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Natural Resources Minor

Department of Biological Sciences, 319 Biology Building
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The natural resources minor has been developed for students interested in the guiding principles of land stewardship and economic sustainability. Students can develop an appreciation for the ecological diversity of Alabama and gain an understanding of the historical importance of natural resources in the economic development of Alabama. Courses in the minor will address the impact of changes in life styles and the economic base of the state as well as the implications for land management.

Admission into the minor. Students are expected to formally declare a minor. With the assistance of an advisor in the minor department, students should complete the “Declaration of Minor” form before or during the third year of full-time enrollment.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required for completion of the degree. The minor GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the minor that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the minor throughout the entire higher education career.

Minor courses. The minor in natural resources requires the successful completion of the following 26 semester hours:

CoursesHours
GEO 101 or GEO 1054
GY 101 or GY 1024
BSC 114:115 (or BSC 118) or BSC 116:117 (or BSC 120)4
BSC, GEO, or GY19
BSC 396, BSC 398, or GY 4833
FORY 482022
Total26

1Students must earn 9 hours chosen from two of the following three areas:
  1. Earth: GEO 306, GEO 363, GY 363, or GY 402.
  2. Life: BSC 303, BSC 320, BSC 414, BSC 415, or BSC 497 (3 hrs.).
  3. Policy and Process: BSC 482 or GY 339.
2FORY 4820 is a course offered through Distance Education from Auburn University.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional minor requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. If necessary, students may consult with the minor department academic advisor for questions concerning minor requirements.

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