The Environmental and Natural Resources curriculum produces professionals who have a broad-based knowledge in natural resources and an ability to interact with other resource professionals to provide thoughtful solutions to environmental and natural resource problems. The world is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, but the problems associated with their conservation are immense. Protection of rare and endangered species, preventing and controlling invasions of exotics, protecting old growth forests, restoring degraded ecosystems, and balancing the resource demands of industry and the public are some of the environmental issues which are enmeshed in politicized environments.
Three concentrations are offered within the Environmental and Natural Resources major, which is administered by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. The Conservation Biology Concentration is oriented toward students who desire a greater exposure to taxa, their habitats, and their interrelationships. The Natural Resources Management Concentration emphasizes both resource management and negotiation skills. The Natural Resource and Economic Policy Concentration provides more in-depth study in economics and policy applications.
Graduates in Environmental and Natural Resources are well prepared for further graduate studies in natural resources and related fields. Potential public sector employers of graduates include federal, state, and municipal resource management agencies, private industries impacting land and water resources, environmental management consulting firms, and various environmental advocacy groups.
Total Semester Hours: 120
1 Conservation Biology Concentration and Natural Resources Management Concentration students or students planning to take organic chemistry must take CH 1010 and CH 1020 and must satisfy the General Education Science and Technology in Society Requirement through another course.
2 See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement. Three of these credit hours must satisfy the General Education Science and Technology in Society requirement, if not satisfied by another course. (Note: Social Science Requirement must be in an area other than economics or agribusiness.)
3 GEOG 1010 or PHYS 2400
4 AGM 3010 , BIOL 3020 /BIOL 3060 , BIOL 3030 /BIOL 3070 , BIOL 3040 /BIOL 3080 , BIOL 3200 , BIOL 4060 /BIOL 4070 , BIOL 4100 /BIOL 4110 , BIOL 4170 , BIOL 4420 , BIOL 4640 , BIOL 4680 , BIOL 4860 , ENT 3010 , BIOL 4690 , FOR 2510 , FOR 4060 , GEOL 1120 , GEOL 1140 , GEOL 2100 , GEOL 4030 , MICR 4030 , WFB 3000 , WFB 4180 WFB 4400 , WFB 4620 , WFB 4720 ,WFB 4760 or WFB 4770 . At least four of the courses must be laboratories or courses with a required laboratory component.
5 BIOL 4410 , BIOL 4420 , BIOL 4430 , BIOL 4460 , BIOL 4700 or FNR 4660
6 AGRB 3570 , AGRB 4750 or FOR 3040
7 AVS 3010 , AVS 4800 , BIOL 4010 /BIOL 4020 , BIOL 4580 or BIOL 4750
8 ENR 4290 , FOR 4160 or WFB 4300
9 Internship (FNR 4900 ); Creative Inquiry (FNR 4700 ); Directed Research (WFB 4630 ); or Senior Honors Thesis (FNR 4910 )