BS in Natural Resource Science and Management
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 must 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 graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill University general education requirements.
Students majoring in Natural Resource Science and Management may select one of the following emphasis areas:
Students are admissible to transfer into this program with a 2.0 term GPA and 2.0 cumulative GPA, and are directly admissible into the program when they meet the University admissions requirements.
Students planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and seeking information on how they apply to a degree program(s), can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3-4|
|or PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils FR and TE emphasis areas MUST take Soil 2100 and Soil 2106||3|
|or GEOL 1100||Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory FR and TE emphasis areas MUST take Soil 2100 and Soil 2106||2|
|or GEOL 1100||Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ABM 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|or ABM 2070W||Environmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive|
|Degree Program Requirements||41-43|
|ABM 2123||Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||3|
|or STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I|
|NAT_R 1070||Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources||3|
|PRST 3231||Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources||3|
|or ENV_SC 4024||Foundations of Environmental Education|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||3-5|
|or PLNT_SCI 2110||Plants and their Cultivation|
|NAT_R 4110||Natural Resource Biometrics||4|
|F_W 4600W||Ecosystem Management - Writing Intensive||3|
|NAT_R 2325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|or GEOG 3040||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|or ENV_SC 4400W||Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive|
|or PRST 3230||Outdoor Recreation Policy|
|FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology||5|
|or BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology|
|NAT_R 4940||Natural Resources Science and Management Internship||3|
|or NAT_R 4950||Undergraduate Research in Natural Resources Science and Management|
|F_W 4650||Natural Resource Planning and Management (Capstone)||4|
|Emphasis Area Requirements||40-44|
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||NAT_R 2325||3|
|NAT_R 1070||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||3||Emphasis Area Course||3-5|
|MATH 1100||3||PRST 3231||3|
|FOREST 2151||4||SOIL 2100||3|
|ABM 1041||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|Missouri State Law Requirement||3||Emphasis Area Course||3-5|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||3||Humanities & Fine Arts||3|
|Emphasis Courses||3-4||Humanities & Fine Arts||3|
|SOIL 2106||2||Emphasis Area Course||3||NAT_R 4950 or 4940||3|
|MATH 1400||3||Emphasis Area Course||4|
|NAT_R 4110||4||Emphasis Area Course||5|
|ABM 2123||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Approved Econ Course||3|
|F_W 4600W||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||F_W 4650||4|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Emphasis Area Course||4|
|Behavioral or Social Science||3|
|Total Credits: 120-125|
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