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.  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 Human Dimensions can find employment as interpretive naturalists, natural resource educators.

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Emphasis Area Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional requirements (46 credit hours):

AG_EC 2070Environmental Economics and Policy3
P_R_TR 3230Introduction to Parks and Outdoor Recreation Services3
F_W 3400Water Quality and Natural Resource Management3
or FOREST 4390 Watershed Management and Water Quality
4000-level Enviornmental Education (NAT_R 4024 still in development)3
F_W 4220Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3
P_R_TR 4340Advanced Recreation Land Management3
F_W 4400Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation4
or F_W 4700 Wildlife Research and Management Evaluation Methods
Choose three courses from group with no more than 5 credits from BIO_SC12-13
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
Invertebrate Zoology
Choose from group:9-11
Outdoor Recreation Consortium
Environmental Justice
Society, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Forest Economics
Environmental Sociology
Geographic Information Systems for the Social Sciences
GIS Applications
NAT_R 4940Natural Resources Internship3

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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
BIO_SC 12005ATM_SC 10503 
ENGLSH 10003CHEM 13204 
MATH 11003STAT 14003 
NAT_R 10703Humanities Elective #13 
 14 13  
Second Year
MATH 14003NAT_R 43253NAT_R 49403
AG_EC 10413SOIL 21003 
FOREST 21514AG_EC 20703 
MO State Government Requirement3F_W 3000-level Zoology Course #14 
Humanities Elective #23NRSM Professional Elective #13 
 16 16 3
Third Year
BIO_SC 36505F_W 3400 or FOREST 43903 
NAT_R 31103F_W 36003 
SOIL 21062P_R_TR 32313 
P_R_TR 32303F_W 3000-level Zoology Course #24 
Humanities Elective #33NRSM Professional Elective #23 
 16 16  
Fourth Year
F_W 4400 or 47004NAT_R 43533 
F_W 42203P_R_TR 43403 
NAT_R 4001Foundations Env Ed3F_W 3000-level Zoology Course #34 
Social Science Elective3NRSM Professional Elective #34 
 F_W 46503 
 13 17  
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

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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