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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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Natural Resources Minor

Department of Biological Sciences,
1324 Science and Engineering Complex

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 declare a minor formally. 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.

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

Courses Hours
GEO 101 or GEO 105 4
GY 101 or GY 102 4
BSC 114:115 (or BSC 118) or BSC 116:117 (or BSC 120) 4
BSC, GEO, or GY¹ 9
BSC 396, BSC 398, or GY 483 3
FORY 4820² 2
Total 26
¹Students must earn 9 hours chosen from two of the following three areas: Earth: GEO 306, GEO 363, GY 363, or GY 402.
  1. Life: BSC 303, BSC 320, BSC 414, BSC 415, or BSC 497 (3 hrs.).
  2. Policy and Process: BSC 482 or GY 339.
  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. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

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