Natural Resources

Course descriptions

This major, offered by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, prepares students for careers related to the management of natural resources. Students develop skills in applying modern technology, concepts and principles dealing with sustainable development, environmental protection and resource conservation. In addition to core requirements, all students must complete one or more of the following concentrations: Environmental Sustainability and Conservation (including the option for a pre-approved Education Abroad experience), Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Resources, or Water Resources and Climate. (For detailed information, please refer to

Competency Requirements

Students successfully completing the courses listed below will have met their General Education information literacy exit requirements for this major. Students passing NRE 4000W will satisfy the writing competency requirement within the major.

All Natural Resources majors must pass the following core requirements:

At least one course in the 36-credit group must come from a department other than NRE.


Environmental Sustainability and Conservation

All of the following: ARE 1150 or ECON 1201; NRE 1235, 2600E, 3245E, or ARE 3434E.

One course from each of the following four groups (the same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one group) or Education Abroad (12 credits or equivalent completed abroad of courses pre-approved by NRE):

Sustainability Concepts: ANTH 3339; ENVE 1000E; NRE 3265, 3675SOCI 2701, 3407/W; SPSS 2100.

Economics and Social Science: ANTH 3339; ARE 2235, 4438E, 4444; ECON 2467, 3466E; GEOG 3320W, 3340, 3410; PHIL 3216; POLS 3239, 3412, 3847; SOCI 2701, 3407/W.

Natural Resources/Ecologic Science: EEB 2244/W, 3247; EEB 3230/MARN 3014; MARN 3000E; NRE 2455, 3105, 3125, 3145, 3146, 4205, 4370; SPSS 2500.

Resource Conservation and Management: NRE 3155, 3305, 3335, 4165, 4170, 4335, 4475, 4665.

Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation

All of the following: EEB 2214, 2244/W; NRE 2345, 3335 or 4335, 3345/W or 3385W or 4575, 4370.

One course from each of the following two groups (the same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one group).

Taxonomy or organismal-level group: ANSC 1111, 3121; EEB 3254, 3265, 4200, 4215, 4250, 4260 or 4261; NRE 3693 (approved by advisor), 4340; PSYC/EEB 3201; PATH 2100, 4300.

Habitat or ecosystem-level group: EEB 3247; NRE 2455, 3105, 3693 (approved by advisor), 4205.

Forest Resources

All of the following: NRE 2415, 2455, 3125, 3500, 4475.

One of the following: NRE 3535, 4544, 4575.

One of the following: NRE 3425, 4425.

Two of the following: NRE 2345, 3105, 3245E, 3265, 3690, 3693.

Water Resources and Climate

All of the following: NRE 2215E, 3125, 3145 or 3146.

Five additional courses from among the following groups, including at least one from the Hydrologic Science group and at least one from the Biological/Ecological Science group (whichever of NRE 3145 or 3146 is used to fulfill the above requirement cannot be used to also fulfill this requirement):

Hydrologic Science: ENVE 3120; GEOG 3310; GSCI 3020; MARN 3000E; NRE 3155, 4135, 4165, 5115.

Biological/Ecological Science: EEB 3204, 3247; NRE 3105, 4205, 4340.

Atmospheric Science: GEOG 3400; NRE 3115, 3145, 3146, 4170.

Policy: ARE 3434E; NRE 3245E.

Related Skills: AH 3275; NRE 3535, 4544, 4575.

A minor in Wildlife Conservation is described in the Minors section.

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