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Natural Resources Management Pathway

This pathway can be effectively combined with Minors in fields such as Biology, Geography, Geology, or Political Science, and Certificates such as Stream Restoration or Atmospheric Science. Undergraduate students can tailor their degree with coursework in: Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology; Air, Water, & Land; and Human Dimensions.

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
C1: ENGL 1101

English Composition I

3
M: MATH 1111

College Algebra

3
S1: HIST 1111 OR 1112

World History

3
P2: POLS 1101

American Government

3
I1: COMM 1110

Oral Communications

3

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1101 with a C or better
  • Complete Core IMPACTS Math

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
C2: ENGL 1102

English Composition II

3
F: MATH 1113

Precalculus

4
F: BIOL 1107 + Lab

Principles of Biology I

4
P1: HIST 2111 OR 2112

US History

3
I2: Institutional Options 1

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1102 with C or better
  • Complete MATH 1113 with C or better
  • Complete BIOL 1107/1107L with C or better
  • Reach 30 credit hours for Fall/Spring Combined

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
F: BIOL 1108 + Lab

Principles of Biology II

4
T1: CHEM 1211 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry I

4
F: GEOG 2553

Intro to GIS & Mapping

3
A: Humanities 3

Milestones:

  • Complete BIOL 1108/1108L with C or better
  • Complete CHEM 1211/1211L with C or better

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
T2: CHEM 1212 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry II

4
T3: MATH 1401

Elementary Statistics

3
F: GEOG 1121 + Lab

Physical Geology

4
XIDS 2000

Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies

3

Milestones:

  • Complete CHEM 1212/1212L with C or better
  • Complete XIDS 2000 with C or better
  • Complete BIS Degree Plan and submit to Registrar.

Term 3: Summer

Course Name Credit Hours
S2: ECON 2106

Principle of Microeconomics

3

 

14 Fall Credit Hours + 14 Spring Credit Hours + 3 Summer Credit Hours = 31 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 3135

Ecology

4
WFE1: BIOL 4427

Conservation Biology

4
HD1: ECON 3480

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics

3
Elective

3000/4000 level elective course

4

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
XIDS 3000

Interdisciplinary Methods

3
WFE2: BIOL 4425

Fire Ecology

4
Elective

3000/4000 level elective course

3
A: Humanities 3

Milestones:

  • Complete BIOL 3135
  • Complete XIDS 3000 with a C or better and finish capstone proposal/plan

Term 3: Summer

Course Name Credit Hours
HD2: POLS 4209

Environmental Policy

3

 

15 Fall Credit Hours + 13 Spring Credit Hours + 3 Summer Credit Hours = 31 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
AWL1: GEOL 3603

Environmental Geology

3
WFE3: BIOL 4424

Wildlife Habitat Ecology

4
HD3: GEOG 3405

Geographies of Sustainability

3
Elective

3000/4000 level elective course

4

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
XIDS 4000

Interdisciplinary capstone

3
Methods: ENGL 3405

Professional and Technical Writing

3
Elective

3000/4000 level elective course

4
Elective

3000/4000 level elective course

4

Milestones:

  • Complete XIDS 4000 with a C or better along with capstone project.
  • Reach 39 credit hours at 3000/4000 level & 120 credit hours total.

14 Fall Credit Hours + 14 Spring Credit Hours = 28 Credit Hours

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Make sure to take XIDS 2000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies to start your intellectual, boundary-crossing journey!
  • Discover your interests in your core classes. These can help you establish your disciplines.

Middle Years:

  • Work with your IDS professors in XIDS 3000 to establish your degree plan, including identifying your complex problem and exploring how and what disciplines can help inform your inquiry.

Last Year:

  • This is the time for your XIDS capstone! Make sure you have 9 hours of 3000-4000-level coursework for each of your two disciplines!

Find Your Place

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Attend UWG Scholars’ Day.
  • Check out what university associations and community organizations relate to your disciplines.

Last Year:

  • Hone your leadership skills by mentoring new IDS majors!
  • Consider running for an officer position in a student organization.

Broaden Your Perspectives

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Complete an internship in your field.
  • Consider a summer or part-time job.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Draft your resume and attend a resume blitz.
  • Learn about how to network on social media and update your Handshake profile.
  • Draft your personal statement.
  • Visit the graduate school to find out about graduate programs and admission requirements.

Last Year:

  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with career services.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Attend an interview workshop.
  • Apply for graduate programs.

Requirements

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Degree Requirements

IDS MAJORS

All IDS majors complete an XIDS course sequence through which they learn interdisciplinary concepts and method, culminating with a capstone project that reflects their intellectual and career interests:

  • XIDS 2000 - Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • XIDS 3000 - Interdisciplinary Methods
  • XIDS 4000 - Interdisciplinary Capstone

Pathway requirements

Pathway Requirements

Foundation Courses

Required Foundation Courses (30 credits): Can complete these in the Core Curriculum.

  • BIOL 1107/1107L - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1108/1108L - Principles of Biology II
  • CHEM 1211/1211L - Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1212/1212L - Principles of Chemistry II
  • GEOG 2553 - Intro to GIS & Mapping
  • GEOL 1121/1121L - Physical Geology
  • MATH 1113 - Precalculus
  • POLS 1101 - American Government                                 
  • Strongly recommended: ECON 2106 - Princ. of Microeconomics, COMM 1110 - Oral Communications, and MATH 1401 - Statistics

Upper-Level Courses

Required Upper Level Area Courses (7-8 credits):

  • BIOL 3135 - Ecology

Methods & Communication, at least 1 course from the following: 

  • COMM 3330 - Advanced Communication Skills
  • ENGL 3405 - Professional & Technical Writing
  • GEOG 3563 - Remote Sensing & GIS Integration
  • GEOG 4553 - Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 4554 - Computer Cartography
  • GEOG 4562 - Airphoto Interpretation & Photogrammetry
  • GEOG 4753 - Contemporary GIS Applications
  • SOCI 4003 - Applied Statistics for Social Sciences

Upper-Level Area Courses.

Students will choose 2 of the 3 content disciplines as their main subjects: 1) Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology, 2) Air, Water, & Land, and 3) Human Dimensions. Within each of these two disciplines, they must take: 1) a minimum of 9 credit hours across 3 courses, and 2) at least 1 course must have a natural resources management focus (bolded red below). From the remaining discipline, they must take at least one course. Special topics courses may qualify if approved by the advisory committee.

Total minimum credit hours: 21

Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology

  • BIOL 4424 Wildlife Habitat Ecology
  • BIOL 4425 Fire Ecology
  • BIOL 4427 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 4430 Wildlife Techniques
  • BIOL 3221 Taxonomy of Flowering Plants & Ferns
  • BIOL 3223 Vascular Plants
  • BIOL 3226 Natural History of Vertebrates
  • BIOL 3231 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 4241 Entomology
  • BIOL 4242 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 4245 Ichthyology
  • BIOL 4266 Molecular Ecology
  • BIOL 4441 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 4445 Marine Biology
  • BIOL 4440 Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL 4450 Terrestrial Ecology
  • BIOL 4735 Parasitology

Air, Water, & Land

  • GEOG 4103 Soil Science
  • GEOG 4600 Applied Climatology
  • GEOL 3603 Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 4083 Environmental Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4093 Risk Assessment
  • GEOG 3713 Meteorology
  • GEOG 3800 Biogeography
  • GEOG 3900 Ecological Climatology
  • GEOG 4900 Dendrochronology
  • GEOL 3004 Field Geol. & Geologic Mapping
  • GEOL 3014 Mineralogy & Crystallography
  • GEOL 4003 Geomorphology
  • GEOL 4014 Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4034 Sedimentation & Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 4074 Regional Applications of Field Geology
  • GEOL 4084 Hydrogeology

Human Dimensions

  • ANTH 3180 Environment & Health
  • ANTH 4134 Animals & Culture
  • ANTH 4181 Cultural Resources Management
  • CRIM 4300 Environmental Crimes
  • ECON 3480 Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
  • GEOG 3405 Geographies of Sustainability
  • POLS 4209 Environmental Policy
  • GEOG 3253 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 3643 Urban Geography
  • POLS 3201 Intro Public Policy
  • POLS 3210 Interest Group Politics 
  • POLS 4210 Public Management

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