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Concentration Requirements for Catalog Year 2016-2017

Students in Natural Resources concentrate in one or more of four concentrations. They are:

  • Environmental Sustainability and Conservation

  • Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation

  • Sustainable Forest Resources

  • Water Resources and Climate



Major Course Requirements

The Natural Resources major encompasses interdisciplinary sciences that prepare students to manage and conserve the environment.  Practical hands-on training, frequent field trips, exciting outdoor summer employment, and internships are hallmarks of the program.  Students complete a core of common integrative natural resource and science courses, and then develop strengths by choosing one or more of the concentrations.


Beyond the core courses, students can enroll in a range of courses that provide technical and management skill. More advanced students are encouraged to enroll in independent study during which they work individually with faculty members on specialized research or management projects. Students also have the opportunity to gain academic credit through internships with governmental agencies and other natural resource organizations.

Competency Requirements: Students successfully completing the courses listed below will have met their General Education information literacy exit requirements for this major.  Students gain additional computer technology competency in the fields of geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) data collection and processing.  Students will gain these competencies by passing NRE 2000. Students passing NRE 4000W will satisfy the writing competency requirement within the major.

All Natural Resources majors must pass the following core requirements:


In addition to the core requirements, all students must complete one or more of the following concentrations

Environmental Sustainability and Conservation

One course from each of the following four groups (the same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one group) or Education Abroad (12 credits or equivalent completed abroad of courses pre-approved by NRE):


Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation


Sustainable Forest Resources


Water Resources and Climate

Five additional courses from among the following groups, including at least one from the Hydrologic Science group and at least one from the Biological/Ecological Science group (whichever of NRE 3145 or 3146 is used to fulfill the above requirement cannot be used to also fulfill this requirement):


A minor in Wildlife Conservation is described in the Minors section.


NRE Study Abroad

  • An NRE approved Study Abroad course (12-15 credits) or appropriate foreign language courses is required.
  • NRE Course Descriptions and current and past Course Catalogs are available from the UConn Office of the Registrar.


Plan of Study

A plan of study lists graduation requirements and helps students track their progress toward earning a degree.


Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840