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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Apr 24, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management

Requirements for a Major in Natural Resources Management

NRM Major

Completion of at least 36 NRM course credits, including:


B.S. Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources management requires the following three courses:

Minors and Certificates (optional)

All NRM majors are encouraged to complete a minor or certificate that complements their coursework in the NRM major. Examples include the biology minor, environmental studies minor, or geographic information systems technology certificate. Students may also complete additional NRM courses as electives.

Associate Wildlife Biologist Certification

Students who intend to pursue a career in wildlife biology and management are encouraged to complete the necessary coursework for certification by The Wildlife Society ( as an associate wildlife biologist. This coursework will also prepare students for entry-level positions in wildlife biology/management or entry into graduate school.

The curriculum is designed to provide a skill set based on a broad scientific knowledge, understanding of natural resource management principles, and communication skills. This base along with the hands-on skills learned in classes prepares students for a successful career as wildlife professionals. A sampling of wildlife career options can be found at

Wildlife Society certification is a professional track rather than an academic emphasis. For a recommended schedule of courses to complete the certification, please see a regular NRM faculty advisor.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Natural Resources Management

Third Year

  • General education courses
  • General elective courses
  • NRM upper level management courses
  • NRM elective courses

Fourth Year

  • General education courses
  • Elective courses
  • NRM upper level management courses
  • NRM elective courses

Natural Resources Management Program Description

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