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.  The 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 with an emphasis in Forest Resources can find employment as community foresters, consulting foresters, ecologists, and resource foresters.

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Emphasis Area Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional requirements (42 credit hours):

FOREST 2542Forest Measurement and Inventory1
FOREST 2543Forest Ecology Field Studies1
FOREST 2544Introduction to Silviculture and Management1
FOREST 3207Forest Fire Control and Use2
FOREST 3212Forest Health and Protection4
FOREST 4360Photogrammetry, Inventory and Models3
FOREST 4330Practice of Silviculture3
NAT_R 4365GIS Applications3
FOREST 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
FOREST 4350Forest Economics3
FOREST 4375Forest Stand Dynamics3
PLNT_S 4400Plant Anatomy4
FOREST 4940Forestry Internship3
Professional credit electives approved by advisor to complete 120 total credits8

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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 10504 
MATH 11003MO State Government Requirement3 
NAT_R 10703Humanities Elective #13 
 14 14  
Second Year
FOREST 21514PLNT_S 2125 or 44003FOREST 25421
MATH 14003STAT 1300 or 14003FOREST 25431
AG_EC 10413NAT_R 43253FOREST 25441
FOREST 3207Forest Fire Ecology in Development2SOIL 21003FOREST 49403
Humanities Elective #23SOIL 21062 
 15 14 6
Third Year
FOREST 43205FOREST 43303 
NAT_R 31103FOREST 3300 (Silviculture)1 
Social Science Elective3FOREST 32124 
Humanities Elective #33FOREST 43503 
 FOREST 43603 
 14 14  
Fourth Year
FOREST 43753NAT_R 43533 
FOREST 43903P_R_TR 32313 
NAT_R 43653F_W 36003 
FOREST Professional Elective3FOREST Professional Elective4 
undefined F_W 46504 
 12 17  
Total Credits: 120

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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.

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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