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Natural Resources Management

With increasing human pressure and a growing need to balance competing demands, we need new and better ways to manage society’s impacts on the environment. The natural resources management (NRM) program prepares students for careers requiring an understanding of the social, economic, biological, and physical aspects of solving problems associated with the management of natural resources for their highest and best uses for society while maintaining the integrity of life-sustaining ecological systems. 

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The Program

The NRM program is part of the School of Natural Resource Sciences at North Dakota State University. We are a management-oriented, interdisciplinary program that integrates the social, economic, physical, and biological aspects of natural resources. The program draws upon the courses and resources across the various colleges at the University. An undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science, a graduate program leading to a Master of Science, a doctoral program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy, as well as a professional degree program, called a Master of Natural Resources Management are available. 

Through the NRM program, students acquire a broad background in natural resources, as well as in-depth study in one or two emphasis areas of interest. The program exposes students to many disciplines—exactly the interdisciplinary approach society must take if it is to find solutions to complex environmental problems. The undergraduate program curriculum is divided into 90 core credits required of all students, and 38 emphasis credits selected by the individual student from seven areas of interest. 

NRM Core – This group of courses provides each student with a broad foundation in the social, biological and physical/earth sciences. The NRM core also satisfies NDSU’s General Education requirements and includes 40 credits along with 40 core credits, 38 emphasis credits, and 10 credits of free electives. 

NRM Emphasis – During the third and fourth years of the program, students focus on a specific area of interest—an emphasis. The majority of courses are selected from a diverse group of approved electives. NRM offers seven emphasis areas. 

Biotic Resources Science – deals with basic scientific principles that govern the interrelationship between biotic (e.g., plants, animals) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate, soils) in major ecosystems and the use of these principles for environmentally sound management of natural resources and agroecosystems 

Environmental Communication – is designed for environmentally oriented students preparing for careers in communications fields such as journalism, public relations, broadcast media and the internet 

Natural Resources Economics – prepares students for management, administrative, regulatory and policy positions that require a broad understanding of natural resources management and allocation 

Physical/Earth Resources Science – leads to an understanding of the physical and chemical aspects of ecosystems. Topics of study include hydrology, water management and quality, waste management, soil properties, energy resources and land-use management 

Pollution Control – focuses on the principles and practices of managing natural resources for pollution control. Topics include the technical aspects of pollution as they relate to water, air/solids, earth/soils, and the impact of environmental pollution on biotic factors 

Social Sciences – concentrates on human factors (social, anthropological, political) in environmental management and environmental disaster management, while recognizing constraints and opportunities presented by physical and biological factors 

Sustainability and Resiliency – focuses on how to build capacity to deal with change; prepares students through system, strategic, and anticipatory thinking 

The Faculty

The NRM main faculty are part of the School of Natural Resource Sciences and are dedicated to the NRM program. NRM is an inter-college/interdisciplinary program actively engaging faculty from across the University in the coordination of the program classroom teaching and advising. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Summer job opportunities in natural resources management fields are plentiful. Internship programs leading to full-time employment with several federal agencies are available. Natural resources management offers three scholarships each year ranging from $250 to $500 each. Additional scholarships are available through the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Student loan, grant and work-study information is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and One Stop. 

Career Opportunities

Policy makers, elected officials at all levels of government, business leaders, farmers and ranchers are facing ever more complex, multidisciplinary and international problems dealing with natural resources and the environment. NRM graduates are prepared with the skills and knowledge for examining these problems from a holistic ecological perspective and a global social perspective. Federal government employment opportunities include U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Agency for International Development, Peace Corps and more. State government opportunities include departments of natural resources, water management agencies, parks and recreation agencies, agriculture departments, health departments, Public Service Commission, Cooperative Extension Service, state Agricultural Experiment Stations and university and secondary school education. Many positions also are available with local government units. Private sector employment opportunities include mining and forest product companies, consulting firms, water organizations and non-profit conservation and environmental organizations. 

Natural Resources Management Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize an individual plan of study. 

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 150 & BIOL 150L General Biology I and

4

BIOL 151 & BIOL 151LGeneral Biology II and

3

 General Biology I Laboratory

 

 General Biology II Laboratory

1

NRM 225 Natural Resources & Agrosystems

3

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

NRM 150 Natural Resource Management Orientation

1

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

Gen Ed Wellness

2

MATH Placement course3Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/ Gen Ed Global Perspectives3

 

15

 

15

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I

3

ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics   

3

CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

GEOL 105 Physical Geology

3

NRM 264 Natural Resource Management Systems       

3

SOC 110 or EMGT 101 Introduction to Sociology or Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes

3

SOIL 210 Introduction to Soil Science

3

POLS 115 or 215 American Government or Problems and Policies In American Government

3

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

 

15

 

13

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ECON 481 Natural Resource Economics

3

HIST 434 or 435 Environmental History or
World Environmental History

3

NRM 431 National Environmental Policy Act & Environmental Impact Assessment

3

RNG 452 or GEOG 455 Geographic Information Systems in Range Survey or Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3-4

BIOL 364 General Ecology

3

Emphasis core

9

Select one from EMGT, POLS or SOC

3

 

Gen Ed Upper level Writing

3

 

 

15

 

15-16

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

NRM Emphasis Area

18

NRM 462 Natural Resource and Rangeland Planning

3

 

NRM Emphasis Area

12

 

18

 

15

Total Credits: 120-121


View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Natural Resources Management
NDSU Dept 7510,
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
DEPT PHONE: (701) 231-8180
DEPT WEBSITE: www.ndsu.edu/nrm/

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