Resource Conservation B.S.

Laurie Yung, Associate Professor, Resource Conservation Program Director

The challenging and rapidly evolving field of environmental conservation requires broad training and the ability to integrate and communicate across disciplines. Resource Conservation is an interdepartmental undergraduate major that prepares students for the diverse opportunities that now exist in environmental conservation, natural resource management, and sustainable livelihoods and communities. Students can choose a more structured area of study in the natural sciences, such as ecology or hydrology, or emphasize emerging sub-disciplines such as wildland fire management, natural resource economics, or climate and environmental change. Students can also integrate across disciplines and focus on environmental policy and natural resources planning, wilderness studies, sustainable livelihoods and community conservation, or international conservation. Please go to the Resource Conservation website for more information on different curricular tracks within the Resource Conservation major.  In addition to degree requirements listed below, students selecting the Bachelor of Science in Resource Conservation should contact their faculty advisor to approve their curriculum. 

 

Bachelor of Science - Resource Conservation

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 43

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Professional Writing3
Chemistry3
Quantitative and Spatial Analysis9-12
Biology3-4
Communication3
Physical Science3
Ecology3
Policy3
Social Science3
Ethics3
Additional Required Courses46
Writing15
Math3-4
Exception to the Modern/Classical Languages Requirement3-4
Expressive Arts3
Ethical & Human Values3
Natural Sciences in Major6
Total Hours115-121

Professional Writing

Rule: Must take the following course

NRSM 200Nat.Resource Professional Wrtg3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Chemistry

Rule: Must take the following course

CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Quantitative and Spatial Analysis

Rule: Three courses are required

Note: FORS 250 is highly recommended

Select one of the following:3-4
Forest Biometrics
Introduction to Statistics
Social Statistics
Select two of the following:6-8
Intro to GIS for Forest Mgt (highly recommended)
Probability and Linear Mathematics
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Precalculus
Applied Calculus
Total Hours9-12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Biology

Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Living Systems
and Prncpls of Living Systems Lab
Princpls Biological Diversity
Introductory Ecology
Introduction to Botany
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Communication

COMX 111AIntro to Public Speaking3
or THTR 120A Introduction to Acting I
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Physical Science

Rule: Must take the following course

NRSM 210NSoils, Water and Climate3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ecology

Select one of the following:3
General Ecology
Forest Ecology
Rangeland Ecology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Policy

Select one of the following:3
Wildland Conserv Pol/Govrnance
Nat Res Policy/Administration
Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Social Science

Select one of the following:3
Collab in Nat Res Decisions
Community Forestry & Conservtn
Climate and Society
Environment & Development
Recreation Behavior
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ethics

NRSM 449EClimate Change Ethics/Policy3
or NRSM 389E Ethics Forestry & Conservation
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Additional Required Courses

Rule: Must take at least 36 traditional letter-graded credits from the College of Forestry and Conservation (NRSM, WILD, FORS, PTRM, CCS 103X, CCS 352, CCS 391)

Note: 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. 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.

Students double majoring with Resource Conservation and Ecological Restoration, Forestry, Wildlife Biology, and 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 with the major.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Writing

Rule: Must take both lower-division courses (WRIT 101 and NRSM 200) and at least 3 courses at the upper-division level listed below

Note: The following courses count for the entire upper-division writing requirement (only one course is required): PTRM 451, PTRM 482.

Select at least three of the following:9
Freshwater Ecology
Forest Ecology
Timber Harvesting & Roads
Multiple Resource Silviculture
Practice of Silviculture
Forest Stand Management
Senior Thesis
Contmp Tribal Resource Issues
Nat.Resource Professional Wrtg
Collab in Nat Res Decisions
Ethics Forestry & Conservation
Climate and Society
Climate Change Ethics/Policy
Rangeland Ecology
Environment & Development
Ecosystem Science and Restoration Practicum
Senior Thesis
Recreation Behavior
Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics
College Writing I
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math

Select one of the following:3-4
Probability and Linear Mathematics
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Precalculus
Applied Calculus
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Exception to the Modern/Classical Languages Requirement

Rule: The Resource Conservation major has been granted an exception to the Modern/Classical Language Requirement. Must take one of the following courses to will satisfy this requirement. 

Select one of the following:3-4
Forest Biometrics
Social Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Expressive Arts

COMX 111AIntro to Public Speaking3
or THTR 120A Introduction to Acting I
Total Hours3

 Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ethical & Human Values

NRSM 449EClimate Change Ethics/Policy3
or NRSM 389E Ethics Forestry & Conservation
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Natural Sciences in Major

Rule: Must take all courses

CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
NRSM 210NSoils, Water and Climate3
Total Hours6
Minimum Required Grade: C-

Tracks

These are advising tracks only and not official programs as recognized by the University of Montana (UM) or the Montana University System. This information will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Climate & Environmental Change

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: More detailed information about the Climate & Environmental Change track can be found on our website: www.cfc.umt.edu/rc. Students in this track typically complete the Climate Change Minor (www.cfc.umt.edu/ccs). Please talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

CCS 103XIntro Climate Change:Sci & Soc3
CCS 352Climate Field Studies3
CCS 398Clmt Change Internship/SERV2-4
COMX 349Comm Consump & Climate3
ECNS 445Int Env Econ & Clim Change3
FORS 232Forest Insects & Diseases2
FORS 333Fire Ecology3
GPHY 335Water Policy3
NRSM 379Collab in Nat Res Decisions3
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 408Global Cycles and Climate3
NRSM 415Environmental Soil Science3
NRSM 418Ecosystem Climatology3
NRSM 426Climate and Society3
NRSM 449EClimate Change Ethics/Policy3
PSCI 324Climate Policies: China & U.S.3
Total Hours46-48

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Suggested courses for Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystems. Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
BIOB 480Conservation Genetics3
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOE 449Plant Biogeography3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 335Rocky Mountain Flora3
BIOO 433Plant Physiology3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
FORS 240Tree Biology2
FORS 241NDendrology3
FORS 330Forest Ecology3
FORS 347Multiple Resource Silviculture3
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
M 162Applied Calculus4
NRSM 265Elements of Ecological Restora3
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 408Global Cycles and Climate3
NRSM 415Environmental Soil Science3
NRSM 418Ecosystem Climatology3
NRSM 455Riparian Ecology & Management3
NRSM 462Rangeland Ecology3
PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
WILD 275Wildlife Conservation2
Total Hours88

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Environmental Policy & Resources Planning

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Suggested courses in Environmental Policy and Resources Planning. Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
ECNS 202SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
ECNS 433Economics of the Environment3
ENST 367Environmental Politics & Policies3
ENST 382Environmental Law3
FORS 320Forest Environmental Economics3
GPHY 335Water Policy3
GPHY 465Planning Principles & Processes3
GPHY 466Environmental Planning3
NRSM 121SNature of Montana3
NRSM 379Collab in Nat Res Decisions3
NRSM 389EEthics Forestry & Conservation3
NRSM 422Nat Res Policy/Administration3
NRSM 424Community Forestry & Conservtn3
NRSM 425Nat Res & Envir Economics3
NRSM 449EClimate Change Ethics/Policy3
PSCI 210SIntro to American Government3
PSCI 332Global Environmental Pol.3
PSCI 361Public Administration3
PSCI 461Administrative Law3
WILD 275Wildlife Conservation2
WILD 410Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics3
Total Hours65

Minimum Required Grade: C-


International Conservation

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Students in this track typically complete the International Development Studies Minor (www.cas.umt.edu/IDS). More detailed information about the International Conservation track can be found on our website: www.cfc.umt.edu/rc. Please talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

ENST 225Community & Environment3
ENST 396Supervised Internship (PEAS)10
ENST 480Food, Agriculture, Environment3
ENST 487Globalization, Justice & Environment3
ENST 493Study Abroad: Environmental Justice Latin America3
GPHY 432Human Role Environmental Change3
GPHY 434Food and Famine3
NRSM 170International Envir. Change3
NRSM 379Collab in Nat Res Decisions3
NRSM 424Community Forestry & Conservtn3
NRSM 475Environment & Development3
PTRM 345XSustaining Human Soc & Nat Env3-6
PTRM 353Tourism, Livelihoods and Sustainability in Mountains3
PTRM 451Tourism & Sustainability3
WILD 460Internat Wildlife Cons Issues2
Total Hours51-54

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Natural Resource Economics

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Suggested courses in Natural Resource Economics. Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

ANTY 326EIndigenous Peoples & the Ethics of Development3
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
ECNS 202SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
ECNS 217XIssues in Economic Development3
ECNS 301Intermediate Micro with Calc3
ECNS 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECNS 403Introduction to Econometrics4
ECNS 433Economics of the Environment3
ECNS 445Int Env Econ & Clim Change3
ENST 230HNature and Society3
ENST 480Food, Agriculture, Environment3
FORS 320Forest Environmental Economics3
FORS 436Project Appraisal3
GPHY 323SEconomic Geography of Rural Areas3
M 162Applied Calculus4
NRSM 121SNature of Montana3
NRSM 379Collab in Nat Res Decisions3
NRSM 389EEthics Forestry & Conservation3
NRSM 424Community Forestry & Conservtn3
NRSM 425Nat Res & Envir Economics3
SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 470Environmental Sociology3
SOCI 471Gender and Global Development3
WILD 275Wildlife Conservation2
Total Hours73

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Range Management & Grassland Ecology

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Suggested courses in Range Management & Grassland Ecology. Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 447Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology3
BIOE 458Forest and Grassland Ecol3
BIOO 105NIntroduction to Botany3
BIOO 335Rocky Mountain Flora3
BIOO 433Plant Physiology3
ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
FORS 230Fire Management & Environmental Change3
FORS 250Intro to GIS for Forest Mgt3
FORS 333Fire Ecology3
GPHY 335Water Policy3
NRSM 121SNature of Montana3
NRSM 265Elements of Ecological Restora3
NRSM 360Rangeland Mgt (equiv 260)3
NRSM 379Collab in Nat Res Decisions3
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 462Rangeland Ecology3
WILD 275Wildlife Conservation2

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Conservation

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Suggested courses in Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Conservation. Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

COMX 347Rhetoric Nature & Environmtlsm3
ECNS 433Economics of the Environment3
ENST 225Community & Environment3
ENST 480Food, Agriculture, Environment3
ENST 489SEnvironmental Justice Issues & Solutions3
GPHY 323SEconomic Geography of Rural Areas3
GPHY 432Human Role Environmental Change3
GPHY 468Community & Regional Analysis3
NRSM 170International Envir. Change3
NRSM 379Collab in Nat Res Decisions3
NRSM 424Community Forestry & Conservtn3
NRSM 475Environment & Development3
PHL 422Environmental Philosophy3
PTRM 451Tourism & Sustainability3
SOCI 220SRace, Gender & Class3
SOCI 270Intro Development Sociology3
SOCI 350The Community3
SOCI 443Sociology of Poverty3
SOCI 470Environmental Sociology3
SOCI 471Gender and Global Development3
Total Hours60

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Water Resources

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Suggested courses in Water Resources. Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with you faculty advisor about which courses to take in this track.

BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
GEO 420Hydrogeology4
GEO 421Hydrology3
GEO 460Process Geomorphology4
GPHY 335Water Policy3
M 172Calculus II4
M 171Calculus I4
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 415Environmental Soil Science3
PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 207NCollege Physics II4
PHSX 208NCollege Physics II Laboratory1
Total Hours47

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Wilderness Studies

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: To complete this track students must enroll in the Wilderness and Civilization Program. For information and an application see www.cfc.umt.edu/wc. Please talk to a faculty advisor about additional coursework in this track.

ARTZ 394ASeminar- Environmental Drawing3
LIT 280LEcology of Literature3
MUSI 304ASound in the Natural World3
NASX 303EEcol Persp in Nat Amer Trad3
NRSM 271NConservation Ecology3
NRSM 273Wilderness/Civ Field Stds1-3
NRSM 370SWildland Conserv Pol/Govrnance3
NRSM 371Wilderness Issues Lect Series1
NRSM 373Wilderness and Civilization3
NRSM 398Internship1-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Wildland Fire Managment

Rule: Can take these track courses

Note: Student in this track typically complete the Wildland Fire Sciences & Management Minor (www.cfc.umt.edu/FireSciences). Please see more detailed description of this track online and talk with your faculty advisor about which courses to take.

ECNS 201SPrinciples of Microeconomics3
ERTH 303NWeather and Climate3
FORS 202Forest Mensuration3
FORS 232Forest Insects & Diseases2
FORS 230Fire Management & Environmental Change3
FORS 241NDendrology3
FORS 320Forest Environmental Economics3
FORS 331Wildland Fuel Management3
FORS 333Fire Ecology3
FORS 341Timber Harvesting & Roads3
FORS 347Multiple Resource Silviculture3
FORS 351Env Remote Sensing3
FORS 481Forest Planning3
FORS 495Wildland RxFire Practicum3
FORS 533Use Fire Wldland Mgmt3
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
NRSM 265Elements of Ecological Restora3
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
NRSM 422Nat Res Policy/Administration3
PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
Total Hours61

Minimum Required Grade: C-