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About the Program

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

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

The Bachelor of Arts Integrative Studies (BAIS) 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 research methods, 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 BAIS in Natural Resources as a foundation for future graduate studies in natural resources, environmental law, range management, or ecology.

Our Students

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 BAIS interdisciplinary perspective as it brings many voices to the classroom.

Getting Started

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 BAIS program is to help you achieve your goals!


  • BAIS students should contact their faculty adviser prior to signing up for Fall 2010 classes. If students are unsure of who to contact, please either call Marsha Holford at 775.753.2244 or email, and she will put you in contact with an advisor.

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Program Faculty

Tracy Shane
Program Supervisor, Natural Resources, Elko 775.753.2344

Pete Bagley
Faculty Advisor, Elko 775.753.2229

Carrie Bruno
Faculty Advisor, Elko 775.753.2204

Doug Hogan
Faculty Advisor, Winnemucca 775.623.1809

For More Information, Contact

Tracy Shane: 775.753-2344, tracyb(a)

Marsha Holford: 775.753.2244, marshah(a)

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