BS in Natural Resource Science and Management with Emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems

Degree Program Description

The Natural Resource Science and Management degree with an emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems combines interests in wildlife management and conservation and forestry focusing on basic and applied concepts important in land management and species conservation.  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 Terrestrial Ecosystems can find employment as conservation biologists, ecologists, land stewards, and resource foresters.

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Emphasis Area Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional requirements (48 credit hours):

F_W 1100Introductory Zoology with Laboratory5
F_W 2600Ornithology4
or F_W 3660 Mammalogy
FOREST 2542Forest Measurement and Inventory1
FOREST 2543Forest Ecology Field Studies1
FOREST 2544Introduction to Silviculture and Management1
F_W 2900Principles of Wildlife Management4
FOREST 3207Forest Fire Control and Use2
FOREST 3212Forest Health and Protection4
FOREST 4360Photogrammetry, Inventory and Models3
FOREST 4330Practice of Silviculture3
F_W 4600Ecosystem Management4
FOREST 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
or F_W 3400 Water Quality and Natural Resource Management
FOREST 4350Forest Economics3
FOREST 4375Forest Stand Dynamics3
PLNT_S 4400Plant Anatomy4
Choose from group:3
Pollutant Fate and Transport
Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife Disease Ecology

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Semester Plan

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

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
BIO_SC 12005F_W 11005 
ENGLSH 10003CHEM 13204 
MATH 11003MO State Government Requirement3 
NAT_R 10703Humanities Elective #13 
 14 15  
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
FOREST 21514ATM_SC 10503FOREST 25421
FOREST 32072STAT 1300 or 14003FOREST 25431
MATH 14003NAT_R 43253FOREST 25441
AG_EC 10413SOIL 21003 
Humanities Elective #23SOIL 21062 
 Social Science Elective3 
 15 17 3
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
F_W 29004FOREST 43503 
FOREST 43205F_W 2600 or 36604 
NAT_R 31103FOREST 32124 
PLNT_S 44004FOREST 43303 
 FOREST 3300 (Silviculture)1 
 16 15  
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
FOREST 43753NAT_R 43533 
F_W 46004FOREST 43603 
F_W 3400 or FOREST 43903P_R_TR 32313 
F_W Tox/Invasive/Human course3F_W 36003 
Humanities Elective #33F_W 46504 
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 16 16  
Total Credits: 127

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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 who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 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/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. 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 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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