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Natural Resource Major

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Natural Resource Major (120 Credits)

Two options are designed to provide specialization in specific areas of natural resource sciences and include natural resource policy and wetland/aquatic resources. Lists of approved electives for each of these options are available from the department. A third option, directed studies, allows students working with their advisers to select courses that either increase their general knowledge of natural resources, or focus upon an aspect of natural resource sciences not represented by the other two options.
First Year
First TermCredits
Biol 106 [B] (GER)4
Engl 101 [W] (GER)3
GenEd 110 [A] (GER)3
Math 1074
NATRS 1001
Second TermCredits
Biol 107 [B] or 120 [B] (GER)4
Chem 101 or 105 [P] (GER)4
Engl 201 [W], H D 205 [C], or ComSt 102 [C] (GER)3
GenEd 111 [A] (GER)3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts & Humanities [H,G] (GER)3
EconS 101 [S] (GER)3
NATRS 2042
NATRS 3003
Second TermCredits
Arts & Humanities [H,G] or Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Intercultural Studies [I,G,K] (GER)3
NATRS 3122
Stat 212 [N] (GER)4
NRS Option courses and Approved electives13
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
NATRS 2804
NATRS 3013
SoilS 2013
NRS Option courses and Approved electives16
Second TermCredits
NATRS 3023
NATRS 3303
NATRS 4383
NRS Option courses and Approved electives16
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
NATRS 450 [M]3
NRS Option courses and Approved electives19
Second TermCredits
NATRS 488 [M]3
Tier III Course [T] (GER)3
NRS Option courses and Approved electives13

1Students in consultation with their advisors select 3 to 4 hours for the approved electives in social science and in ecology and 15-23 hours of course work for the option requirement. To facilitate selection of option courses the department/advisors have developed course lists. Each option must contain at least 9 credits of 300-400 level course work.

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