BS in Natural Resource Science and Management

The Natural Resource Science and Management 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 work as fisheries biologists, foresters, interpreters, naturalists, and wildlife biologists for state and federal agencies, nature centers and museums, and consulting firms.

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Major Program Requirements

Students must also complete emphasis area requirements.  Students must have 120 credits to graduate.  The last 45 credit hours must be completed at the University of Missouri.

General Education34-35
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3-4
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
or HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865
or HIST 1400 American History
or POL_SC 1100 American Government
AG_EC 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or AG_EC 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
Behavioral/Social Science Elective3
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
Fine Arts/Humanities Electives9
Major Requirements44
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
STAT 1300Elementary Statistics3
or STAT 1400 Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences
NAT_R 1070Ecology and Renewable Resource Management3
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
FOREST 2151Dendrology4
NAT_R 4325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
or GEOG 3040 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS
NAT_R 3110Natural Resource Biometrics3
P_R_TR 3231Principles of Interpretive Outdoor Recreation3
F_W 3600Introduction to Conservation Biology3
FOREST 4320Forest Ecology5
or BIO_SC 3650 General Ecology
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
F_W 4650Wildlife Management Planning4
Elective Credits42-49
Requirements for thesis, internship or other capstone course
Capstone is required. Internship is required in some emphasis areas.

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Semester Plan

Refer to the sample semester plans for the emphasis areas.

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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 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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