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.  Please note that courses taken for concentrations may not be double-counted for distribution requirements.

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 SU:Fundmntls 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 143Intro to Geog Info Systems3
or NR 146 Remote Sensing of Natural Res
FOR 111Nat Res Ecol and Assessment 14
At least 9 credits in strong ecological content courses. Students may choose from the following list or consult with their advisor:
SU:Ecology and Evolution
Winter Ecology
Ecological Parasitology
Community Ecology
Plant-Animal Interactions
Evolution
Molecular Ecology
Plant Communities
Recovery&Restor Altered Ecosys
Pollution Ecology
Forest Ecology Laboratory
Forest Ecosystem Health
Biogeography
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Limnology
Wetlands Ecology & Mgmt
Stream Ecology
Global Change Ecology
SU: Advanced Agroecology
Soil Ecology
Conservation Biology
Marine Ecology & Conservation
Behavioral Ecology
Population Ecology
Terrestrial Wildlife
Physiological Ecology
Forest Ecosystem Analysis
Environmental Microbiology
Landscape Ecology
Ecosystems Ecology
Ecology of a Large Lake
Plant Population Biology
Up to 18 credits (to total 27) in courses to contribute to expand ecological understanding or strong ecological content. Students may choose from the following list or consult with their advisor:
Field Zoology
Wildlife Track Analysis
Sociobiology
Wetlands Wildlife
SU:Sustainability Science
The Circumpolar Arctic
Field Herpetology
Field Geology
Environmental Geochemistry
Biology of Fungi
Ecological Modeling
Intro to Wildlife Tracking
Mammalogy
Population Genetics
Landscape Natural History
SU:Climate Chg: Sci & Percept
Glacial Geology
Dendrology
Weather, Climate & Landscapes
Climatology
Earth System Science 4
Environmental Geology
Geomorphology
SU:Water as a Natural Resource
Intro to Geog Info Systems 4
Remote Sensing of Natural Res 4
Ecol Design & Living Technol
Toxic&Hzrds Subst in Srf Water
Plant Physiology
Morph & Evo of Vascular Plants
Plant Systematics
Plant Anatomy
Tropical Plant Systematics
SU:Fundmntls of Soil Science 4
Ecological Landscape Design
Chemistry of Soil & Water
Ornithology
Field Ornithology
Ichthyology
Wetlands Wildlife
Wildlife Behavior
Quantitative Biology
Speciation and Phylogeny
Geological Oceanography
Stratigraphy & Sedimentology
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Additional Options:
Internship 2
Independent Study 2
Undergraduate Research 2
Internship 2
Independent Study 2
Honors 3
1

MATH 019 and NR 140 also fulfill RSENR general education requirements.

2

A maximum of 6 credits may count toward either strong ecological content or expands ecological understanding with the Program Chair's approval.

3

A maximum of 3 credits may count toward either strong ecological content or expands ecological understanding with the Program Chair's approval.

4

May not double count for required courses.

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.  Please note that courses taken for concentrations may not be double-counted for distribution requirements.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

Required Courses

ANTH 021D2:SU: Cultural Anthropology3
or GEOG 050 D2:SU:World Regional Geog
CDAE 002D2:SU:World Food,Pop & Develop3-4
or ENVS 002 D2:SU:International Env Stdies
EC 011Principles of Macroeconomics3
or EC 012 Principles of Microeconomics
or CDAE 061 SU:Principles of Comm Dev
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
PSYS 001Intro to Psychological Science3
or PSYS 111 Learning, Cognition & Behavior
or PSYS 130 Social Psychology
or PSYS 150 Developmental Psych: Childhood
SOC 001SU: Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 011 Social Problems
21 credits in Content Courses. Student may choose from the following list or consult with their advisor:21
Sustainable Community Dev
SU:Comparative Envir Pol
Land Use Policy & Economics
Int'l Environmental Governance
Zoos, Exotics & Endang Species
Community&Int'l Econ Transform
Env Impacts of Consumerism
D1:Environmental Justice
Sustain Dev Sm Island States
Rural Geography
Int'l Environmental Governance
Wilderness Educ & Leadership 4
Agricultural Policy and Ethics 3
Community Org & Development
Economics of Sustainability
D2: Global Env History
Sust Transpo Planning
Adv Top:Zoo,Exotic,Endang Spec
Contemp Policy Iss:Comm Dev
SU:Economics Envirnmntl Policy
D2:Trad Ecological Knowledge
D2: Ecofeminism
Radical Environmentalism
D2:Religion and Ecology
Env Conflict Resolution
Environmental Law
Environmental Education 4
Environmental History Seminar
D2:SU:Geography of Development
Urban Geography
Historic Preservation Law
History on the Land
SU:Water as a Natural Resource
Intro Environmental Policy
Legal Aspects Envir Planning 4
Adv Natural Resource Policy
Intro to Ecological Economics
SU: U.S.Environmental Politics
Tourism Planning
SU: Ecotourism
Outdoor Recreation Planning
Park and Wilderness Management
Environmental Interpretation 4
SU:Sociology of Disaster
SL: C Ross Env Publ Serv Pract 4
Our Consuming Society
Wildlife and Society
D2: Environmental Anthropology
Environmental Ethics
Forest Resources Values
Political Ecology
Gender, Space & Environment
Int'l Problems in NR Mgmt
NR Planning: Theory & Methods
Population, Environment & Soc
Adv Environmental Sociology
6 credits in Tools Courses. Students may choose from the following list or consult with their advisor:6
Project Development & Planning
Environmental Education 4
Geog Info:Cncpts & Applic
Measurements & Mapping
Campus Sustainability
Intro to Geog Info Systems
Remote Sensing of Natural Res
Legal Aspects Envir Planning 4
Integrating GIS & Statistics
Wilderness Educ & Leadership 4
Adv Geospatial Techniques
GIS Practicum
SL: C Ross Env Publ Serv Pract 4
Geospatial Cncpt&Visualization
Information Technology & Mgmt
Info, Technology & Bus Systems
Ecol Design & Living Technol
Environmental Interpretation 4
Fund of Social Research
Fund of Social Research
Landscape Design Fundamentals
Ecological Landscape Design
Argument & Decision
Persuasion
Fundamentals of Debate
Citizen Advocacy & Debate
Survey Sampling
Meth of Ethnographic Field Wrk
Meth of Data Anyl in Soc Rsch
6 credits of a modern foreign language
Additional Options:
Internship 1
Independent Study 1
Undergraduate Research 1
Internship 1
Independent Study 1
Honors 2
1

A maximum of 6 credits may count toward either content courses or tools courses with the Program Chair's approval.

2

A maximum of 3 credits may count toward either content courses or tools courses with the Program Chair's approval.

3

May not double count for both required courses and option electives.

4

 May be counted as either content or tools but may not be double counted.

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.