Conservation Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science Degree. Conservation.

Visit the Plant and Earth Science Department Conservation page to learn more about the program.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman
Year

ENGL 100 Academic Reading and Writing - 3
ESM 105 Intro to Environmental Studies - 3
ESM 151 Land Use Theory and Practice - 3
MATH 146 College Algebra - 3
General Education Goal II Selection - 3
Total semester credits - 15

BIOL 150 General Biology - 3
ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing, and the Disciplines - 3
ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability - 3
GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology - 3
General Education Goal II Selection - 3
Total semester credits - 15

Sophomore
Year

BIOL 210 or 230 Botany or Zoology - 3
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I - 5
ESM 109 Intro to Forestry - 2
ESM 303 Environmental Policies and Administration - 3
COMS 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication - 3
or COMS 116 Business and Professional Communication - 3
Total semester credits - 16

AGEC 230 Agricultural Economics I - 3
or ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics - 3
BIOL 360 Ecology - 3
GEOG 250 Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems - 3
SOIL 120 Introduction to Soil Science - 3
General Education Goal II Selection - 3
Total semester credits - 15

Junior
Year

ESM 343 Woodlot Management - 3
ESM 360 Applied Hydrology and Water Quality - 4
P ED 108 Health and Fitness for Life - 1
Directed Elective Course - 3
General Education Goal II Selection - 3
Physical Education Activities - 0.5
Total semester credits - 14.5

ESM 333 Remote Sensing - 3
ESM 363 Geographic Information Systems - 3
Directed Elective Course - 3
General Elective Course - 3
American Cultural Diversity Course - 3
Total semester credits - 15

Senior
Year

BIOL 344 Wildlife Biology - 4
SOIL 440 Soil and Water Conservation - 4
Directed Elective Course - 3
Physical Education Activities - 0.5
General Elective Course - 3
Total semester credits - 14.5

AGEC 450 Introduction to Natural Resource Economics - 3
ENGL 266 Business Writing - 3
or ENGL 367 Technical Writing - 3
ESM 485 Seminar in Natural Resources - 1
Directed elective courses - 1-3
General Education Goal IV Selection - 3
Total semester credits - 11-13

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements - 3 cr.
General Education - 40 cr.
Conservation Core - 47-49 cr.
Required Supporting Courses - 12 cr.
Directed Electives - 10-12 cr.
General Electives - 6 cr.
Credits to Degree - 120 cr.

ESM 270 Internship I - 2-4: Usually taken by the student during the summer after the freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

This academic plan is an example of how students might choose to fulfill program requirements within a period of four years. After consulting with their advisors, students may make other course choices which would meet the program requirements and be more suitable for them.

Other possible plans could be developed for different general education course selections, for when courses are taken in a different order, or depending on whether 2, 3 or 4 credits are taken for ESM 270.