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College of Agriculture

Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making

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 development 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 Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)
(0.5) AGR 11900 (Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) FNR 10300 (Introduction to Environmental Conservation)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)
(15) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) FNR 22500 (Dendrology) (3) AGRY 27000 (Forest Soils)
(3) FNR 23000 (The World's Forests and Society) (2) BIOL 28600 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution)
(3) FNR 24100 (Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals) (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) FNR 25100 (Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds)
(3) Microeconomics selective (3) POL 22300 (Introduction to Environmental Policy)
(3) Humanities selective
(15) (17)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) FNR 33100 (Forest Ecosystems) (3) AGRY 33700 (Environmental Hydrology)
(3) FNR 35700 (Fundamental Remote Sensing) (3) FNR 37500 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management)
(3) FNR 35900 (Spatial Ecology and GIS) (3) FNR 41200 (Natural Resources Decision Making)
(3) FNR 36500 (Natural Resources Issues, Policy and Administration) (3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) FNR 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics) (4) Electives
(3) Written or oral communication selective
(18) (16)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(1) FNR 47000 (Fundamentals of Planning) (3) FNR 40800 (Natural Resources Planning)
(3) FNR 54300 (Conservation Biology I) (6) Natural resources selectives
(2) FNR 57200 (Community Involvement in Natural Resource Management) (3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Ethics selective (3) Elective
(3) Natural resources selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Elective
(18) (15)