Natural Resources M.S.

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Natural Resources M.S.

Program Overview

The Natural Resources master of science program provides advanced, research-based study in the ecology, biogeochemistry, economics, policy, and management of vital natural resources, including water, soil, forests, wildlife, and agricultural crops. Students take an interdisciplinary approach to their research and use the tools of the natural and social sciences, including geospatial methods, to make fundamental and significant contributions toward local, regional, and global sustainability. Students are supported by a productive and internationally recognized faculty, outstanding laboratory facilities, and a diversity of accessible terrestrial, marine, and freshwater field sites.

Career possibilities include environmental and social science consulting; sustainability, environmental, and resource management leadership in the public or private sectors; or research in environmentally-oriented federal, state, and private agencies. Graduates may also choose to pursue advanced study at the doctoral level.

Students can later choose to specify one of the five options;

  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Economics
  • Forestry
  • Soil and Water Resource Management
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology


Curriculum & Requirements

Degree Requirements

An M.S. degree is conferred upon successful completion of a program of not less than 30 credits for natural resources options: forestry, environmental conservation, environmental economics, general, soil and water resource management, and wildlife and conservation biology.

Course Requirements or Equivalents

EDUC 904Qualitative Inquiry in Education (Policy oriented)4
NR 903Approach to Research2
And with NR 903, choose one of the following additional research methods classes for a total of 4 credits:2
Grant Writing
Writing and Publishing Science
Scientific Communication
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
NR 993Natural and Environmental Resources Seminar1-2
or NR 947 Current Issues in Ecosystem Ecology
NR 996Natural Resource Education (1 credit )1 - 2
or LSA 900 College Teaching
Select one of the following Quantitative methods courses:3-4
Applied Biostatistics II
Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Experiments
Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics
Econometrics I
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
Statistical Methods for Research
Design of Experiments I
Topics in Probability and Statistics I
Analysis of Ecological Communities and Complex Data
Quantitative Ecology
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
Research Methodology and Statistics I
Research Methods and Statistics III
Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics
Sociological Methods IV: Qualitative and Historical Research Methods
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
Select one of the following:
NR 899Master's Thesis (and a formal presentation of the thesis) 16
NR 998Directed Research (and directed research results) 24

An approved program of study plan is required during the first semester.

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