Renewable Natural Resources - BS
Professional Fields of Study and Department Heads
Ecosystem Science and Management, Kathleen Kavanagh, Head
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Gary D. Ellis, Head
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, John B. Carey, Interim Head
Three departments offer degrees in specific areas of natural resources management and conservation. Students may select one of these degree programs or a broad approach to natural resource education by pursuing the multi-department degree in Renewable Natural Resources.
Renewable Natural Resources
Renewable Natural Resources (RENR) is for students desiring a rigorous education in the study and management of sustainable ecosystems for a wide variety of resource values. The RENR program of study is comprised of a core of courses and two emphases. The goal of this core/emphasis structure is to provide students with an identity as a renewable natural resources specialist, while, at the same time, affording the flexibility for preparation for a variety of career tracks. One emphasis focuses on management and the other on policy. Technical electives prepare the students in chosen educational and career directions. The underlying goal of the RENR degree is to integrate the scientific issues of renewable natural resources. Graduates of this program will be able to articulate these issues verbally and in writing in their chosen career. Therefore, the RENR degree emphasizes verbal presentations and major papers as well as field-oriented activities.
The RENR programs are designed to help students prepare for careers in public and private organizations associated with the planning and use of natural resources and the environment. Possible employment includes areas such as multi-use land management, environmental assessment, resource inventory, natural resource planning, law, policy analysis and land remediation.
An emphasis may be selected in policy or management. The RENR degree consists of 120 credit hours: 42 university core, 42-45 common to both emphasis areas and 24-27 designated by the emphasis area and 9 free elective hours.
RENR Areas of Emphasis
The BS in Renewable Natural Resources includes two emphasis areas for students to select. The directed electives available from advisors are what differentiates the emphases.
Designed for an education in the scientific management of integrated natural resources. In today’s world, it is important to have college graduates prepared to deal with integrated systems, accounting for all of the separate aspects of the system. The management emphasis seeks to prepare the student to integrate concerns related to land, water, air, plants and wildlife into the management process. Students select 24 credit hours of directed electives from an approved list in consultation with their advisor. The remaining 9 credit hours are free electives.
Designed for students desiring an education in natural resources policy. This emphasis incorporates knowledge from all renewable natural resources disciplines, which provides a foundation for decision-making related to the environment. Students will obtain an understanding of the behavior of institutions and organizations associated with natural resource management.
Professionals associated with natural resources need to consider legislative mandates, community interests, resource evaluation and competing uses, and conflict management techniques. This emphasis prepares the student for work in private industry, public and non-profit agencies, and graduate school. Students must select 24 hours of restricted electives from an approved list in consultation with their advisor. The remaining nine hours are free electives.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|Renwable Natural Resources Core Courses|
|ESSM 301||Wildland Watershed Management||3|
|ESSM 313||Vegetation Sampling Methods and Designs in Ecosystems||3|
|ESSM 318||Coupled Social and Ecological Systems||3|
|ESSM 351||Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management||3|
|RENR 205||Fundamentals of Ecology||3|
|RENR 375||Conservation of Natural Resources||3|
|RENR 410||Ecosystem Management||4|
|Introduction to Natural Resources|
|Select one of the following:||1|
|Introduction to Natural Resources and Ecosystem Management|
|Exploring Ecosystem Science and Management|
|Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries|
|Plant or Animal Taxonomy|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Forest Trees of North America|
|Wildland Plants of North America|
|Rangeland Plant Taxonomy|
|Natural History of the Vertebrates|
|Natural History of the Invertebrates|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Environmental and Natural Resource Economics|
|Natural Resources Policy|
|Environmental Impact Assessment|
|Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration|
|ESSM 320||Ecosystem Restoration and Management||3|
|or WFSC 418||or Ecology of the Coastal Zone|
|Select two of the following:||6-8|
|Plant Functional Ecology and Adaptation|
|Biogeochemistry and Global Change|
|Ecology of Lakes and Rivers|
|Wetland Ecosystem Management|
|ESSM 481||Senior Seminar||1|
|or WFSC 481||or Seminar|
|Select one of the following: 1||3|
|Directed electives 2||24|
|College, University Requirements|
|AGEC 105||Introduction to Agricultural Economics||3|
|or BIOL 113||or Essentials in Biology|
& CHEM 111
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
|RENR 215||Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory||1|
|American history electives 3||6|
|Communications electives 3||6|
|Creative arts elective 3||3|
|Government/Political science electives 4||6|
|Language, philosophy, and cultural elective 3||3|
|Mathematics electives (MATH prefix preferred)||6|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Students will complete an internship, study abroad or independent research experience.
To be selected from an approved list in consultation with an advisor.
The graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. See academic advisor.