Natural Resource Concentration

A major in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) from Ball State University requires 60 or 61 credits, dependant on the choice of your NREM Major Concentration.  The Concentration in Natural Resources requires nine (9) credits from the Natural Resources Core Concentration list and twenty four (24) credits selected from two of the three specialization Clusters offered.

Concentration in Natural Resources (34 credits total)


Natural Resources Concentration Required Courses (9 credits required):

NREM 203 – Decision Making for Resource Management (3 credits)
BIO 112 – Principles of Biology 2 (4 credits)
BIO 216 – Ecology (3 credits)

Complete the following: 24 hours from two Clusters

                                         OR

15 hours from one Cluster plus completion of 9 credits of electives approved by Advisor or Chairperson

                                         OR

15 hours from one Cluster plus completion of minor approved by Advisor or Chairperson.

Cluster: Recreation and Interpretation

NREM 204 – American Environmental History (3 credits)
NREM 369 – Professional Practical Experience (1-3 credits)
NREM 371 – Outdoor Recreation and Society (3 credits)
NREM 392 – Environmental Interpretation (3 credits)
NREM 395 – Teaching Environmental Education (3 credits)
NREM 473 – Recreational Planning and Administration (3 credits)
NREM 477 – Wilderness and Society (3 credits)

Cluster: Sustainable Development

NREM 205 – International Natural Resource Conservation (3 credits)
NREM 304 – Sustainable Agriculture (3 credits)
NREM 307 – Environmental Management in Developing Countries (3 credits)
NREM 309 – Human Dimensions of Global Change (3 credits)
NREM 335 – Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (3 credits)
NREM 357 – International Community Development (3 credits)

Cluster: Soil and Water Conservation

NREM 304 – Sustainable Agriculture (3 credits)
NREM 320 – Wetland Characterization (3 credits)
NREM 324 – Soil Classification (3 credits)
NREM 357 – International Community Development (3 credits)
NREM 372 – Applied Research Methods (3 credits)
NREM 385 – Wastewater Management (3 credits)
NREM 415 – Water Quality Management (3 credits)
NREM 422 – Soil Quality (3 credits)
NREM 427 – Soil Conservation Management (3 credits)

Course Substitution:

One or more of the following courses may be substituted for any of those within a Cluster with the approval of your Academic or the Departmental Chairperson.

NREM 299x – Experimental Topics (3-6 credits)
NREM 369 – Professional Practical Experience (1–3 credits)
NREM 390 – Honors Colloquium (1–3 credits)
NREM 402 – Field Study (1-6 credits)
NREM 497 – Special Studies (1-3 credits)

Seeking a major in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a minor in another discipline requires prior consultation and approval by an Academic Advisor or the NREM Departmental Chairperson. Twenty six (26) credit hours must be completed from the ten NREM Core Foundational and Required Courses. Nine (9) credits must be completed from one of the two NREM Concentrations required courses. Fifteen (15) credits must be completed within a single cluster within a concentration. Plus, a student must complete ten (10) credit electives of an approved minor.

These requirements became effective Fall semester 2010. Students are expected to consult frequently with their assigned Academic Advisors or with the Department Chairperson for approval of electives, minors, or substitutions, and should seek professional advice from Academic Advisors concerning career or internship questions. 

Natural Resources and Environmental Management
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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