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Study conservation in nature's classroom. At EICC, enjoy hands-on biology field experiences at the Nahant Marsh Education Center, a massive nature preserve near Davenport. You also build a solid foundation in general education classes. With low-cost tuition and transfer agreements in place, this is the smart way to do your first two years.
What You Learn in the Conservation Pathway
Study wildlife, trees and plants, and learn the basics of managing fisheries. Practice and build on your education during a summer wildlife experience and on-the-job training. You also check off a series of general education, like biology, chemistry, and math, which most four-year transfer colleges require. Complete your associate's with us and consider entering the Natural Resources Management accelerated track at Western Illinois University Quad Cities Riverfront Campus. Through this EICC pathway, you can earn a bachelor's in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration in as little as one year.
What Can I Do With a Career in Conservation?
Work on a County Conservation Board, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at state parks, and for non-profit organizations. You can manage forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Or work with landowners, governments, farmers, and others to improve land for forestry while also safeguarding the environment.
A Solid Foundation
Historical and biological
The basis for conserving natural resources. Survey problems and issues.
Study techniques including capture and marking, habitat evaluation, game laws, and more.
In the water
Learn to ID, estimate population, evaluate the watershed, and fish hatchery procedures.
Study chemical applications in biology, cell division, genetics, and more.
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This massive wetland is tucked between rail yards and an oxbow lake in southwest Davenport. It's home to 300 acres of hiking trails, 150+ species of animals, and 400+ species of plants. Study conservation and wetlands here. Or just come to play and revel in the surroundings. It's a classroom and nature's playground.MORE ON WETLANDS
Your Degree = Success
Planning to earn a bachelor’s? Start here, then transfer your credits or associate’s degree. Studies show community college students who transfer into a four-year do better than the students who started there as freshmen.
Get a remarkable education and remarkable head start at EICC.Explore the value of an associate’s degree
Keep Your Transfer Plan Current
Maybe your intended next college has added a new major or maybe you’ve discovered a new interest. Check with your EICC advisor regularly and keep your own checklist going so you’re on the right path making the right progress.TRANSFER PLANNING
What if I transfer to
Your credits will transfer to any other accredited institution. We’ve worked out transfer
agreements with select partner colleges and universities. Contact your advisor to
know exactly how your credits will work at:
Cedar Falls, Iowa
- 2.0 GPA required for transfer
- +2 years estimated completion at UNI
Employment and Wage Outlook
How EICC Fits Your Goals
Maybe the 4-year where you plan to transfer has added a new major or perhaps you discovered a new career field. We're here to guide and support you, so let us know. Keep in regular contact with your EICC advisor and lean on these services and resources, too.
Contact the admissions representative from the college you plan to attend. If you’re not sure, you may contact any rep. Each can answer questions about any college or program.
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