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RSENR undergraduate core curriculum

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

The core curriculum of the Rubenstein School incorporates a body of knowledge, skills, and values that the faculty believe is central to the study of natural resources and the environment. The core curriculum's eight required courses (23 total credits) are taken sequentially and cut across all academic programs within the School, integrating the natural and social sciences in an effort to approach full understanding and resolution of natural resource and environmental issues.

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Core Curriculum sequence
  • Students on the Melosira research vessel

    NR 1 Natural History and Field Ecology
    Introduction to the dynamics of the natural world. Basic concepts of biological, chemical, physical, and ecological sciences and the application and interpretation of quantitative measurements are presented within a natural history context. (4 credits)

  • Class at Shelburne Farms

    NR 2 Nature and Culture
    Introduction to natural resources and the environment from a social/cultural perspective. Emphasis on environmental history, values, and ethics with application to natural resource and environmental policy. (3 credits)

  • Majora Carter presentation

    NR 6 Race and Culture in Natural Resources
    Introduces the first-year student to issues of race and culture and their relevance to society, natural resources, and the environment. (2 credits)

  • Ecology class at Jericho Research Forest

    NR 103 Ecology, Ecosystems and Environment
    Major ecological concepts and their application. Analysis of form, structure and function of organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and landscapes. (3 credits)

  • UVM class

    NR 104 Social Processes and the Environment
    Social science theories and their application to environmental issues. Analysis of issues using theories of government, economics, and social movements. Emphasis on integrating frameworks to analyze environmental issues. (3 credits)

  • Ecosystem class

    NR 205 Ecosystem Management: Integrating science, society and policy
    Integration of natural and social science into ecosystem management and policy. Consideration of ecosystem integrity, ecosystem degradation, human needs and values and the application of management principles within a holistic context. (3 credits)

  • NR 206 class

    NR 206 Environmental Problem Solving and Impact Assessment
    Group dynamics, impact assessment, risk assessment and decision making. Emphasis on the process of solving complex environmental problems, interdisciplinary team work, and the National Environmental Policy Act. (4 credits)

  • Students in the field

    NR 207 Power, Privilege and Environment
    This course provides seniors with the opportunity to understand aspects of power, privilege, and injustice and its implications for the natural resource and environmental fields. (1 credit)

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