BS Forestry and Natural Resources

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Program Learning Objectives

  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Communication, teamwork and leadership
  • Technical knowledge
  • Quantitative skills and information management
  • Ethics and sustainability principles
  • Engage in lifelong learning

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, student must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
NR 140Careers in Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences1
NR 141Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management3
NR 208Dendrology4
NR 215Land and Resource Measurements2
NR/LA 218Applications in GIS3
NR 260Forest Practices and Environmental Protection4
NR 306Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management4
NR 307Fire Ecology3
NR 315Measurements and Sampling in Forested Environments4
NR 320Watershed Management and Restoration4
NR 326Natural Resources Economics and Valuation4
NR 335Conflict Management in Natural Resources4
NR 365Silviculture and Vegetation Management4
NR 402Forest Health4
NR 414Sustainable Forest Management4
NR 416Environmental Impact Analysis and Management4
NR 435Natural Resource Policy Analysis4
NR 465Ecosystem Management4
Select one of the following courses to fulfill the senior project requirement:3
Senior Project - Advanced Internship Experience in Environmental Science/Management
Senior Project - Research Experience in Environmental Science
Senior Project - Current Topics in Environmental Science/Management
Senior Project - Independent Study
Concentration, Minor, or Approved Electives (see below)27-28
SUPPORT COURSES
ASCI 329Principles of Range Management 1,24
or ASCI 370 Rangeland Improvements
or BIO 427 Wildlife Management
or PHYS 121 College Physics I
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B4) 34
BRAE/NR 247Forest Surveying2-4
or BRAE 239 Engineering Surveying
BRAE 345Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 43
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (B3) 35
MATH 161Calculus for the Life Sciences I (B1) 54
or MATH 221 Calculus for Business and Economics
SS 121Introductory Soil Science4
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 34
or STAT 218 Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
BOT 313Taxonomy of Vascular Plants 6, 74-5
or CHEM 312 Survey of Organic Chemistry
or PHYS 122 College Physics II
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)56
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives0
Total units184-188
1

PHYS 121 is recommended for students in the Watershed Management and Hydrology concentration.

2

Students in the Wildlife Biology concentration need to take ASCI 329 or BIO 427 to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration.

3

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

4

Students in the Wildlife Biology concentration may substitute BIO 162.

5

Students in the Watershed Management and Hydrology concentration need to take MATH 161 to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration.

6

Students in the Wildlife Biology concentration need to take BOT 313 to meet prerequisites for courses in the concentration.

7

PHYS 122 is recommended for students in the Watershed Management and Hydrology concentration. 

Concentrations

Minor

With signature of advisor, any course used in a declared academic minor, not used to meet major or support requirements in the BS Forestry and Natural Resources program.  Additional units of Approved Electives (see below) may be needed to meet the minimum requirement of 27 units.  Note if a course is taken to meet a requirement in the minor, the same course cannot be double-counted as an approved elective.

Approved Electives Guide

Approved electives have been categorized by career area to guide students in their selections. Advisor approval of electives or any specific Career Elective Area (CEA) is not required, but consultation with an advisor is recommended because selection may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

Courses used to meet a degree requirement cannot double count as an elective.

Approved Career Elective Areas
Select Career Elective Area (CEA) of choice:27
Climate Change Science
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Anthropology and Geography Minor. Refer to advising materials for the minor.
Cultural Anthropology
World Prehistory
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Biological Anthropology
Energy for a Sustainable Society
Physical Geography
Climate and Humanity
Global and Regional Climatology
Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Geography of Resource Utilization
Global Geography
Applications in Remote Sensing
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Applied GIS
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Introduction to Meteorology
Environmental Mitigation Strategies
Courses in this CEA may count towards the City and Regional Planning, Land Rehabilitation and Restoration Ecology, Environmental Studies, or Sustainable Environments minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minors.
Wildlife Management
Environmental Quality Control
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Wetlands
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Vertebrate Field Zoology
Any upper division BIO, CRP, ERSC, LA, NR, SS, or ZOO course
Environmental Policy and Management
Introduction to Urban Planning
Land Use Law
Microeconomics
Environmental Economics
Environmental Quality Control
Rocks and Minerals
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Environmental Ethics
American and California Government
Judicial Process
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights in America
Civil Liberties
Soil Morphology
Soil Resource Inventory
Environmental Soil Science
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Environmental Soil Science minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minor.
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science III
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Soil Erosion and Water Conservation
Rocks and Minerals
Geomorphology
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition
Soil Morphology
Soil Plant Relationships
Soil, Compost, and Water Testing Enterprise
Wetlands
Soil Ecology
Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry
Soil Resource Inventory
Environmental Soil Physics
Forest and Range Soils
Soil Vadose Zone and Groundwater Processes
Soil Judging
Tropical Soils
Forest and Environmental Practices
Restoration Horticulture
Weed Biology and Management
Vertebrate Pest Management
Arboriculture
Holistic Management
Land Economics
Plant Physiology
Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics
CAD for Agricultural Engineering
Irrigation Water Management
Introduction to Urban Planning
Introduction to Environmental Planning
Land Use Law
Rocks and Minerals
News Reporting and Writing
Agricultural Communications
Environmental Microbiology
Wildland Fire Control
Fire and Society
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Wildland Fire Management
Urban Forestry
Ethnicity and the Land
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Applied GIS
Advanced Watershed Hydrology
Wetlands
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses
Community Forestry
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition
Soil Morphology
Land Use Planning
Soil Resource Inventory
Forest and Range Soils
Any upper division BIO, BOT, CHEM, COMS, JOUR, MCRO, or ZOO course
Geology
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Geology minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minor.
Rocks and Minerals
Geomorphology
Physical Geology
Geologic Excursions
Physical Geology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Seismology
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Principles of Stratigraphy
Field-Geology Methods
Geologic Mapping
Structural Geology
Applied Geophysics
Calculus II
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
College Physics II
General Physics II
Geospatial Technology
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Geographic Information Systems minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minor.
Precision Farming
Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics
CAD for Agricultural Engineering
Engineering Surveying
Aerial Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Advanced Surveying with GIS Applications
Design Principles in Civil Engineering
Computer Aided Drafting in Civil Engineering
Introduction to Environmental Planning
Fundamentals of Computer Science for Scientists and Engineers I
Rocks and Minerals
Physical Geography
Applications in Remote Sensing
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Applied GIS
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Soil Morphology
Soil Resource Inventory
Sustainable Agriculture
Courses in this CEA may count towards the Sustainable Agriculture minor. For further information, refer to advising materials for the minor.
Organic Enterprise
Environmental Horticulture
Precision Farming
California Fruit Growing
Introduction to Vegetable Science
Agricultural Entomology
Organic Agriculture
Weed Biology and Management
Plant Pathology
Native Plants for California Landscapes
Insect Pest Management
Biological Control for Pest Management
Cropping Systems
Internship in Agriculture
The Global Environment
Holistic Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Personnel Management
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Agricultural Machinery Safety
Agricultural Power and Machinery Management
Irrigation Water Management
Geography of Resource Utilization
Sustainable Environments
Soil Erosion and Water Conservation
Environmental Management
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems
Wildland Fire Management
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition
Soil Plant Relationships
World Food Systems
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development
Basic Viticulture
Advanced Viticulture - Fall
Advanced Viticulture - Winter
Advanced Viticulture - Spring
Urban Forestry
Environmental Horticulture
Abiotic Plant Problems
Native Plants for California Landscapes
Arboriculture
Introduction to Urban Planning
Wildland Fire Control
Environmental Measurements and Interpretation
Internship in Forest and Natural Resources
Internship in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences
Wildland Fire Management
Urban Forestry
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates
Environmental Law
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy
Applied GIS
Wood Properties, Products and Sustainable Uses
Community Forestry
Wildland-Urban Fire Protection
Sustainable Forest and Environmental Practices
Land Use Planning
Total units27

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (no NR course, except ES/NR 360)4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no NR course, except ES/NR 308)4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective4
Total units56
1

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.