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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Agricultural Sciences

Environmental Resource Management

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (E R M)

PROFESSOR ROBERT D. SHANNON, Program Coordinator

Environmental Resource Management (E R M) is an interdisciplinary, science-based major designed to prepare students to understand and critically analyze environmental problems ranging from local to global in scale, identify solutions, and communicate ideas related to environmental and natural resource issues. The E R M major also focuses on human interactions with the environment by emphasizing the management of environmental resources. The E R M curriculum begins with foundation course work in the biological, physical and social sciences. Later courses apply these principles to the management and sustainability of the environment, and include environmental problem-solving, ecosystem management and environmental law. The third tier, offered through three options, affords considerable flexibility and the opportunity to specialize.

The major prepares students for employment in a variety of environmental positions, including environmental consulting, public agencies, and non profit organizations. Students are also prepared for graduate school or law school upon graduation. Realizing the wide range of career possibilities requiring diverse types of academic preparation, three options of study are available: the Environmental Science Option, the Soil Science Option and the Water Science Option.

In the Environmental Science Option, students select a minor or choose a group of courses (totaling at least 18 credits) that focus on a particular aspect of the environment. Examples include watersheds and water resources, climate change impacts, geographic information systems, energy and air pollution, ecology, environmental engineering, wildlife and fisheries science, and others. Courses and minors from across the University can be selected to develop a student's area of specialization in the Environmental Sciences Option.

In the Soil Science Option, students take courses in soil composition and properties, conservation, nutrient management, soil ecology, GIS and mapping. This option also allows the student to choose courses that support their strengths and interests. The option prepares students for positions with private, public, and non-profit firms that evaluate soils for various uses, delineate wetlands, perform environmental assessments, and identify and remediate contaminated soils.

In the Water Science Option, students take courses in hydrologic measurements, wetland conservation, stream restoration, stream and lake ecology, watershed management, and land use practices to control runoff and erosion. The option also prepares students for positions with private, public, and non-profit firms that evaluate water quality and quantity issues, delineate wetlands, perform environmental and hydrological assessments, and identify and remediate contaminated aquatic resources.

For the B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27-30 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: 1-3 credits

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-9 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 93-108 credits
(This includes 27-30 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 47-48 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (33 credits)
CAS 100 GWS(3), ENGL 015 GWS(3), E R M 151(1)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 202(3) (Sem: 1-4)
SOILS 101 GN(3)[1], SOILS 102(1) (Sem: 3-4)
A S M 327(3)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3), E R M 300(3)[1], E R M 411(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14-15 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
AG BM 101 GS(3) or ECON 102 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4); STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 240 GQ(3) or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 46-60 credits

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE OPTION: (58-60 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (26 credits)
AG BM 200(3), BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4), GEOG 160 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CED 201(3), GEOSC 303(3) (Sem: 5-6)
E R M 412(3)[1], E R M 413W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8-10 credits)
MATH 111 GQ(2) or MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 6 credits from E R M 430(3), E R M 431(3), E R M 433(3), E R M 435(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
Select 3 credits in ecology (Sem: 5-6)
Select 18 credits of specialization/minor courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in communications (Sem: 7-8)

SOIL SCIENCE OPTION: (46-47 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
SOILS 403(2), SOILS 412W(3), SOILS 416(4)[1] (Sem:3-6)
SOILS 450(3), SOILS 490(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-17)
BIOL 110 GN(4) or BIOL 127 GN(3) (Sem:1-4)
GEOSC 001(3) or GEOSC 020 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits from AGRO 028(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), FOR 203(3), HORT 101 GN(3), TURF 235(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from E R M 433(3), SOILS 402(3), SOILS 419(3), SOILS 420(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from SOILS 401(3), SOILS 405(3), GEOSC 452(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 18 credits of supporting courses in consultation with adviser. (Sem: 5-8)

WATER SCIENCE OPTION: (58-60 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (35 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4), GEOG 160 GS(3), (Sem: 3-4)
CED 201(3), E R M/A S M 309(3) (Sem: 5-6)
E R M 412(3)[1], E R M 413W(3)[1], E R M/W F S 435(3), E R M 447(3), E R M 450(3), FOR 470(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (8-10 credits)
MATH 111 GQ(2) or MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
SOILS 405(3) or GEOSC 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)
W F S 410(3), W F S 422(3), or E R M/W F S 436(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 12 credits of supporting courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits in communications (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-03-001

Review Date: 11/9/2010

UCA Revision #1: 8/4/06

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