BS in Natural Resource Science and Management with Emphasis in Human Dimensions

Degree Program Description

The Natural Resource Science and Management degree with an emphasis in Human Dimensions targets students who wish to link a solid background in taxonomy and ecology with social sciences. Students may focus on outdoor interpretation, natural resources economics, and resource policy. Students with degrees in Natural Resource Science and Management with an emphasis in Human Dimensions can find employment as interpretive naturalists and natural resource educators.

Major Program Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional emphasis area requirements:

Degree Program Requirements-Emphasis Area
ABM 2070WEnvironmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive3
PRST 3230Outdoor Recreation Policy3
PRST 4340Recreation Land Management3
NAT_R 3400Water Quality and Natural Resource Management3
or FOREST 4390 Watershed Management and Water Quality
NAT_R 4024Foundations of Environmental Education3
F_W 1100Introductory Zoology with Laboratory5
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
F_W 4220Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3
F_W 4400Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation4
or F_W 4700 Wildlife Ecology Methods
or NAT_R 4300 Methods in Lake Ecology
Zoology Courses (choose 2; minimum 1 course from F_W)7-9
Invertebrate Zoology - Writing Intensive
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
Emphasis Courses9
Ethical Issues in Agriculture - Writing Intensive
Science, Technology and Society
Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability
Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive
Sustainability Science Problem Solving - Writing Intensive
Forest Economics
Outdoor Recreation Consortium
GIS Applications
Geographic Information Systems for the Social Sciences
Parks, Health and Wellness
Environmental Justice
Total Credits43-45

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Semester Plan

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

First Year
BIO_SC 12005NAT_R 23253 
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003 
NAT_R 10703F_W 11005 
ATM_SC 10503PRST 32313 
 14 14  
Second Year
ABM 10413SOIL 21003 
NAT_R 41104SOIL 21062 
BIO_SC 3650 or FOREST 43205Zoology Course4 
FOREST 21514CHEM 13204 
 Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 16 16  
Third Year
MATH 14003NAT_R 3400 or FOREST 43903NAT_R 49403
ABM 2070W3Zoology Course5 
Humanities & Fine Arts3Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3Humanities & Fine Arts3 
ABM 21233Missouri State Law Requirement3 
 15 17 3
Fourth Year
F_W 42203NAT_R 43533 
NAT_R 40243PRST 43403 
PRST 32303F_W 46504 
Behavioral or Social Science3F_W 47004 
F_W 4600W3  
 15 14  
Total Credits: 124

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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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