Natural Resources: Soil and Water Resource Management M.S.

Natural Resources: Soil and Water Resource Management
Natural Resources: Soil and Water Resource Management M.S.

Program Overview


Areas of interest include the ecology, microbiology and biogeochemistry of soils, groundwaters, and surface waters, with an emphasis on how the different components of an ecosystem interact to produce system-level responses to management, global change, and other perturbations. Understanding controls on carbon storage, nutrient transformations, and greenhouse gas emissions is central to much of the research conducted by students in this option.  Career trajectories of graduates include private sector environmental consulting, government agencies with a mandate for environmental protection or land management, and research scientist in both the academic and private sectors.


Thomas D. Lee

Graduate Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3791
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm G05, Durham, NH 03824

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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