BS in Natural Resource Science and Management with Emphasis in Forest Resources

Degree Program Description

The Natural Resource Science and Management degree with an emphasis in Forest Resources expands the knowledge base in fire ecology, silviculture, and forest stand dynamics in order for graduates to better address the challenges of managing forest resources in the 21st Century.  Students with a degree in Natural Resource Science and Management with an emphasis in Forest Resources will be accredited by the Society of American Foresters and may find employment as community foresters, consulting foresters, ecologists, and resource foresters.

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Major Program Requirements

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

Emphasis Core Requirements
FOREST 2541Forest Utilization1
FOREST 2542Forest Measurement and Inventory1
FOREST 2544Introduction to Silviculture and Management1
FOREST 3207Forest Fire Control and Use2
FOREST 3212Forest Health and Protection4
FOREST 4330Practice of Silviculture4
FOREST 4350Forest Economics3
FOREST 4380Forest Resource Management3
FOREST 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
NAT_R 4365GIS Applications3
PLNT_S 2125Plant Structure and Function3-4
or PLNT_S 4400 Plant Anatomy
ENV_SC 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
Professional Electives (approved by advisor to complete 120 total credits)7
Total Credits38-39

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample semester plan for the Forest Resources Area.  Please consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses.

First Year
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 13204 
ENGLSH 10003PHYSCS 1210 or ATM_SC 10503 
MATH 11003Missouri State Law Requirement3 
NAT_R 10703Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 14 13  
Second Year
FOREST 21514SOIL 21003FOREST 25411
MATH 14003STAT 25003FOREST 25421
ABM 10413NAT_R 23253FOREST 25441
Humanities & Fine Arts3FOREST 32072FOREST 4940 or 49503
 PLNT_S 21253 
 13 14 6
Third Year
FOREST 43205FOREST 32124 
NAT_R 31103FOREST 43503 
SOIL 21062PRST 32313 
Behavioral or Social Science3NAT_R 43653 
Humanities & Fine Arts3Professional Elective3 
 16 16  
Fourth Year
FOREST 43304NAT_R 43533 
FOREST 43903F_W 36003 
FOREST 43803F_W 46504 
EnvSc 4560 Observing Earth from Space3Professional Elective4 
 13 14  
Total Credits: 119

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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

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via 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

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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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