Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management
Requirements for the Natural Resources Management degree includes general education courses, a core of natural resources management courses, and courses specific to one of five options. Coursework during the freshman and sophomore years consists of courses common to all options, and allows students to explore and refine their interests. The junior and senior years include both core and option specific coursework. All options provide an educational foundation that serves students who plan to enter the workforce directly, or those who plan to continue their education at the graduate level.
Forestry Option [PDF]
The Forestry Option prepares students for a broad range of career opportunities involving the management, utilization or study of forest resources. The management and protection of forests for a variety of products and services on a sustained basis require professional foresters who understand the complex ecological, economic and social issues facing natural resource management. Graduates are equipped to enter the workforce and are prepared to sit for the Arkansas registered foresters exam. Employment opportunities include private industry and consulting, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.
The Wildlife Management and Conservation Option is designed to provide students a broad scientific background for management and perpetuation of wildlife resources. Studies emphasize understanding wildlife populations, ecology, habitat, and the application of biological, social, and economic knowledge to wildlife management and conservation issues. Students are prepared for work in state or federal agencies, non-profit conservation groups, private consulting, or graduate studies.
The Geospatial Science Option prepares students to meet the growing demand for a geo-technology workforce. The program incorporates Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing technology, and computer programming in the context of natural resources management. These transformative technologies have enhanced our ability to integrate spatial information for managing and conserving natural resources. Graduates have a wide variety of options for employment in the private or public sectors, using their skills to address spatial approaches to resource management, policy analysis, logistics, and planning.
The Communications in Natural Resources Option develops expertise in communicating with and educating people in order to enhance enjoyment and understanding of natural resources and facilitate informed participation in decision-making processes. The curriculum emphasizes course work in both natural resource management and communication theory and techniques. This option allows students to pursue employment with public, private, and nonprofit organizations that work to increase awareness of natural resources and provide information for making wise decisions concerning natural resources management.
The Environmental Science Option provides students with both the breadth and depth of knowledge to understand and address complex environmental issues. The curriculum combines a natural resources-based core with hands-on experience needed to identify, analyze, and solve environmental problems. Students have the flexibility to choose from selected courses to focus on particular interests or topics. Graduates are well prepared for a wide variety of environmental careers with government agencies, non-profit organizations, or the private sector.
The Land Surveying degree prepares students for gathering and analyzing information about features of the earth in order establish locations of property lines and corners, ensure accuracy of construction projects, and produce maps used by natural resource managers, engineers, architects, and numerous other professionals. The curriculum includes course work in traditional surveying practices, digital mapping and global positioning systems, and remote sensing. Graduates are equipped to enter the workforce and are prepared to sit for survey licensure exams.
The two-year Forest Technology degree prepares students to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources. The curriculum includes instruction in aspects of forest measurements and management that are required for employment in forest industry.
The two-year Land Surveying Technology degree provides students basic surveying skills for directly entering the workforce. The curriculum includes courses in traditional surveying practices that are needed for a successful career as a survey technician.