Environmental Science and Sustainability B.S. - Ecosystem Science and Restoration

The Ecosystem Science and Restoration concentration spans the range of ecology from microbial to global scales and includes basic and applied science. Students will focus on learning about how ecosystems work, solving pressing environmental problems, and/or helping to restore degraded ecosystems. In the ESR concentration, students can focus on either aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems and tailor their capstone experience to best fit their interests and career path.

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science and Sustainability; Ecosystem Science and Restoration Concentration

W.A Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 75-80

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Lower-Division Required Courses

20-22

Ecosystem Science and Restoration Concentration Requirements

Lower-Division Required Courses

26-27

Upper-Division Required Courses

21-23

ESR Natural Science Electives

9

Ethics

3

Policy

3

Social Science

3

Advanced Writing Requirement

Total:

75-80

Lower-Division Required Courses

Note: NRSM 110 will not be required if students declare the major with 60+ credits.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following courses:

NRSM 110

First Year Seminar in Environmental Science and Sustainability

1

NRSM 121S

Environmental Science and Sustainability

3

GPHY 111N

and GPHY 112N

or

NRSM 211N

and NRSM 212N

Intro to Physical Geography: Climate, Landforms, and Vegetation and Lab

or

Soils and Water and Lab

3-4

Oral Communication - Complete one of the following courses:

3

COMX 111A

Introduction to Public Speaking

3

or THTR 120A

Introduction to Acting I

Statistics Requirement - Complete one of the following courses:

3-4

FORS 201

Forest Biometrics

or STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

or WILD 240

Intro to Biostatistics

Chemistry - Complete the following course:

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

4

Total Hours

20-22

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Ecosystem Science and Restoration Concentration Requirements

Rule: Complete all of the following subcategories.

Lower-Division Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

3

BIOB 161N

Principles of Living Systems Lab

1

BIOB 260

Cellular & Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics & Evolution

4

CHMY 123

Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

4

NRSM 265

Elements of Ecological Restoration

3

Complete one of the following:

GEO 101N

Introduction to Physical Geology

3-4

and GEO 102N

Introduction to Physical Geology Lab

GEO 103N

Introduction to Environmental Geology

and GEO 104N

Introduction to Environmental Geology Lab

BIOO 105N

Introduction to Botany

Total Hours

26-27

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOE 370

General Ecology

3

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

3 - 5

or BIOO 335

Rocky Mountain Flora

NRSM 344

Ecosystem Science and Restoration Capstone

5

NRSM 385

Watershed Hydrology

3

NRSM 465

Restoration Ecology

3

or BIOE 447

Ecosystem Ecology

NRSM 494

Seminar in Ecosystem Science and Restoration

1

NRSM 495 or 498 or 499

Practicum, Internship, or Senior Thesis

3

Total Hours

21-23

Minimum Required Grade: C-

ESR Natural Science Electives

Note: courses may not count as an elective if taken to satisfy other listed requirements.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete three of the following courses:

9

BIOE 416

Alpine Ecology          

BIOE 447

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

BIOE 448

Terrestrial Plant Ecology

BIOE 451

Landscape Ecology

BIOE 458

Forest and Fire Ecology

BIOO 320

General Botany

BIOO 340

Biology & Management of Fishes         

BIOO 433

Plant Physiology

ERTH 303N

Weather and Climate

FORS 202

Forest Mensuration

FORS 250  

Intro to GIS        

FORS 330

Forest Ecology

FORS 331

Wildland Fuels Management

FORS 333

Fire Ecology

FORS 347

Silviculture

GEO 420

Hydrogeology        

GEO 421

Hydrology 

GEO 346

Earth’s Changing Climate

GEO 460     

Process Geomorphology

GPHY 111N

and GPHY 112N

Intro to Physical Geography: Climate, Landforms, and Vegetation and Lab

GPHY 317

Geomorphology

NRSM 211N

and NRSM 212N

Soils and Water and Lab

NRSM 360

Rangeland Management

NRSM 408        

Global Cycles and Climate  

NRSM 415

Environmental Soil Science   

NRSM 418

Ecosystem Climatology  

NRSM 462   

Range Ecology 

NRSM 465

Restoration Ecology

WILD 470   

Conservation of Wildlife Populations   

WILD 485

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Ecology

Total Hours

9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Ethics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

NRSM 349E

Climate Change Ethics/Policy

or NRSM 389E

Ethics and Sustainability

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Policy

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

NRSM 422

Nat Res Policy/Administration

NRSM 427

Advanced Water Policy

NRSM 428

Climate Policy

WILD 410

Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Social Science

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

NRSM 326

Climate and Society

NRSM 379

Collab in Nat Res Decisions

NRSM 424

Community Forestry & Conservtn

NRSM 475

Environment & Development

PTRM 300

Recreation Behavior

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced Writing Requirement

Code

Title

Hours

Complete three of the following courses:

9

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

BIOE 447

Ecosystem Ecology

FORS 330

Forest Ecology

FORS 341

Timber Harvesting & Roads

FORS 347

Multiple Resource Silviculture

FORS 349

Practice of Silviculture

FORS 440

Forest Stand Management

FORS 499

Senior Thesis

NASX 403

Contmp Tribal Resource Issues

NRSM 326

Climate and Society

NRSM 349E

Climate Change Ethics/Policy

NRSM 379

Collab in Nat Res Decisions

NRSM 389E

Ethics Forestry & Conservation

NRSM 462

Rangeland Ecology

NRSM 465

Foundations of Restoration Ecology

NRSM 475

Environment & Development

NRSM 495

Ecosystem Science and Restoration Practicum

NRSM 499

Senior Thesis

PTRM 300

Recreation Behavior

WILD 410

Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics

Total Hours

9

Minimum Required Grade: C-