BS in Natural Resource Science and Management
- Degree Program Description
- Major Program Requirements
- Semester Plan
- Degree Audit
- Major and Career Exploration
Degree Program Description
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.
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.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3-4|
|or PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ABM 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|NAT_R 1070||Ecology and Renewable Resource Management||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I||3|
|NAT_R 3110||Natural Resource Biometrics||3|
|NAT_R 2325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|PRST 3231||Principles of Interpretive Outdoor Recreation||3|
|F_W 3600||Introduction to Conservation Biology||3|
|FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology||5|
|or BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|F_W 4650||Natural Resource Planning and Management||4|
|FOREST 4940||Forestry Internship||3|
|or F_W 4940||Fisheries and Wildlife Internship|
|Requirements for thesis, internship or other capstone course|
|Capstone and internship are required.|
You may graduate from the University of Missouri with honors based upon your final cumulative GPA. This distinction will appear upon your transcript and make you eligible for the Honors Convocation. GPA requirements for Latin Honors are the following:
- Summa Cum Laude > 3.90
- Magna Cum Laude 3.70-3.89
- Cum Laude 3.50-3.69
Each semester, students achieving a GPA of 3.5 or greater and having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater will be placed on the School of Natural Resources Director’s List as acknowledgement of high scholastic achievement
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
|BIO_SC 1200||5||ATM_SC 1050||3|
|MATH 1100||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||Humanities Elective #1||3|
|NAT_R 1070||3||Emphasis course #1||3|
|MATH 1400||3||NAT_R 2325||3|
|FOREST 2151||4||SOIL 2100||3|
|ABM 1041||3||STAT 2500||3|
|MO State Government Requirement||3||Emphasis course #2||4|
|Humanities elective #2||3||Emphasis course #3||3|
|BIO_SC 3650W or FOREST 4320||5||F_W 3600||3||FOREST 4940 or F_W 4940||3|
|NAT_R 3110||3||PRST 3231||3||Emphasis course #7||3|
|SOIL 2106||2||Emphasis course #5||3|
|Humanities elective #3||3||Emphasis course #6||4|
|Emphasis course #4||3|
|Emphasis course #8||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|Emphasis course #9||3||F_W 4650||4|
|Emphasis course #10||3||Emphasis course #11||3|
|Social science elective||3||Emphasis course #12||4|
|Total Credits: 120|
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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via 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.
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 Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.