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    Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

    Charles Martin, Director
    118 Seaton Hall

    The natural resources and environmental sciences secondary major prepares students to apply broadly-based scientific knowledge to the use, management, sustainability, and quality of soil, air, water, mineral, biological, and energy resources. The NRES program offers a timely and relevant academic emphasis to broaden the environmental perspective students receive in their primary major.

    Government, corporate, and public concerns about natural resource and environmental issues abound. These concerns translate into career opportunities for individuals with interdisciplinary training on how humanity affects global functions.

    Because natural resource and environmental issues tend to be so extensive and complex, they exceed the scope of any single discipline. Students in the NRES secondary major study environmental issues from a wide base of academic viewpoints. Involvement with students and professors from other disciplines adds skills typically required in environmental careers.

    Enroll by appointment with the director or by electronic form on the webpage

    I. Entry requirements
    Students must successfully complete the following courses to become eligible to pursue the NRES secondary major. One course in the entry or block elective requirements must qualify as a life science course.

    a. Four basic science courses (or their more advanced equivalent)

    MATH 100 College Algebra

    University General Education courseCHM 110 General Chemistry or University General Education courseCHM 210 Chemistry I

    PHYS 113 General Physics or PHYS 115 Descriptive Physics, or University General Education coursePHYS 101 and University General Education coursePHYS 103 The Physical World and lab.

    University General Education courseECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics or University General Education courseECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics or AGEC 120 Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

    b. Two of the following basic NRES courses. These courses must be from different departments and total a minimum of 6 credits.

    AGRON 305 Soils
    University General Education courseAGRON 335 Environmental Quality
    University General Education courseBIOL 198 Principles of Biology
    BIOL 210 General Botany
    BAE 533 Applied Hydrology
    FOR 285 Introduction to Forestry
    University General Education courseFOR 375 Introduction Natural Resource Management
    University General Education courseGEOG 220 Environmental Geography I
    University General Education courseGEOG 440 Geography Natural Resources
    University General Education courseGEOL 100 Earth in Action
    University General Education courseGEOL 105 Oceanography
    University General Education courseGEOL 115 Environmental Geology
    University General Education courseGEOL 125 Natural Disasters

    c. One life science course. This course may be used to meet other requirements.

    II. Block elective requirements
    From the following lists, students must successfully complete a minimum of 5 courses (15 hours minimum) from at least four departments. One course must be taken from each of the designated areas (natural, applied, and social sciences/humanities), two courses must be numbered 500 or greater, and three courses must have a prerequisite. These lists are continuously being revised, See the director for the most recent version.

    Natural science courses
    AGRON 305 Soils
    AGRON 515 Soil Genesis and Classification
    BIOL 433 Wildlife Conservation
    BIOL 529 Fundamentals of Ecology
    BIOL 585 Principles of Conservation Biology
    BIOL 612 Introduction to Limnology
    BIOL 687 Microbial Ecology
    University General Education courseCHM 315 Environmental Science
    ENTOM 250 Insects and People
    ENTOM 312 General Entomology
    ENTOM 313 General Entomology Lab
    ENTOM 680 Aquatic Entomology
    ENTOM 692 Insect Ecology
    University General Education courseGEOG 221 Environmental Geography II
    University General Education courseGEOG 535 Fundamentals of Climatology
    GEOL 305 Earth Resources
    University General Education courseGEOL 399 The Mountain Environment
    University General Education courseGEOL 506 Geology and Environment
    GEOL 515 Geology of National Parks
    GEOL 520 Geomorphology
    University General Education courseGEOL 540 Ice Ages and Environmental Change
    GEOL 711 Water Resource Geochem.
    GEOL 611 Hydrogeology
    University General Education courseLAR 322 Environmental Issues and Ethics

    Applied science and technology courses
    AGRON 330 Weed Science
    University General Education courseAGRON 335 Environmental Quality
    AGRON 375 Soil Fertility
    AGRON 501 Range Management
    AGRON 635 Soil Conservation and Management
    AGRON 645 Soil Microbiology
    AGRON 646 Soil Microbiology
    AGRON 655 Site SpecificAgriculture
    AGRON 746 Physical Properties of Soil
    ATM 558 Soil Erosion/Sed. Pollution
    ATM 653 Water Management and Irrigation Practices
    ATM 661 Water and Waste in the Environment
    BAE 530 Natural Resources Engineering
    BAE 533 Applied Hydrology
    BAE 620 Water and Waste in the Environment
    BAE 651 Air Pollution Engineering
    BAE 690 Non-Point Pollution Engineering
    BAE 705 Irrigation and Drainage
    BAE 761 Natural Treatment Systems
    BIOL 303 Ecology of Environmental Problems
    BIOL 684 Wildlife Management
    BIOL 696 Fisheries Management
    CE 550 Water Resources Engineering
    CE 552 Hydraulic Engineering
    CE 563 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals
    CE 565 Water and Wastewater Engineering
    CE 625 Principles of Geoenvironmental Engineering
    CE 654 Design of Groundwater Flow Systems
    CE 766 Wastewater Engineering/Biological Processes
    CE/BAE/CHE 768 Geoenvironmental Engineering Design
    University General Education courseCHE 650 Hazardous Waste Engineering Seminar
    CHE 715 Biochemical Engineering
    EVET 230 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
    EVET 270 Hazardous Waste Management
    GEOG 705 Remote Sensing of Environment
    GEOL 730 Petroleum Geology
    GEOL 650 Exploration Geophysics
    LAR 420 Natural Systems and Site Analysis
    RRES 575 Management of Water Resources
    RRES 635 Methods of Environmental Interpretation
    RRES 640 Advanced Environmental Interpretation

    Social science/humanities courses
    AGCOM/MC 712 Environmental Communications
    University General Education courseAGEC 525 Natural Resources and Environmental Economics
    University General Education courseECON 527 Environmental Economics
    ENGL 680 Environment in American Literature
    University General Education courseGEOG 440 Geography Natural Resources
    GEOG 718 Geography of Public Lands
    GEOG 720 Geography of Land Use
    GEOG 725 Geography of Water Resources
    GEOG 730 World Agricultural Systems
    GEOG 760 Human Impact on Environment
    GEOG 765 Geography of Natural Hazards
    GEOG 770 Perception of Environment
    University General Education courseHIST 511 Environmental History
    HIST 557 History of American Agriculture
    HIST 563 Global Environmental History
    LAR 646 Landscape Architectural Design Studio V
    LAR 758 Land Resource Information Systems
    LAR 759 Land Resource Evaluation
    PHILO 595 Environmental Ethics
    PLAN 315 Introduction to Planning
    PLAN 731 Solid Waste Planning and Management
    SOCIO 536 Environmental Sociology

    III. Capstone course requirement
    All students must successfully complete the NRES capstone course. This course should be scheduled during the senior year.

    University General Education courseDAS 582/DEN 582/GENAG 582 Natural Resources/Environmental Sciences Project

    University General Education courseUniversity general education credit.

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    dAmerican Ethnic Studies dInternational Studies dNatural Resources and Environmental Sciences
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