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 Nature-Based Recreation, Watershed Sciences, Urban Environmental Science, Natural Resource Ecology, International Business, or Sustainability.  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 Arts3History or Social Science23
History3NATR 2020 Natural Resources Field Methods3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3NATR 2050 People and the Environment: An Introduction to Conservation Social Sciences3
 14 16
BIOL 3060 Ecology4Literature or Humanities23
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I3CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II3
NATR 2010 Environmental Interpretation3CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
Literature23MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry3
 14 16
FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources12FORY 5480 GIS Database Design and Analysis12
FORY 3010 Forest Soils13Minor6
FORY 3100 Dendrology13Restricted Management Elective1,33
Social Science3STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences or 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences3
 16 14
Minor 3Minor3
Restricted Management Elective1,33Restricted Management Elective1,33
NATR 5310 Environmental Ethics3NATR 5630 Conservation Planning13
FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy13UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0
Free Elective3NATR 5880 Ecological Economics3
 NATR 5430 Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Natural Resources3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120