BS in Natural Resource Science and Management with Emphasis in Human Dimensions

Degree Program Description

The Natural Resource Science and Management degree with an emphasis in Human Dimensions targets students who wish to link a solid background in taxonomy and ecology with social sciences.  Students may focus on outdoor interpretation, natural resources economics, and resource policy.  Students with degrees in Natural Resource Science and Management with an emphasis in Human Dimensions can find employment as interpretive naturalists, natural resource educators.

Major Program Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional emphasis area requirements:

Emphasis Core Requirements
ABM 2070WEnvironmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive3
PRST 3230Outdoor Recreation Policy3
PRST 4340Recreation Land Management3
NAT_R 3400Water Quality and Natural Resource Management3
or FOREST 4390 Watershed Management and Water Quality
NAT_R 4024Foundations of Environmental Education3
F_W 4220Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3
F_W 4400Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation4
or F_W 4700 Wildlife Ecology Methods
or NAT_R 4300 Methods in Lake Ecology
Zoology Courses (Choose 3 courses, with no more than 5 credits from BIO_SC)12
F_W 2600Ornithology5
F_W 2700Ichthyology4
F_W 3660Mammalogy4
BIO_SC 3260WInvertebrate Zoology - Writing Intensive3-4
PLNT_SCI 3710
PLNT_SCI 3715
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
5
Professional Electives-9-11 Credits9
ENV_SC 2600Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability 3
ENV_SC 4400WEnvironmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive3
ENV_SC 4600Sustainability Science Problem Solving3
FOREST 4350Forest Economics3
NAT_R 2080Outdoor Recreation Consortium2
NAT_R 4365GIS Applications3
or GEOG 4790 Geographic Information Systems for the Social Sciences
PRST 4250Parks, Health and Wellness3
RU_SOC 3310Society, Agriculture and Natural Resources3
RU_SOC 4370Society, Environment and Natural Resources 3
SOCIOL 3330Environmental Justice3
Total Credits93-94

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample semester plan for the Human Dimensions Emphasis Area.  Please consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
BIO_SC 12005ATM_SC 10503 
ENGLSH 10003NAT_R 23253 
MATH 11003F_W 11005 
NAT_R 10703Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 14 14  
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ABM 10413SOIL 21003 
NAT_R 41104SOIL 21062 
Missouri State Law Requirement3Zoology Course4 
FOREST 43205ABM 21233 
 CHEM 13204 
 15 16  
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MATH 14003NAT_R 3400 or FOREST 43903F_W 4940 or FOREST 49403
ABM 2070W3PRST 32313 
Humanities & Fine Arts3Zoology Course4 
Professional Elective3Professional Elective3 
Zoology Course5Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 17 16 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
F_W 42203NAT_R 43533 
NAT_R 40243PRST 43403 
PRST 32303F_W 46504 
Behavioral or Social Science3F_W 44004 
Professional Elective3  
 15 14  
Total Credits: 124

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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