Natural Resources B.S.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

There are three concentrations available under the Natural Resources major:

Integrated Natural Resources Concentration

Resource Ecology Concentration

Resource Planning Concentration

Integrated Natural Resources Concentration

Integrated Natural Resources (INR) is a self-designed major. INR is the right choice for students who have strong interests in natural resources and the environment, clear academic direction, and the motivation to develop a well-focused, personally meaningful course of study. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student builds on a solid foundation of natural resources courses to create an individualized program that combines course work from disciplines within and outside the school.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

Required courses

(minimum nine credits)

Students select from a list of approved courses, at least one course in each of three areas:
Biology/ecology
NR courses in social sciences and communications
Quantitative and analytical methods
These courses are in addition to those taken to fulfill RSENR's general education requirements. The list of approved courses is available on the RSENR website.

Individualized Program of Study

(minimum thirty-nine credits)

The student develops an Individualized Program of Study composed primarily of intermediate level RSENR courses (ENVS, ENSC, FOR, NR, PRT or WFB prefix). This must include at least twenty-four credits inside the school and no more than six credits below the 100-level. With careful selection of courses, students develop concentrations such as Environmental Education, Sustainable Resource Management, Environmental Health, and Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources. All programs of study must be endorsed by the advisor, then approved by the faculty. If not approved, the student may not continue in the INR concentration and must seek another major. The program of study is to be approved by the end of the sophomore year (sixty credits). Transfer students with more than sixty credits must have a program of study approved as part of the transfer application. It is expected that transfer students will be active in the program for at least two years (four semesters) after transferring into the INR concentration. Any course substitution request should be approved prior to the end of the add/drop period for the semester in which the student plans to enroll in the substitute course.

Resource Ecology Concentration

The Resource Ecology curriculum explores the biology and ecology of plants and animals in both aquatic and terrestrial systems and allows students to select courses around specific individual interests.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

Required Courses

BIOL 001Principles of Biology4
BIOL 002Principles of Biology4
GEOL 001Earth System Science4
or PSS 161 Fundamentals of Soil Science
MATH 019Fundamentals of Calculus I 13
NR 140Applied Environ Statistics 14
CHEM 023Outline of General Chemistry4-8
or CHEM 031
  & CHEM 032
General Chemistry 1
   and General Chemistry 2
CHEM 026Outline of Organic & Biochem4-8
or CHEM 042 Intro Organic Chemistry
or CHEM 141
  & CHEM 142
Organic Chemistry 1
   and Organic Chemistry 2
NR 025Measurements & Mapping4
NR 143Intro to Geog Info Systems3
or NR 146 Remote Sensing of Natural Res
Twenty-seven additional credits in Optional Electives to be chosen from an approved list in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. This list is available on the RSENR website.27
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MATH 019 and NR 140 also fulfill RSENR general education requirements.

Any course substitution request should be approved prior the end of the add/drop period for the semester in which the student plans to enroll in the substitute course.

Resource Planning Concentration

The Resource Planning curriculum explores interactions among individuals, communities, and society with nature, resources, and the environment. It allows students to select courses around specific individual interests such as natural resource planning and community, policy and economic dimensions of resource planning, and international dimensions of resource planning.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

Required Courses

ANTH 021D2: Cultural Anthropology3
or GEOG 050 D2:World Regional Geography
CDAE 002D2: World Food,Pop & Develop3-4
or ENVS 002 D2: International Env Studies
EC 011Principles of Macroeconomics3
or EC 012 Principles of Microeconomics
or CDAE 061 Principles of Comm Development
PHIL 010Introduction to Philosophy (Ethics or Ethics of Eating)3
or ENVS 178 Environmental Ethics
or CDAE 208 Agricultural Policy and Ethics
POLS 021American Political System3
or POLS 041 Intro to Political Theory
or POLS 051 Intro International Relations
PSYC 001General Psychology3
or PSYC 104 Learning, Cognition & Behavior
or PSYC 130 Social Psychology
or PSYC 161 Developmental Psyc:Childhood
SOC 001Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 011 Social Problems
Twenty-seven additional credits in Optional Electives to be chosen from an approved list in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. This list is available on the RSENR website.27

Any course substitution request should be approved prior to the end of the add/drop period for the semester in which the student plans to enroll in the substitute course.