plants. Students will learn about the biological role of plants and the human impacts on, and care of plants, within an ecosystem. Moreover, they will gain knowledge of nursery and greenhouse management that will ultimately prepare the student to gain employment, study plant conservation, or tend to and care for their own garden. It is UC approved as a lab science.
Natural Resources Program Four Year Course of Study
The following outline is a suggested course of study for the Natural Resource Program (all NR courses are in bold). Starred* classes fulfill graduation requirements.
Natural Resources Biology*
Foreign Language/VAPA Elective
Natural Resources Advanced Chemistry* or Environmental Botany
Foreign Language/VAPA Elective
California Natural Resources 1
Lab Science (AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, Environmental Botany, Physics, Physiology)