Core Requirements

All Resource Conservation students take a common core of courses emphasizing natural and social sciences, oral and written communication, quantitative and spatial skills, and ethics.  Beyond the core requirements, students have the flexibility to specialize within the major by taking additional coursework in areas of interest (see tracks for more information on how to specialize within the major).  The core requirements are listed below.  Please note that all Resource Conservation students are required to take additional coursework beyond the core. 

Required Core Curriculum

Oral and Written Communication

  • COMM 111A (Public Speaking) or THTR 120A (Intro to Acting)
  • Three of the following upper division writing courses:  PTRM 300, FORS 330, FORS 341, FORS 342, FORS 347, NRSM 379, NASX 403, WILD 410, BIOE 428, FORS 440, NSRM 444, NRSM 462, NRSM 475, NRSM 489E, NRSM 495, or NRSM 499 (or, one course that has a W, such as LIT 373W, PTRM 451W, or PTRM 482W) (please check for prerequisites)

Quantitative and Spatial Skills

  • Math, one of the following courses: M 115 (Probability and Linear Math), M 121 (Algebra), M 122 (Trigonometry), M 151 (Precalculus), or M 162 (Applied Calculus)
  • Statistics, one of the following courses: STAT 216 (Intro Statistics), SOCI 202 (Social Statistics), or FORS 201 (Biometrics)
  • FORS 250 (Geographic Information Systems) or equivalent, or an additional math course (a math course listed above, but not already taken)

Natural and Social Sciences and Ethics

  • Biology, one of the following courses: BIOB 160N (Living Systems), BIOB 170N (Biological Diversity), BIOO 105N (Botany), or BIOE 172N (Ecology)
  • CHMY 121N (Chemistry)
  • NRSM 210N (Soils, Water, and Climate)
  • Ecology, one of the following: FORS 330 (Forest Ecology) (prerequisites: NRSM 210, biology, and statistics), NRSM 462 (Range Ecology), or BIOE 370 (Ecology) (prerequisites: BIOB 272, STAT 216)
  • Policy, one of the following courses: NRSM 422 (Natural Resource Policy), WILD 410 (Wildlife Policy), NRSM 370S (Wildland Conservation Policy)
  • Social science, one of the following: NRSM 379 (Collaboration in Natural Res Decisions), NRSM 424 (Community Forestry & Conservation), NRSM 426 (Climate &Society), NRSM 475 (Environment & Development), or PTRM 300 (Recreation Behavior) (prereq: PTRM 217)
  • Ethics, one of the following:  NRSM 389E (Ethics, Forestry, and Conservation) or NRSM 449E (Climate Change Ethics and Policy)

Experiential Learning

  • 3.0 credits total of experiential learning.  Field courses, thesis, internships, and practicums count toward this requirement.

Students have to take at least 36 traditional letter-graded credits within the College of Forestry and Conservation (CFC) – all courses with the FORS, NRSM, PTRM, and WILD prefixes will work (if they are taught by faculty within the College of Forestry and Conservation). In addition, CCS 103, CCS 352, and CCS 391 count toward this requirement.  Transfer equivalents may be accepted for required courses at the discretion of the faculty but do not count as traditional letter-graded CFC credits.

In addition to the above requirements, Resource Conservation students are also required to take at least 10 additional credits in their area of emphasis.  Students can choose courses from the following prefixes:  BIOO, BIOE, CHMY, ENSC, FORS, GEOS, M, NRSM, PHSX, and WILD.  Transfer courses can count toward these 10 credits.  Alternatively, students can take two semesters of a foreign language (or otherwise demonstrate foreign language proficiency).

All students must take at least 49 approved credits in the major. 

The following field courses count toward the experiential learning requirement: domestic and international field courses taught by CFC faculty, courses taught by Northwest Connections, and other field experiences approved by the Resource Conservation Program Director.

Resource Conservation students must complete 400 hours of work related to natural resources/conservation prior to graduation.  Paid employment, internships, and volunteer work all count.  

Students double majoring in Resource Conservation and Ecological Restoration, Forestry, Wildlife Biology, or Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management must take an additional 9.0 credits in FORS, NRSM, PTRM, and WILD in addition to courses required by either of their majors.  These additional 9.0 credits will be relevant to the student’s track/emphasis within the Resource Conservation major.