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Spatial and Quantitative Methods

The Spatial and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences minor is ideal for students in NRES and allied fields seeking preparation for careers requiring skills in geographic information systems, statistics, research design, and/or mathematical modeling. This minor is open to students in all majors and is especially relevant for those pursuing a major related to natural resource and environmental issues who want to distinguish themselves with more advanced analytical skills.

In order to be eligible to declare the Minor in Spatial and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, a student must have successfully completed the Quantitative Reasoning I and Quantitative Reasoning II requirements in the College of ACES.

The minor requires the completion of an additional 18 hours of coursework selected from the following list. Students must earn credit for at least 3 hours in each of the three categories. At least six hours of 400-level courses must be distinct from any credit earned for the student’s major, concentration, and any other minor.

Required Courses for a Minor in Spatial and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences  
Statistics & Research Design  
Select one of the following: 3-4
NRES 340
Environ Social Sci Res Meth  
NRES 421
Quantitative Methods in NRES  
CPSC 440
Applied Statistical Methods I  
NRES 445
Statistical Methods  
SOC 485
Intermediate Social Statistics  
STAT 200
Statistical Analysis  
Mathematical Modeling  
Select one of the following: 3-4
NRES 422
Earth Systems Modeling  
NRES 427
Modeling Natural Resources  
ANSC 448
Math Modeling in Life Sciences  
GEOG 468
Biological Modeling  
Spatial Analysis  
Select one of the following: 3-5
NRES 454
GIS in Natural Resource Mgmt  
NRES 455
Adv GIS for Nat Res Planning  
NRES 465
Landscape Ecology  
GEOG 478
Techniques of Remote Sensing  
GEOG 479
Advanced Topics in GIS  
GEOG 489
Programming for GIS  
Minimum hours required for the minor 18

For more information about the minor in Spatial and Quantitative Methods of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, contact NRES Student Services at nres-ssc@illinois.edu or 217-333-5824.