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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Natural Resources (NR)


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This program is offered in Durham.


Degree Offered: M.S.

Note:  Effective Spring 2016 the Department of Natural Resources has suspended admission to the Natural Resources: TIDES (Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management) option.


The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers a master of science in natural resources in the following options.

Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation
Areas of interest include natural resource policy, conservation biology, sustainability, ecological ethics and values, international environmental affairs, and spatial data analysis (remote sensing and GIS).

The Environmental Conservation option has a specific requirement of one ecology course from the following options:

NR 806: Soil Ecology

NR 811: Wetland Ecology and Management

NR 830: Terrestrial Ecosystem

NR 834: Tropical Ecology

NR 857: Aquatic Ecosystem

NR 965: Community Ecology

ZOOL 825: Marine Ecology

Natural Resources: Environmental Economics
Areas of interest include agricultural economics, community and regional economics, land economics, water economics, and environmental economics.

The Environmental Economics option has two specific required courses.

ECON 926: Econometrics 1

ECON 976: Microeconomics

Natural Resources: Forestry
Areas of interest include forest resource economics and management, biometrics, genetics, forest ecosystem dynamics, and spatial data analysis (remote sensing and GIS).

Natural Resources: General
This program is designed for students whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries within the natural resources and does not easily fit within one of the existing options. Students can later choose to specify one of the six options if their research interests change or if they become specific to one individual area.

Natural Resources: Soil and Water Resource Management 
Areas of interest include wetlands, land-water interactions, groundwater chemistry, and biogeochemistry.

Natural Resources: TIDES (Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management)
Areas of interest include ecosystem science, coastal resource management, natural resources and environmental policy, and marine resource education.

Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Areas of interest include field and laboratory aspects of wildlife energetics, wildlife use of managed and unmanaged forest systems, habitat management and fragmentation, conservation biology, wetland wildlife ecology, and population dynamics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed either an undergraduate degree in the field in which they plan to specialize or show adequate preparation in the basic support courses of the field. Students with good undergraduate records who lack a background in a particular field may be admitted to a program, provided they are prepared to correct any deficiencies. All entering students must have taken at least one basic statistics course. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Students entering the forestry option may elect to develop concentrations within any of the above-listed areas. Applicants are expected to have backgrounds in forestry or related biological sciences. Students interested in soil and water resource management are required to have adequate preparation in chemistry and mathematics as well as biological or Earth sciences. Students interested in wildlife and conservation biology are expected to have adequate preparation in biological sciences, chemistry, and mathematics. Students interested in environmental conservation should have a background appropriate for their area of interest. Since environmental conservation covers such a broad area, applicants are always reviewed carefully on an individual basis. Students interested in environmental economics should have a background in both economics and the environment. Four or more undergraduate courses in economics or environmental economics, including intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics, are required as well as calculus and statistics. Students interested in the TIDES (Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management) option are required to have adequate preparation in ecology, social sciences, and statistics.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants should contact one or more graduate faculty advisers to discuss programs and funding, and secure a commitment of a faculty member to serve as graduate adviser.

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Degree Requirements

An M.S. degree is conferred upon successful completion of a program of not less than 30 credits for natural resources options: forestry, environmental conservation, environmental economics, general, soil and water resource management, and wildlife and conservation biology.  

Course requirements or equivalents:
NR 903, Approach to Research (2 credits) and
One additional research methods class:
     NR 904, Survey Research Methods (2 credits) or
     NR 905, Grant Writing (2 credits) or
     LSA 950, Scientific Communication (2 credits)
NR 993, Seminar or NR 947, Current Issues in Ecosystem Ecology
NR 996, Natural Resource Education
One Quantitative methods course:
    BIOL 811 - Applied Biostatistics 
    ECON 926 - Econometrics I 
    KIN 900 - Applied Statistics 
    MATH 835 - Statistical Methods for Researchers
    MATH 840 - Design of Experiments I 
    MATH 969 - Topics in Probability and Statistics I
    NR 813 - Quantitative Ecology
    NR 909 - Analysis of Ecological Communities and Complex Data
    POLT 905 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    PSYC 905 - Research Methodology and Statistics I
    PSYC 907 - Research Methods and Statistics III
    SOC 901 - Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
    SOC 903 - Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics
    SOC 904 - Sociological Methods IV, Qualitative and Historical Research Methods

NR 899 (6-10 credits), Master’s Thesis and a formal presentation of the thesis or 
NR 998 (4 credits), Directed Research and directed research results

Environmental Conservation Option Requirements:
     One course in Ecology:
        NR 806: Soil Ecology
        NR 811: Wetland Ecology and Management
        NR 830: Terrestrial Ecosystem
        NR 834: Tropical Ecology
        NR 857: Aquatic Ecosystem
        NR 965: Community Ecology
        ZOOL 825: Marine Ecology
Environmental Economics Option Requirements:
     ECON 926, Econometrics I 
     ECON 976, Microeconomics I

Natural Resources: TIDES option requires a minimum of 36 credits. 

NR: TIDES course requirements or equivalents:

NR 915, Seminar: Coastal Challenges for Science-Policy Collaborations
NR 916, Linking Decision-making and Coastal Ecosystem Science
NR 917, Coastal Ecosystem Science Policy and Management Internship
NR 824, Resolving Environmental Conflicts
An approved research methods course
Quantitative methods course
One ecology course
One resource management course
NR 998, Directed Research and directed research results

*   The thesis option will provide a research-based thesis that is the foundation for a peer-reviewed publication.

** The directed research option shall consist of a project, designed and conducted by the student, culminating in a scholarly paper or report that is suitable for publication in the respective field of scholarship.

Approved program of study plan during the first semester.

A Cooperative Doctoral Program
The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment participates in the Natural Resources and Earth System Science Ph.D. Program (NRESS), an interdepartmental degree offered at UNH. For further details on this program, please visit the NRESS program page.