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Natural Resource Management and Sustainability

The natural resource management and sustainability major is suited for students interested in natural resource management, but who seek a more flexible curriculum.  The curriculum provides a combination of knowledge and skills in biological and ecological sciences, natural resource management and social sciences needed to address complex natural resource challenges. The major has three areas of emphasis from which students can choose:

  • Community Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Geospatial Information Science
  • Water and Soil Resources

Curriculum

Students in the natural resource management and sustainability major have the flexibility to integrate courses from one or more of the other majors.  Additionally, curricula in the areas of emphasis are designed to facilitate earning an interdisciplinary certificate in the area of study. Graduates will be prepared to pursue careers in the public and private sectors, or pursue additional training in graduate studies.

Community Forestry and Arboriculture Area of Emphasis

The Community Forestry and Arboriculture area of emphasis focuses on management of individual trees and sites—groups of trees and forest stands growing in urban, suburban and community landscapes, including trees which grow surrounded by, and along, community hardscapes, urban canyons, streets, highways, yards, parks, cemeteries, schools, right-of-ways, utility infrastructures, and human structures.

Course Sequences

Related Minors and Certificate Programs

Students pursuing the water and soil resources area of emphasis in the natural resource management and sustainability major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs alongside the NRMS major, as circumstances allow. Warnell offers other certificate options as well.

  • Water Resources certificate - students taking Senior Project and WASR(FORS) 4110 as a major elective will fulfill the coursework requirements. Students must also complete the associated seminar series.

Geospatial Information Science Area of Emphasis

The geospatial information science area of emphasis provides students with a foundation in natural resource management coupled with extensive training in Geographic Information Systems. Increasingly, employers hiring graduates from natural resource programs require primary training geospatial analysis.  These employers range from forest products companies who use the technology to identify wood supply zones and better schedule truck delivery routes to public agencies that use the technology to delineate habitat for threatened or endangered species.

Students pursuing the Geospatial Information Science area of emphasis are encouraged to also enroll in the GIS Certificate Program through the Department of Geography.

Course Sequences

Related Minors and Certificate Programs

Students pursuing the GIS area of emphasis in the natural resource management and sustainability major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs alongside the NRMS major, as circumstances allow. Warnell offers other certificate options as well.

  • GIS certificate - students must have a B or higher grade in all courses counting towards the GIS certificate, including FANR 3800. Students completing the GIS emphasis will have completed the coursework requirements for the certificate.
  • Water Resources certificate - students can pick major electives that also fulfill the coursework requirements; several combinations are possible. Students must also complete the associated seminar series.
  • Informatics certificate - students must pick CSCI 2150 as their programming elective and must additionally take INFO 2000 and one course from: BINF 4005, ENGL 4885, GEOG 2011-2011L, HPAM 4410, INFO 4150, or MIST 4610.

Water and Soil Resources Area of Emphasis

The Water and Soil Resources major emphasizes assessment, conservation, and rehabilitation of the soil, water, wetland, and endangered species components of the natural landscape. The curriculum is broad-based, furnishing a comprehensive understanding of the physical and biological elements of the natural environment, an appreciation of the social, political, and economic forces that influence natural resources policy decisions, and the ability to analyze natural resource problems to forge realistic solutions.

Through appropriate choice of electives, students can meet the educational requirements for Certified Soil Scientist (by the Soil Science Society of America) and/or prepare for the certified hydrologist exam offered by the American Institute of Hydrologists.

Course Sequences

Related Minors and Certificate Programs

Students pursuing the water and soil resources area of emphasis in the natural resource management and sustainability major may be able to complete one or more of the following programs alongside the NRMS major, as circumstances allow. Warnell offers other certificate options as well.

  • Water Resources certificate - no additional coursework is needed to earn the water resources certificate, but students must complete an associated seminar series.
  • Environmental Soil Science minor - students must pick two from the following when selecting their required options: CRSS 4540, 4600, and 4610. Students must also choose an additional course from the following list: CRSS 4010, 4050, or 4590.
  • Environmental Health Science minor - students selecting EHSC 4310, 4350, 4610, and 4490 for their electives and required options can additionally take EHSC 3060 to satisfy the requirements for this minor. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses applying towards this minor.
  • GIS certificate - students must have a B or higher grade in all courses counting towards the GIS certificate, including FANR 3800. Students completing FANR 3800, GEOG 4330, and GEOG 4350 for their requirements can additionally take GEOG 4370 to get the coursework for this certificate.
  • Informatics certificate - students must pick CSCI 2150 as their programming elective and GEOG 4330 and 4350 as major electives. They must additionally take INFO 2000 and one course from: BINF 4005, ENGL 4885, GEOG 2011-2011L, HPAM 4410, INFO 4150, or MIST 4610.