BS in Natural Resource Science and Management
- Degree Program Description
- Major Program Requirements
- Semester Plan
- Degree Audit
- Major and Career Exploration
Degree Program Description
The Natural Resource Science and Management degree addresses the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing natural and human-dominated ecosystems, in a sustainable manner, to meet desired societal goals. The degree has elements that belong to the biological, physical, social, political and managerial sciences that are applied to conserving plant and animal species in forests, grasslands, rivers and streams, and urban areas. The degree also develops students' skills in working with diverse groups of people. Students with degrees in Natural Resource Science and Management work as fisheries biologists, foresters, interpreters, naturalists, and wildlife biologists for state and federal agencies, nature centers and museums, and consulting firms.
Students pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Science and Management individualize their degree by choosing one of four emphasis areas. The Forest Resources emphasis prepares students to manage forests in order to protect wildlife habitats and the environment while meeting the ever-growing demand for wood products. The Human Dimensions emphasis trains students to apply social sciences to address questions about how people’s attitudes, knowledge, values and behaviors impact management of our natural resources. The Fisheries and Wildlife Science emphasis focuses upon development of skills in conservation of wildlife habitat, protection of endangered species, and management of wild animal populations. The Terrestrial Ecosystem emphasis allows students to combine interests in wildlife management and forestry to both conserve biodiversity and satisfy the needs of society for renewable natural resources using the practice of ecosystem management.
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Science and Management are required to complete all University general education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill University general education requirements.
Students majoring in Natural Resource Science and Management may select one of the following emphasis areas:
A student may complete the B.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management without selecting a specific emphasis area by completing an additional (beyond the major/core requirements) 39 credit hours of coursework with NAT_R, FOREST, or F_W course designators, or other related courses approved by their faculty advisor. Of these 39 credit hours, at least 30 should be at the 3000- or 4000-level.
Students are admissible to transfer into this program with a 2.0 term GPA and 2.0 cumulative GPA, and are directly admissible into the program when they meet the University admissions requirements.
Students planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and seeking information on how they apply to a degree program(s), can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ABM 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|or ABM 2070W||Environmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive|
|NAT_R 1070||Ecology and Renewable Resource Management||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3-4|
|or PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|NAT_R 2325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|or GEOG 3040||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS|
|STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I||3|
|PRST 3231||Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources||3|
|or ENV_SC 4024||Foundations of Environmental Education|
|F_W 3600||Introduction to Conservation Biology||3|
|FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology||5|
|or BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|or ENV_SC 4400W||Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive|
|or PRST 3230||Outdoor Recreation Policy|
|F_W 4650||Natural Resource Planning and Management (Capstone)||4|
|FOREST 4940||Forestry Internship||3|
|or F_W 4940||Fisheries and Wildlife Internship|
|or FOREST 4950||Forestry Undergraduate Research|
|or F_W 4950||Undergraduate Research in Fisheries and Wildlife|
|Emphasis Area Requirements||39-43|
Below is a sample semester plan for the B.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management. Please consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses.
|BIO_SC 1200||5||ATM_SC 1050||3|
|MATH 1100||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||Humanities & Fine Arts||3|
|NAT_R 1070||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|MATH 1400||3||NAT_R 2325||3|
|FOREST 2151||4||SOIL 2100||3|
|ABM 1041||3||STAT 2500||3|
|Missouri State Law Requirement||3||Emphasis Area Course||4|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|BIO_SC 3650W or FOREST 4320||5||F_W 3600||3||FOREST 4940 or F_W 4940||3|
|NAT_R 4110||4||PRST 3231||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|SOIL 2106||2||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||3||Emphasis Area Course||4|
|Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||F_W 4650||4|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Behavioral or Social Science||3||Emphasis Area Course||4|
|Total Credits: 121|
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.
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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.