Requirements for an NRM Major

Requirements for a B.S. in Natural Resources Management

The NRM Program offers a major in Natural Resources Management leading to a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a minor. Students may choose the general degree or specialize by selecting one of three emphases: Ecosystem Science and Management; Environmental Science; or Resource Information Science. The degree requires a minimum of 120 hours to complete. Please refer to the most recent college catalog for official, up-to-date requirements.

Core NRM classes

A student must take and pass a minimum of 40 credits of NRM core classes with a GPA of 2.0 or better.

BIO 408 may be counted as a core (NRM) class with the approval of your advisor.

You should consult with your advisor for guidance as to which classes to take.

Required core NRM classes are:
NRM 150 Introduction to Natural Resources

NRM 320 Introduction to Resource Systems

BIO 460 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

And one of the following:

NRM 495 Trends in Natural Resources Management (Capstone) OR

NRM 496/497 Trends in Western U.S. Natural Resource Management / Issues in Western U.S. Natural Resources Management (Field trip)

Cognate Classes

You must take and pass a minimum of 40 credits of classes in cognate areas including the courses listed specifically below (they may not have an NRM prefix):

  • BIO 120 General Biology I
  • BIO 121 General Biology II
  • BIO 215 General Ecology
  • CHM 109 Introductory Chemistry or CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
  • ECO 211 Introductory Microeconomics
  • GEO 111 Physical Geology
  • MTH 122 College Algebra
  • STA 215 Introductory Applied Statistics

Select then remaining 10-11 hours from the following categories:

  • BIO 222 and above
  • CHM 116 and above
  • CIS 150 and above
  • ECO 345
  • GEO 112 and above
  • GPY 307, 370, 407, 410, 412, or 470
  • HTM 268
  • MTH 123 and above
  • PA 270
  • STA 216 and above

You should consult with your advisor for guidance as to which classes to take. This is particularly important if you plan to attend graduate school.

Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS)

WRT 150 should be taken before your first SWS class.

Two SWS classes must be completed. Only one can have an NRM prefix. NRM 495, a required class, is also an SWS class. Please check the schedule carefully to ensure that these classes are being taught as SWS classes (occasionally they do not have an SWS designation).



Most of the classes should be taken in the order suggested here because they are prerequisites to NRM classes.

Most of the NRM classes are offered only once each year.

NRM classes are generally not offered during the summer. You are encouraged to obtain a natural resources management job, an internship (NRM 490), conduct a research project (NRM 499), or take general education and elective classes during the summer.

NRM 180, 280, 380 and 480 are designations for a special topics class. You may take multiple classes with an NRM X80 designation because each class will cover a different topic.

No more than 3 credits of NRM 499 (research) will be counted toward your major.

No more than 5 credits of NRM 490 (internship) and NRM 499 (research) total can be applied to the major.

BIO 417 and BIO 418 are field trip classes. You MAY be able to count these classes as core classes (NRM credit) but you MUST check with your advisor BEFORE you take the class. No more than 6 credits can be applied to the major.

For students considering study abroad, the department offers faculty-led summer opportunities designed for biology and natural resource management students.  These experiences generally consist of two 3 hour courses (BIO 417 and NRM 407).  For a Biology major the NRM course may be counted as a Biology elective with advisor approval.  Any study abroad experience consisting of three credits automatically fulfills the World Perspective General Education requirement.  Additionally, students may opt to have their study abroad experience fulfill their General Education Issues requirement.  To do so, a student must complete a paper approved by Padnos International Center personnel within 30 days of their return from their study abroad experience.  If you are interested in study abroad you should meet with your academic advisor and consult with Padnos International Center.


General Education Requirements

All GVSU students are required to complete additional courses to round out their liberal arts education. These include courses in basic writing skills, supplemental writing skills, general education, and a series of "theme" courses. Please refer to the college catalog for an up-to-date list of courses that meet these requirements.

Emphasis in Ecosystem Science and Management

Emphasis in Environmental Science

Emphasis in Resource Information Science

See also NRM Course List


Page last modified March 12, 2015