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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

February 22, 2011 4 comments

Welcome. Are you considering continuing your education? Are you looking for courses in natural resources, forestry, fisheries, or wildlife? Then you’ve come to the right place.

As a college graduate in wildlife, I want to make sure that I’m constantly improving myself or reinforcing the skills that I have. In personal searches, I’ve found that either the price or scheduling of courses at universities are too much for me or I’m not able to pick everything up and travel to a state that has a course I’m interested in for an entire semester. In my review of potential courses I’ve found that the intensity of coursework (such as GIS) may not be something I want to pursue online thus making distance learning less of an option.

However, I’ve learned not to fret.

There are courses available to students, professors and career professionals that are set up to that are more flexible, shorter, costs less, provides housing (some), provides networking opportunities, and delivers to you the same amount of information as a semester at a university.

Of course each option (university vs. field courses) have their pros and cons. However, it is up to you to determine which course of action is best for you and your career objectives. Just know if you’re trying to make a decision about a course, you’ll have to decide quickly because seats are often limited.

So sit back and relax. As courses arise I’ll detail them on this blog along with university options in respective posts. As a collective whole you can review course availability via a calendar created just for field courses.

 

Alaska Universities and Colleges with Wildlife Programs

October 18, 2010 2 comments

Hey there. I’ve just completed all of the Alaska Universities and Colleges which have environmentally based programs. There aren’t many schools but the programs undoubtedly are among the best in the nation especially for marine based studies. It is that time of year again where students should be searching for and applying to colleges. So if you’re interested in careers in the outdoors keep following along with this blog as I post each state up. Hopefully I can get to more states quickly however the process is time consuming. This is especially so because I want to do my best to make sure that I’ve included every updated major and contact information.

I’ve also created the abbreviation list for the degree programs. I’ll be sure to update it as I meander through the states and record their degree information.  So if you’re interested in forestry, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries or any of the other related sciences don’t hesitate to check out the states here,  and for Alabama. I actually have Arizona and Arkansas as well but it was completed back in April or so. I plan to update it but if you don’t want to wait till then check it out here as well.

So if you’re a high school student and you’re wondering “What should I major in?” or “What are some outdoor majors?” take a peek. You’ll learn something.

Schools with Environmental Programs- AL, AK, AZ, AR

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Here’s all the Universities/Colleges in the US for states, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, and Arkansas which carry environmentally based programs. My aim was to make it as easy to understand as possible while continuing to include most of the information originally supplied in the document by TWS. My efforts in this were to update the links, contact information, and include all studies at each school (undergraduate and graduate) environmentally based. I do not seek to offend by not including studies such as Agriculture, General Biology, or Horticulture. My aim in this was to attempt to maintain a tight focus on the Environmental Natural Resources sector where completion of the degree would result in a career largely centered around the conservation, and/or preservation through the management of our natural resources.

To best understand this document (and subsequent documents) under the degree name –some you will have to click to obtain an extended list- you’ll find the complete extended name of each degree. If you want to know whether that degree is a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD then utilize the programs column. I make extensive use of colons, semi-colons and dashes. The dashes separate Degree Abbreviation from Degree Type. This same style will follow throughout all documents.

Some of the abbreviation names will follow on a first letter basis i.e Wildlife Biology is WB. Others may follow the first few letters i.e. Forestry is FOR. The purpose of my doing this is to extend what The Wildlife Society has already done and in effect all credit is given to them for providing a master list, and to provide curious students with a better view of schools that they can attend. I am glad this list is available and only wish I had found it when I was preparing to go to college.

It will load in Google Documents. It didn't translate over as I have it saved so you will have to click on Degree Abbreviation and Type to extend the box. Or better you can save it to the computer. =)

Phase 1 of Environmentally Related Studies for Students

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve just completed Phase 1 of the Environmentally related degree programs in the U.S. and thought it would be necessary to provide you all with an inkling of the progress that I’ve made. Using the Wildlife Society’s document I have updated broken links for each school and will be moving on to updating department information. I also plan to create two other documents based off this information that separates Undergraduate adn Graduate degrees for easier viewing by the degree focus. Right now I have the discipline areas divided as so:

  • Environmental- Science, Technology, Biology, Management, Policy, Ecology
  • Forestry- Technology, Management, Biology
  • Wildlife- Science, Technology, Conservation, Ecology, Management, Biology
  • Fisheries- Science, Management, Technology, Aquaculture
  • Marine- Policy, Science, Biology, Management
  • Natural Resource- Management, Technology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Other- Human Dimensions, Rangeland Management, Ecology, Zoology etc*

You may wonder why I have not included focus areas such as agriculture,  general biology, veterinary and some others. Understand it’s not that I don’t want to but I felt that doing so would result in creating an umbrella thus getting away from the original reason for starting this. Plus my interest in the areas mentioned above are stronger than other areas not mentioned here. Lastly I believe that these areas are more closely intertwined than mentioning other areas of study. So that is all that’s going on right now. Be back with you soon!

*This will be updated as I go back through the schools to pick on programs of study at the school that may not have been mentioned by TWS or that I feel would fit the purposes of this document.

Some Thoughts on Preparing for Post-secondary Education

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I consider this post perhaps one of the rare cases of organized rambling that I’ll ever do, but thought it necessary as I prepare for my next real post. I completed high school in 2005, and knew only partially the process of searching for a college. You find one by checking off these areas: Major, financial, , Can I really get in this school, Level of Like, How far away do I want to be from my parents, and Big/Small population.

As a person looking to major in wildlife some of the points didn’t even register. I just wanted to find a school in my budget of $0 that would give me the education I needed pending acceptance. Honestly I only did meager research on about 5 schools and dumped all my eggs on being accepted into Clemson University since it was an instate school with my major. I honestly had no idea like I do now the number of schools in the US which had wildlife programs. I still would have went to Clemson but I definitely could have gone for having a greater knowledge of the academic system.

Currently I’m working on a document developed by The Wildlife Society of all the schools in the U.S with environmental majors: Wildlife, Fisheries, Natural Resources, Forestry, Marine, Environmental, Aquaculture, Rangeland, Conservation Biology, Ecology, and Human Dimensions. The purpose for editing the document is to update broken links, enhance how user friendly it is, give my own 2 cents on what I went through going into college and as I prepare for grad school then finally because I have a lot of time on my hands. In the end, I honestly really don’t mind doing it because it helps me look at different schools, their programs, how user friendly their websites are, the level of their programs, level of preparation for TWS certification plus some other odds and ends.

In the end this is a “Coming Soon” post to let you know I’m here; I’m just in the process of working on something that is going to take a joyful while. =)