Natural Resources, BS Curriculum

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Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
Academic Affairs

 

Managing natural resources is increasingly important, with increasing human populations and limited natural resources and habitats. Natural resource managers help balance the needs of people with the ability of ecosystems to sustainably support soil, water, forests, wildlife, fish, and recreational resources.

UMC's bachelor of science (B.S.) in natural resources provides an integrated approach to soil and water conservation, wildlife and fisheries management, forestry, and recreation. This combination enables graduates to work with a variety of resources and people and to build a career tailored to their interests.

Students select one of the following emphases:

Program outcomes: graduates will


Program Delivery

This program is available:


Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Natural Resources Program Requirements - 24 credits
COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
NATR 1233 - Introduction to Natural Resources (3.0 cr)
NATR 1244 - Elements of Forestry (4.0 cr)
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI] (4.0 cr)
NATR 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 3900 - Internship (0.5-4.0 cr)
NATR 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 4652 - Seminar (1.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1012 - Introductory Physics [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.

Natural Resources AviationEcological Restoration

Ecological restoration is the processes of repairing ecosystems that have been damaged due to human or natural influences. Courses in this emphasis provide an interdisciplinary background that encompasses restoration and management of terrestrial and wetland ecosystems, invasive species management, conservation biology, ecology, and remediation of severely disturbed lands. The emphasis prepares students for a career as restoration practitioners and land managers with non-profit, private, or governmental agencies and for graduate school in natural resource management.

Program outcomes: graduates will

 

Ecological Restoration Emphasis Requirements - 44 credits
 

ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration (3.0 cr)
NATR 3486 - Conservation Biology (3.0 cr)
NATR 3488 - Invasive Species Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3580 - Advanced Ecological Restoration (3.0 cr)
NATR 3635 - Geographic Information Systems Applications (3.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management (3.0 cr)

 

 

Required Electives
Choose one of the following
Take exactly 1 course(s) from the following:

HORT 3036 - Plant Propagation (4.0 cr)
NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management (2.0 cr)
NATR 3468 - Wildlife Habitat Management Techniques (3.0 cr)
SOIL 3414 - Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (4.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)

 

Electives
Students must take enough electives to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Number needed will depend on how the student selects their liberal education courses to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

 

Natural Resources AviationNatural Resources Aviation

This emphasis leads to careers as natural resource pilots employed by state/federal agencies such as the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and state departments of natural resources.

Program outcomes: graduates will

 

Natural Resources Aviation Emphasis Requirements
AVIA 1103 - Introduction to Aviation (4.0 cr)
AVIA 1104 - Introduction to Aviation Flight Lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 1396 - Conventional Aircraft Operations (1.0 cr)
AVIA 2220 - Basic Attitude Instrument Flying (2.0 cr)
AVIA 2221 - Basic Attitude Instrument Flying Lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 2222 - IFR Regulations and Procedures (2.0 cr)
AVIA 2223 - IFR Regulations and Procedures Flight Lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 3320 - Airplane Aerodynamics (2.0 cr)
AVIA 3321 - Airplane Aerodynamics Flight lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 3324 - Aircraft Systems and Instruments (3.0 cr)
AVIA 3396 - Advanced Conventional Aircraft Operations (1.0 cr)
AVIA 3602 - Natural Resources and Enforcement Applications (2.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3654 - Wildlife Ecology and Management (4.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
or HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture (3.0 cr)
NATR 3464 - Mammalogy (3.0 cr)
or SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
NATR 3466 - Ornithology (3.0 cr)
or SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirement
Will count towards the 40 credits required in liberal education.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.

 

Natural Resources Law EnforcementNatural Resources Law Enforcement

This emphasis provides integrated instruction in natural resources management and law enforcement. General classes in natural resources, wildlife and fisheries management, forestry recreation, and land use planning are combined with criminal justice/law enforcement classes. After completing coursework and training in first aid and traffic law, students may attend a skills session and take the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification examination.

Program outcomes: graduates will

 

 

Natural Resources Law Enforcement Emphasis Requirements
CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2550 - Traffic Law (2.0 cr)
CRJS 2560 - First Responder (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3505 - Judicial Process (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3530 - Criminal Justice Diversity (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3550 - Criminal Investigation (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3575 - Critical Issues in Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4510 - Victimology (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law (4.0 cr)
CRJS 4550 - Criminal Procedure (4.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3654 - Wildlife Ecology and Management (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques (3.0 cr)
or NATR 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
Will count towards the 40 credits required in liberal education.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.

 

Natural Resources ManagementNatural Resources Management

This emphasis provides an integrated approach to land use and the conservation of wildlife, fish, forest, and recreation resources. This major is especially appropriate for students seeking a broad understanding of resource management principles and environmental issues. A combination of coursework in natural resources, agriculture, and liberal education prepares students for land management positions in which a balance between environmental, economic, and social concerns is sought.

Program outcomes: graduates will

Natural Resources Management Emphasis Requirements
ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3654 - Wildlife Ecology and Management (4.0 cr)
NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management (2.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
or HORT 1010 - Introduction to Horticulture (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
Will count towards the 40 credits required in liberal education.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Agriculture/Natural Resources Electives
Students must take 9 credits selected in consultation with an adviser.

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.

 

Park ManagementPark Management

This emphasis provides an integrated approach to park and recreation area management. A combination of natural resources, horticulture, and management courses prepare students for park and resource management positions, typically with federal/state/county/city recreation agencies. Flexibility in the choice of major electives allows students to build a customized program that meets their specific career goals.

Program outcomes: graduates will

 

Park Management Emphasis Requirements
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
NATR 3203 - Park and Recreation Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
Will count towards the 40 credits required in liberal education.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Agriculture/Natural Resources Electives
Students must take 15 credits.

 

Horticulture Electives
Students must take 7 credits.

 

Management Electives
Students must take 3 credits.

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.

 

Water Resource ManagementWater Resource Management

Courses in natural resources along with agriculture, geology, soils, fisheries management, water quality, and land use planning provide a background focused on water resources. Watersheds are studied by land cover and mapping technologies in relationship to field monitoring of lakes and streams.

Program outcomes: graduates will

 

Water Resource Management Emphasis Requirements
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3722 - Limnology (3.0 cr)
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
NATR 1663 - Principles of Fisheries Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3376 - Wetland and Riparian Ecology and Management (3.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
Will count towards the 40 credits required in liberal education.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.

 

Wildlife ManagementWildlife Management

This emphasis concentrates on wildlife and habitats. The major focuses on land and wetland habitats and their animal associates with some emphasis on fisheries management. Graduates fulfill the educational requirements for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society. Professional relationships and student development are enhanced by a student chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Program outcomes: graduates will

A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.

 

Wildlife Management Emphasis Requirements
AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety (4.0 cr)
ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
NATR 3344 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
NATR 3364 - Plant Taxonomy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3464 - Mammalogy (3.0 cr)
NATR 3466 - Ornithology (3.0 cr)
NATR 3468 - Wildlife Habitat Management Techniques (3.0 cr)
NATR 3654 - Wildlife Ecology and Management (4.0 cr)
NATR 3660 - Prairie Ecosystem Management (2.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
Will count towards the 40 credits required in liberal education.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.