AUBURN – Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences has added a new degree, a bachelor’s in natural resource management, to its current program. The degree joins the school’s existing degree programs in forestry, wildlife ecology and management, wildlife pre-veterinary medicine and forest engineering.
“The addition of this degree fills the needs of students who wish to pursue an outdoor career outside of our current cornerstone majors in wildlife sciences and forestry,” said Greg Somers, associate dean of education in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. “We are very happy to add this choice to our other majors and thank the faculty, employers, staff and students who worked to make this degree a reality.”
The natural resource management degree is a flexible major with core natural resource management courses plus a required minor, concentrating coursework on one of many diverse outdoor careers.
Somers said the wide choice of minors – including political science, fisheries, business, recreation and hydrology – provides tremendous freedom in directing the major toward a variety of jobs in natural resource management.
Although flexible, the major has required courses in science, math and management. A full year of biology and chemistry is required, with supportive courses such as calculus, ecology and basic soil science. Geographic information system courses and environmental services are also required of each successful graduate of the program.
The new degree has up to 14 hours of free electives to allow students to match coursework to their desired field of study. Students can customize the major with selections from restricted electives in statistics, economics, management and landscape. The restricted electives are designed to ensure that every student has sufficient statistical knowledge, management skills and basic natural resource courses to successfully compete for jobs even in a difficult economy.
Students and employers who are interested in the major should contact Dale Dickens, the school’s director of student services, at (334) 844-1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The curriculum model is available at https://sites.auburn.edu/academic/sfws/newstudents/Pages/UndergraduateMajors.aspx.
(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)