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Natural Resource Conservation Minor

The Natural Resource Conservation minor offers an integrated approach to managing natural resources from a sustainability perspective. This minor addresses the diverse biological, physical, social, economic, and political aspects of natural resources and stewardship. Ultimately, this curriculum offers students interested in the conservation of natural resources a challenging and rewarding experience while simultaneously preparing them for future careers requiring a fundamental and strong background in the management and conservation of natural resources.

A minimum of 18 hours are required for this minor, of which at least 6 credit hours must be 400-level and must be distinct from any credit earned for the student’s major, concentration, and any other minor.

Required Courses for a Minor in Natural Resource Conservation  
NRES 102 Introduction to NRES 3
or NRES 100 Fundamentals of Env Sci
NRES 287 Environment and Society 3
General Electives  
Minimum of 12 credit hours, at least 6 of which much be 400-level, selected from: 12
NRES 108
Env Sc & Nat Resource Careers  
NRES 109
Global Environmental Issues  
NRES 201
Introductory Soils  
ACE/NRES 210
Environmental Economics  
NRES 219
Principles of Ecosystem Mgmt  
ACE/NRES 310
Natural Resource Economics  
NRES 325
Natural Resource Policy Mgmt  
NRES 340
Environ Social Sci Res Meth  
NRES 348
Fish and Wildlife Ecology  
NRES 351
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry  
NRES 407
Wildlife Population Ecology  
NRES 409
Fishery Ecol and Conservation  
NRES 415
Native Plant ID and Floristics  
NRES 419
Env and Plant Ecosystems  
NRES 420
Restoration Ecology  
NRES 421
Quantitative Methods in NRES  
NRES 424
US Environ, Justic & Policy  
NRES 425
Natural Resources Law & Policy  
NRES 426
Renewable Energy Policy  
NRES 427
Modeling Natural Resources  
NRES 429
Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation  
NRES 438
Soil Nutrient Cycling  
NRES 439
Env and Sustainable Dev  
NRES 454
GIS in Natural Resource Mgmt  
NRES 455
Adv GIS for Nat Res Planning  
NRES 471
Pedology  
NRES 472
Environmental Psychology  
NRES 474
Soil and Water Conservation  
NRES 475
Environmental Microbiology  
NRES 488
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers  
Total Hours 18

For more information about the minor in Natural Resource Conservation, contact NRES Student Services at nres-ssc@illinois.edu or 217-333-5824.