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.  Students with degrees in Natural Resource Science and Management with an emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems are accredited by the Society of American Foresters and may find employment as conservation biologists, ecologists, land stewards, 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 4390Watershed Management and Water Quality3
or NAT_R 3400 Water Quality and Natural Resource Management
F_W 1100Introductory Zoology with Laboratory5
F_W 2900Principles of Wildlife Management4
F_W 4600Ecosystem Management4
PLNT_S 2125Plant Structure and Function3
or PLNT_S 4400 Plant Anatomy
PLNT_S 3710
PLNT_S 3715
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
or F_W 2600 Ornithology
or F_W 3660 Mammalogy
ENV_SC 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
Total Credits43

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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
BIO_SC 12005F_W 11005 
ENGLSH 10003CHEM 13204 
MATH 11003Missouri State Law Requirement3 
NAT_R 10703Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 14 15  
Second Year
FOREST 21514STAT 25003FOREST 25411
MATH 14003SOIL 21003FOREST 25421
ABM 10413SOIL 21062FOREST 25441
ATM_SC 10503NAT_R 23253F_W 4940 or FOREST 49403
Behavioral & Social Science3FOREST 32072 
 16 13 6
Third Year
F_W 29004FOREST 43503 
FOREST 43205F_W 2600 or 36604 
NAT_R 31103FOREST 32124 
Humanities & Fine Arts3PLNT_S 21253 
 15 14  
Fourth Year
F_W 46004NAT_R 43533 
FOREST 43304PRST 32313 
FOREST 4390 or NAT_R 34003F_W 36003 
ENV_SC 4560 Observing Earth from Space3F_W 46504 
 Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 14 16  
Total Credits: 123

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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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