Natural Resources and Recreation Management, B.S.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
NRE 220 Bison image Human Dimensions of Nat Res3
NRE 120 Bison image Discussions in Envrion Science3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
Select one of the following:4
College Algebra-Expanded
College Algebra
Applied Math Reasoning (CT)
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Core II Physical/Natural Science4
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
NRRM 490 Bison image Internship (Capstone)6
Major-Specific
NRRM 101 Cap graduation image Intro Natural Res & Rec Mgmt3
NRE 120 Bison image Discussions in Envrion Science3
IST 150Spreadsheet & Database Prin3
NRE 423GIS and Data Systems3
NRRM 200Analytical Methods: Statistics4
NRE 111 Bison image Living Systems4
NRRM 380Rec Resource Oper. and Admin3
NRE 220 Bison image Human Dimensions of Nat Res3
NRRM 350 Cap graduation image Adventure Education Leadership3
NRRM 361Visitor Behavior in NRRM3
NRRM 405Park & Recreation Ecology3
NRRM 411 Cap graduation image Rec Resource Planning & Design3
NRRM 310Environmental Interpretation3
NRRM 432Wilderness/Protected Area Mgmt3
NRRM 402Research Eval & Assess in NRRM3
NRRM 433GIS/RS in Natural Resources3
NRE 490ES/NRRM Capstone Prep3
300/400 NRRM Elective3
300/400 NRRM Elective3
300/400 NRRM Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective2

Major Information

  • Capstone Experience: It is the responsibility of each student to consult his/her advisor regarding details of meeting the capstone requirement. The Capstone for this degree is completed in the summer.
  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities requirement as well as the university writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change each semester. Please consult each semester’s schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Minimum 2.0 overall and MU and in all NRRM coursework required for graduation.
  • Minimum of 120 hours (40 upper level) required for graduation.

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Four Year Plan

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers a B.S. in Natural Resources and Recreation Management. The NRRM program is focused on the management of natural resource and recreation areas such as parks, forests, coastal areas, and other natural areas located on public and private lands. The NRRM program offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree, in which students will study the fields of natural resource management, recreation and leisure studies, environmental science, biology, sociology, psychology, and business. The program prepares qualified professionals for employment with municipal, state, or national park and recreation agencies, the US Forest Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, nature centers, and a variety of tourism entities to name a few.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
NRRM 101 Cap graduation image Intro Natural Res & Rec Mgmt 3
NRE 120 Bison image Discussions in Envrion Science (CT) 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
IST 150 Spreadsheet & Database Prin 3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
MTH 127 Cap graduation image College Algebra-Expanded 5
NRE 220 Bison image Human Dimensions of Nat Res (CT) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
NRE 423 GIS and Data Systems 3
NRRM 200 Analytical Methods: Statistics 4
NRE 111 Bison image Living Systems 4
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
NRRM 380 Rec Resource Oper. and Admin 3
Writing Intensive 3
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
Core II Social Science (MC/I) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
NRRM 350 Cap graduation image Adventure Education Leadership 3
NRRM 361 Visitor Behavior in NRRM 3
Core II Humanities (WI) 3
300/400 NRRM Elective 3
Natural/Physical Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
NRRM 405 Park & Recreation Ecology 3
NRRM 411 Cap graduation image Rec Resource Planning & Design 3
300/400 NRRM Elective 3
NRE 490 ES/NRRM Capstone Prep 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
NRRM 310 Environmental Interpretation 3
NRRM 432 Wilderness/Protected Area Mgmt 3
300/400 NRRM Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
NRRM 402 Research Eval & Assess in NRRM 3
NRRM 433 GIS/RS in Natural Resources 3
NRRM 490 Bison image Internship (C) (if not in Summer) 6
Free Elective 2
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours120