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.

Students pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Science and Management individualize their degree by choosing one of four emphasis areas. The Forest Resources emphasis prepares students to manage forests in order to protect wildlife habitats and the environment while meeting the ever-growing demand for wood products. The Human Dimensions emphasis trains students to apply social sciences to address questions about how people’s attitudes, knowledge, values and behaviors impact management of our natural resources. The Fisheries and Wildlife Science emphasis focuses upon development of skills in conservation of wildlife habitat, protection of endangered species, and management of wild animal populations. The Terrestrial Ecosystem emphasis allows students to combine interests in wildlife management and forestry to both conserve biodiversity and satisfy the needs of society for renewable natural resources using the practice of ecosystem management.

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Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Science and Management are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements. Several foundational courses required in the degree program can be used to meet general education requirements. Students majoring in Natural Resource Science and Management will select an additional 39-49 hours of coursework within one of the following emphasis areas:

A student may complete the B.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management without selecting a specific emphasis area if they complete the 81 credit hours of general education, foundational, and major core classes and an additional 39 credit hours of coursework with NAT_R, FOREST, or F_W course designators, or other related courses approved by their faculty advisor. Of these 39 hours, at least 30 should be at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Foundational Courses18-19
MATH 1100College Algebra3
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3-4
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ABM 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
or ABM 2070W Environmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive
Major Requirements45
NAT_R 1070Ecology and Renewable Resource Management3
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
STAT 2500Introduction to Probability and Statistics I3
FOREST 2151Dendrology4
NAT_R 3110Natural Resource Biometrics3
NAT_R 2325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
PRST 3231Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources3
or ENV_SC 4024 Foundations of Environmental Education
F_W 3600Introduction to Conservation Biology3
FOREST 4320Forest Ecology5
or BIO_SC 3650 General Ecology
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
F_W 4650Natural Resource Planning and Management (Capstone)4
FOREST 4940Forestry Internship3
or F_W 4940 Fisheries and Wildlife Internship
or FOREST 4950 Forestry Undergraduate Research
or F_W 4950 Undergraduate Research in Fisheries and Wildlife
Emphasis Area39-49
Requirements for thesis, internship or other capstone course
Capstone and internship are required.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample semester plan for the B.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management.  Please consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses 

First Year
BIO_SC 12005ATM_SC 10503 
MATH 11003CHEM 13204 
ENGLSH 10003Humanities Elective #13 
NAT_R 10703Emphasis course #13 
 14 13  
Second Year
MATH 14003NAT_R 23253 
FOREST 21514SOIL 21003 
ABM 10413STAT 25003 
MO State Government Requirement3Emphasis course #24 
Humanities elective #23Emphasis course #33 
 16 16  
Third Year
BIO_SC 3650W or FOREST 43205F_W 36003FOREST 4940 or F_W 49403
NAT_R 31103PRST 32313Emphasis course #73
SOIL 21062Emphasis course #53 
Humanities elective #33Emphasis course #64 
Emphasis course #43  
 16 13 6
Fourth Year
Emphasis course #83NAT_R 43533 
Emphasis course #93F_W 46504 
Emphasis course #103Emphasis course #113 
Social science elective3Emphasis course #124 
 12 14  
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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