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Curriculum in Natural Resources Management


Admission requirements for the Natural Resources Management Bachelor of Science Degree (NATR) are the same as those for entering Auburn University.

The Natural Resources Management degree program was approved in 2011 as a flexible major that includes core natural resource management courses plus a required minor, concentrating coursework on one of many diverse outdoor careers. Examples of minors that can be embedded in the degree include History, Political Science, Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, Marketing, International Business, or Sustainability. Others may be found at http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/undergrad_studies/minors/index.htm on the Auburn Website. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students and employers who are interested in the extensive variety of positions within the natural resources community outside of traditional careers within forestry and wildlife sciences. Employers and positions include, but are not restricted to, Park Service Manager, Ecotourism Entrepreneur, Reclamation and Development Manager, Wetlands Manager, or Sustainability Officer. The degree may also be followed by pursuit of additional degrees such as obtaining a law degree to practice law for non-governmental organizations or advanced degrees for teaching and/or research.

Students in Natural Resources Management must select a faculty advisor to help with the many choices within the major, including selection of the embedded minor. Any minor may be considered, but the student will need to be able to explain how the minor supports a particular field within natural resources management. Students must also demonstrate the existence of sufficient employment options with the chosen electives by identifying and contacting future employers. It is strongly recommended that any student who enrolls in Natural Resources Management be proactive in promoting themselves and the degree, as there is no single certifying body for the broad range of careers.

To remain enrolled in Natural Resources Management a student must make timely progress toward completion of the degree and maintain minimum GPA standards established by Auburn University.

BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology
   & BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory
4BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
   & BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory
FOWS 1010 Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources1ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Fine Arts3Social Science3
History3History or Social Science23
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3FOWS 2020 Natural Resources Sampling Techniques13
 14 16
BIOL 3060 Ecology14CHEM 1020 Survey of Chemistry II3
CHEM 1010 Survey of Chemistry I3Restricted Soils Elective13
CHEM 1011 Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory1CHEM 1021 Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory1
FOWS 2010 Environmental Interpretation3ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
Approved Humanities Choice3MATH 1610 Calculus I4
 14 14
Restricted Statistics Elective3FORY 5480 GIS Database Design and Analysis12
Restricted Management Elective13WILD 4400 Problem Solving in Wildlife Sciences12
FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources12Humanities or Literature23
Minor3FOWS 5880 Ecological Economics3
Electives2Minor or Electives3
 16 16
Minor 6FOWS 5320 Environmental Services13
FORY 5310 Environmental Ethics13Minor3
Electives6FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy13
 Restricted Landscape Elective13
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

These courses are part of the NATR major and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better


 Students must complete either a history or literature sequence.

Click here for restricted elective: http://wp.auburn.edu/sfws/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2016-NATR.pdf