The natural resource management minor has been developed for students interested in the guiding principles of land stewardship and economic sustainability. Students can develop an appreciation for the ecological diversity of Alabama and gain an understanding of the historical importance of natural resources in the economic development of Alabama. Courses in the minor will address the impact of changes in life styles and the economic base of the state as well as the implications for land management.

Admission into the Minor

Students are expected to meet with Dr. Carl Williams (carl.williams@ua.edu), NRM Coordinator, before formally declaring a minor by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

The minor in natural resource management includes tracks for students who major in biological sciences and for those who are pursuing other majors outside of biological sciences. 

Biology Majors

The Natural Resources Management minor for biology majors requires the successful completion of the following 18 semester hours:  

More InformationHours
Required Foundational Course
BSC 340Principles of Natural Resources Conservation3
Specialty Courses
Select two of the following:6
Field Zoology
Dendrology
Wetland Ecology
Biology Of Fishes
General Entomology
Plant Ecology
Special Topics (Forestry)
Special Topics (Wildlife Management)
Soil Science
Forest Ecology Veg Analy
Eastern Forest Communities and Silvics
Birds and Birding
Special Topics (Everyday Wildlife in Alabama)
Special Topics (Everyday Forestry in Alabama)
Policy, Planning, and Economics
Select two of the following:6
Conservation Biology
Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
Natural Resource Envirmn Plang
Geography Of Alabama
Forest History and Restoration
Environ Decision Making
Environmental Management
Environmental Studies
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Practicum Courses
Select one of the following:3
Undergraduate Research
Special Topics (Biological Sciences Internship)
Environment Science Internship
Forest Measurement & Analysis
Independent Study
Total Hours18

Non-Biology Majors

The Natural Resource Management Minor for Non-Biology Majors requires successful completion of the following 19 semester hours:

NRS for Non-Biology MajorsMore Information

Hours
Required Foundational Courses
BSC 114Principles Of Biology I3
BSC 115Laboratory Biology I1
BSC 116Principles Biology II3
BSC 117Biology II Laboratory1
BSC 340 or Principles of Natural Resources Conservation3
GY 339 Natural Resource Envirmn Plang
Specialty Courses
Select one of the following:3
Field Zoology
Dendrology
Soil Science
Forest Ecology Veg Analy
Eastern Forest Communities and Silvics
Birds and Birding
Special Topics (Everyday Wildlife in Alabama)
Special Topics (Everyday Forestry in Alabama)
Policy, Planning, and Economics
Select at least one of the following:3
Natural Resource Envirmn Plang (If not taken as foundational course above)
Geography Of Alabama
Environ Decision Making
Environmental Management
Environmental Studies
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Practicum Courses
Select at least one of the following:2
Undergraduate Research
Special Topics (Biological Sciences Internship)
Environment Science Internship
Forest Measurement & Analysis
Independent Study (Internship)
Total Hours19

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of six hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional Minor Requirements

Prerequisites for all BSC courses at the 300-level and 400-level must be passed with a grade of at least C-.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.