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2009-10 Online Catalogue

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Degree Requirements

Students must be matriculated in The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and in residence at the University of Vermont during the period in which they earn 30 of the last 45 hours of academic credit applied toward the degree. Students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or above. Students must complete a program of study which includes:

  1. RSENR core curriculum, including Diversity requirement
  2. RSENR general education courses, including University Diversity requirement
  3. RSENR major requirements
  4. University requirement in Physical Education Activities (two credits)
RSENR Core Curriculum

The Rubenstein School's core curriculum provides a common experience for all students. The innovative seven-course sequence creates an integrated foundation upon which the individual majors in the School are constructed. Core courses focus on the underlying fundamentals from which natural resources disciplines have evolved and the application of these fundamentals to problems or issues in the natural world and society. The core courses also promote development of thinking, communications, problem solving, and analytical skills. Faculty from all undergraduate programs teach in the core. The RSENR core curriculum represents a body of knowledge, skills, and values that the faculty believe is central to the study of natural resources and the environment.

Seven Required Courses (22 credit hours)
NR 001, Natural History and Field Ecology
NR 002, Nature and Culture
NR 006, Race and Culture in Natural Resources
NR 103, Ecology, Ecosystems and Environment
NR 104, Social Processes and the Environment
NR 205, Ecosystem Management: Integrating Science, Society, and Policy
NR 206, Environmental Problem Solving and Impact Assessment

NR 001 and NR 002 provide an introduction to the study of natural resources and the environment from natural and social science standpoints, respectively. At the completion of these courses, students should (1) have a basic understanding of the School's integrated approach to natural resources and the environment, (2) be better prepared to make informed decisions about their academic majors, and (3) be prepared to advance to an intermediate level of study in natural resources. The intermediate courses in the sequence, NR 103 and NR 104, emphasize ecosystems and social systems, respectively. The last two courses focus directly on integrated and holistic management. In NR 205, students integrate natural and social science to understand environmental management principles and policies. In NR 206, the capstone course taken senior year, students are challenged to synthesize and apply the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and values they have learned to contemporary natural resources and environmental issues.

General Education Courses

RSENR general education requirements are designed to enhance a student's ability to assimilate and analyze information, think and communicate clearly, and respect multiple perspectives. These requirements are flexible in order to encourage creativity in meeting educational goals. All students must complete each of the following general education requirements*:

Five courses in required areas:

  1. Writing - one course from - ENGS 001, ENGS 050, or ENGS 053
  2. Speaking - one course from - SPCH 011, THE 005, AGRI 183, or NR 185 (Speaking & Listening)
  3. Race and Culture - NR 006 and courses from an approved list of diversity courses totaling at least 6 credits.
  4. Mathematics - MATH 009 or higher (but not MATH 017) (individual majors may specify a higher math requirement).
  5. Statistics - one course from - NR 140, STAT 111, STAT 141, or STAT 211 (individual majors may be more restrictive).
  6. Self-designed General Education Sequence - Each student defines a personal learning objective and selects at least 9 credits from departments outside RSENR to meet that objective. This sequence of courses must be approved in advance**.

* No single course may be used to satisfy more than one of the above requirements, with exception of the 3 additional Diversity credits.

** Before completion of four semesters or 60 credit hours; time-frame may be extended for transfer students.

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