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majors_minors: Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making


Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

John (Barny) Dunning

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-3591

Advisor's Email


Students in this Department of Forestry and Natural Resources major will learn the basics of natural resource science and the complexity of working with multiple stakeholders. Students will learn skills such as geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, planning, policy analysis, economics, multiple-objective decision making, and working with the public. They will critically engage in efforts to solve many of the complex resource management issues currently facing the United States and the world. Students will be strongly encouraged to participate in an approved internship the summer after their junior year.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)

(0.5) AGR 11900 (Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs)

(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)

(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)

Total Credits: 15

Second Semester

(4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)

(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(3) FNR 10300 (Introduction to Environmental Conservation)

(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)

Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) FNR 22500 (Dendrology)

(3) FNR 23000 (The World's Forests and Society)

(3) FNR 24100 (Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals)

(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)

(3) Microeconomics selective

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

(3) AGRY 27000 (Forest Soils)

(2) BIOL 28600 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution)

(3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)

(3) FNR 25100 (Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds)

(3) POL 22300 (Introduction to Environmental Policy)

(3) Humanities selective

Total Credits: 17

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) FNR 33100 (Forest Ecosystems)

(3) FNR 35700 (Fundamental Remote Sensing)

(3) FNR 35900 (Spatial Ecology and GIS)

(3) FNR 36500 (Natural Resources Issues, Policy, and Administration)

(3) FNR 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)

(3) Written or oral communication selective

Total Credits: 18

Sixth Semester

(3) AGRY 33700 (Environmental Hydrology)

(3) FNR 37500 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management)

(3) FNR 41200 (Natural Resources Decision Making)

(3) Social science or humanities selective

(4) Electives

Total Credits: 16

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(1) FNR 47000 (Fundamentals of Planning)

(3) FNR 54300 (Conservation Biology I)

(2) FNR 57200 (Community Involvement in Natural Resource Management)

(3) Ethics selective

(3) Natural resources selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 18

Eighth Semester

(3) FNR 40800 (Natural Resources Planning)

(6) Natural resources selectives

(3) Social science or humanities selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 15

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Last modified at 2/22/2016 11:04 AM by Lough, Kelly S