Natural Resources Management

School of Natural Resources and Extension

BS, MS, MNRMG Degrees; Minor

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The complexity and interrelatedness of society and the environment require an interdisciplinary approach to making and implementing sustainable natural resource decisions. The natural resources management degree integrates knowledge in natural science, policy, economics and human values to advance the sustainable management of natural resources and agricultural systems. Students learn through a variety of approaches, including classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory experiences, and opportunities for internships and independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Successful graduates will be qualified for employment in a broad range of private enterprise, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the various natural resources fields, and will be well-equipped for graduate studies.

Major -- BS Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete BIOL F115X, BIOL F116X, NRM F303X, and a MATH--Calculus course.)
  2. Complete the BS degree requirements. (As part of the BS degree requirements, complete CHEM F105X and STAT F200X*.)
  3. Complete the following (major) requirements:*
    NRM F101--Natural Resources Conservation and Policy--3 credits
    NRM F111--Introduction to Sustainability--3 credits
    NRM F240--Natural Resource Measurements--3 credits
    NRM F210--Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture--3 credits
    ECON F235--Introduction to Natural Resource Economics--3 credits
    NRM F277--Conservation Biology--3 credits
    NRM F290--Resource Management Issues at High Latitudes--2 credits
    NRM F366--Survey Research in Natural Resources Management--3 credits
    NRM F370--Introduction to Watershed Management--3 credits
    NRM F375--Natural Resource Ecology--3 credits
    NRM F380W--Soils and the Environment--3 credits
    NRM F403W/O--Environmental Decision Making--3 credits
    NRM F430--Resource Management Planning--3 credits
    NRM/GEOG F483W--Research Design, Writing, and Presentation Methods--3 credits
    1. Complete one of the following GIS courses:
      NRM F338--Introduction to Geographic Information Systems--3 credits
      NRM F369-- GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resources--3 credits
      NRM F435--GIS Analysis--4 credits
    2. Complete one of the following policy/law courses:
      NRM F204--Public Lands Law and Policy--3 credits
      NRM F407--Environmental Law--3 credits
    3. Complete a minor, pre-vet, or 15 credits in a support field which is a group of courses selected for its clear pertinence to a cohesive program. Support fields may include but are not limited to natural resources management, chemistry, communications, education, art, fisheries and wildlife management. Courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor and department head prior to attaining senior standing. Note: students must take a total of 39 upper division credits.
  4. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.


  1. Complete the following:
    NRM F101--Natural Resources Conservation and Policy--3 credits
    NRM electives*--15 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--18 credits

* At least 6 credits must be upper-division. The minor program must be approved by an NRM advisor.