The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

B.S. Degrees


The Conservation Biology Option encourages students to study conservation across taxa (invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, fungi, microbes) and across scientific disciplines (ecology, genetics, evolution), supported by courses in policy, planning, and economics. It provides an option to pursue careers in education, law, policy, and other non-scientific approaches to conservation. Students will have the knowledge, skills, and experiences for careers as conservation biologists, conservation planners, ecologists, environmental educators, researchers, or resource managers. Graduates will be equipped to pursue graduate degrees, work for government agencies or non-profit organizations -- such as The Nature Conservancy and Land Trusts -- or become involved in environmental law or policy. Students completing this option could be qualified for Civil Service positions under the titles Ecologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologists, and Botanist.

 


The School of Natural Resources and the Environment announces a new undergraduate degree option in Global Change Ecology and Management.  This new option is designed to prepare students to work effectively as natural resource scientists and managers in a rapidly changing world. We also hope to respond to growing student concern about and interest in global change impacts and how society will deal with them.  We intend to recruit and train a new generation of natural resources leaders ready to address evolving management changes in the face of global change.  We offer this new option out of the conviction that there is no area of natural resource science or management that will be unaffected by global change in all its manifestations.

 

Managing natural resources sustainably in an era of global change will be one of the next generation’s most important challenges.  Our goals for graduates with this degree option include:

 

  • A thorough understanding of the causes and major patterns of global change.
  • Able to communicate the current state of the global change science clearly to the public, decision makers, and researchers.
  • Trained to apply global change science to natural resources management (e.g., wildlife, fisheries, grazing, and water in forest, rangeland and urban settings, with an emphasis on global drylands broadly defined and with the Southwestern North America as a key case study.
  • Able to translate ongoing and projected impacts of global change into public policy in terms of ecosystem goods and services and other impacts on societies and economies.
  • Proficient in synthesizing new research information into ongoing planning and assessments for natural resources management.
  • Prepared to lead the path forward to new approaches to land management that account for both gradual and abrupt changes such as wildfires and tree die-off that can transform landscapes rapidly.
  • Trained to lead and facilitate discussions for stakeholders with divergent perspectives.

 

The Global Change Ecology and Management (GCEM) program draws on SNRE strengths in the biological, physical, and socioeconomic sciences.   GCEM class options will draw from course offerings within and outside of SNRE, tapping into strengths in this area across the University.  Newly developed courses will complement and build on the existing curriculum to provide a strong foundation of knowledge.  The GCEM option is a concentration under the SNRE Natural Resources major.

 


Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands deals with the biological and physical processes of ecosystems and the application of this knowledge to the sustainable use of range and open lands. This is a great opportunity for students with an interest in plant ecology, plant animal interactions, and management of landscapes. Technical courses in range management and related natural resource subjects stress the application of basic concepts to management planning and practices. Selection of courses in wildlife or fisheries science, watershed hydrology and management, soil and water science, animal and plant science, or agricultural and resource economics can enhance qualification for certain types of employment. Many of these courses involve hands-on work in the rangelands of Arizona. Range management professionals may inventory soils, plants, and animals; develop resource management plans with agencies or private firms; help restore degraded lands; or manage a preserve or ranch. Because of their broad, interdisciplinary background, students are employed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, state land departments, and a variety of other agencies. More about a career in rangeland managment can be found here:  http://rangelandswest.org/careersandeducation/

 


Undergraduates may pursue an option in either Wildlife Conservation and Management or Fisheries Conservation and Management. Wildlife science and fisheries science are the study of wild animals, fish, and other aquatic organisms. This involves the study of their biology and the interrelationships with each other, with humans, and with the physical and biological environment that makes up their habitat. Managers and biologists are concerned with maintaining species diversity, improving conditions for declining and endangered species, managing populations that are hunted or fished, conducting law enforcement, and coordinating other resource management activities to maintain environmental quality. Some professionals may be active in surveys of plants and animals, operation and management of refuges and hatcheries, pollution monitoring and testing, design and conduct of research, habitat improvement, pest management, environmental education, or computer modeling. Professionals in wildlife and fisheries are employed by federal agencies-the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service, for example-and by state game and fish departments or departments of natural resources.

 


Watershed Hydrology and Management is the art and science of managing the natural resources of wild land drainage basins, with special consideration given to the quantity and quality of the water resource. Watershed managers are concerned with sustained productivity of such products as water, wood, forage, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Watershed management graduates are qualified for careers in organizations and businesses concerned with integrated land management, the environment, or water resources. Many are employed as hydrologists. Employers include federal or state agencies, municipal water districts, private consulting firms, and conservation organizations. The study of watershed management emphasizes the combined physical, biological, and management aspects of natural resources, with special attention to water. Students receive specialized course work in subjects specific to the management of surface water resources. The curriculum also emphasizes social science, communication skills, and procedures for analyzing policy, as these tools are becoming increasingly important components of successful resource management activities.

 

Students in any major can add a minor in Natural Resources  A minimum of 18 units is required.  All students must take ECOL 182R and L as well as RNR 200, RNR 316, RNR 384, and at least 7 elective units.

 

Natural Resources Minor


 

Please see an advisor to make an appointment to add the minor in Natural Resources:

Katie Hughes
Environment and Natural Resources 2, N321
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Ph: 520-621-7260
Dr. John Koproski
Environment and Natural Resources 2, N335
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Ph: 520-621-5895

 


 

Hello Freshman and Transfer Students!

 

As the year is starting up, your academic advisors have some tips to follow, starting now, so you can get ready and prepared to have a successful semester. Please read these carefully as they are very important!

 

Email

-So important!

-Check your UA email at least twice per day, especially around the time when school starts

-You can forward another account to your UA email

-Set up folders for email so you don’t get overwhelmed with a full inbox

-Only use your UA email address for communicating with professionals on campus (Professors, Advisors, etc.)

 

Books

-Save your receipts in case you change classes and don’t open it if it’s plastic-wrapped

-Wait until after the first day of class and the syllabus is reviewed to open plastic-wrapped books

-You can find your booklist through a link in the right column on your UAccess or through the UA bookstore website

-If you buy your books online make sure you get the correct edition! Ask the instructor if older editions are acceptable

 

Classes

-Double check your schedule if you printed it earlier this summer (rooms may have changed)

-Double check rooms and times the day before school starts

-Take a “practice run” to all the buildings your classes are in

-As you enter any class, read the door and front board for course/room change announcements

-Read every syllabus front-to-back; it is your contract for the course!

-Get a planner and write in every assignment and exam due date as soon as you get your syllabi; also write down dates and deadlines

-Use Think Tank’s semester on a page and put your exams and big assignments on it for a quick glance of your requirements for the semester! This will help you notice exams and papers that are due on the same day.

-If you want to try getting into a closed class:

                *Email the professor or contact the department in advance to determine if there’s a waitlist or specific procedure for trying to get into the class

                *The best way to add is by checking UAccess; students will be changing their schedules a lot during the week before school starts and the first week of school

                *Take a Change of Schedule form to the first day of the class; if the instructor signs it, take it to the Registrar’s Office ASAP (it is only valid for 5 days)

 

Academic support

-If you’re overwhelmed by a class and you think you’re in over your head, go see your advisor ASAP!

-Explore the Think Tank and write down workshop and weekly course review dates and times

-Figure out where the nearest computer lab/printer is to your classes

 

Finances

-Use Wildcat JobLink (especially to find work study jobs) – pay the $5 fee to utilize Career Services, there are tons of amazing resources on it!

-Tuition payments are due by first day of class to avoid late fee

 

Other

-Register your bike with Parking & Transportation and use U-locks only; don’t use cable locks on a bike, they are easily cut

-Bookmark the online phonebook: www.arizona.edu/phonebook - you can find your professors, TAs, advisors, friends, and any other contacts you might need

-Printable list of UA Services and Locations

 

Most transfer students say that the UA is much harder than their community college, so study hard, ask questions, and don’t forget to ask for help as soon as you think you’re in trouble! 

 

Again, don’t wait to get help – contact your advisor! It is normal to feel overwhelmed, but we are here to support you!

 

Katie Hughes

Academic Advisor and Graduate Coordinator

School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Envrionment and Natural Resources 2, N321

520-621-7260

khughes@email.arizona.edu

 

 

Dr. John Koprowski
Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Environment and Natural Resources 2, N335
520-621-5895
5quirre1@email.arizona.edu

 

Thanks to the College of Education Advisors for putting this list together!

 

School of Natural Resources and the Environment Advisors

Katie Hughes, Academic Advisor

621-7260, Environment and Natural Resources 2, N321, khughes@email.arizona.edu

Katie is the go to person for academic advising, learning about internships, finishing your degree check, learning about research/academic opportunities, and discussing University policy. 

 

Dr. John Koprowski, Assistant Director for Academic Programs

621-5895, Environment and Natural Resources 2, N335, 5quirre1@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Matter can do all the stuff Katie can do, and more. If Katie can’t help you, or she isn’t around, see Dr. Matter. In addition, he’s a good person to talk to if you need faculty guidance.

 

Faculty Advisors

Every student should have a faculty advisor. If you don’t remember who your advisor is, email Katie—she keeps a track.

Faculty advisors and their contact information and research interests

 

Forbes 203, the Main College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advising Office

Nancy Rodriguez, Coordinator, Academic Advising

621-3616, Forbes 203, nancyr@email.arizona.edu

Nancy can help you with general education advising, and serves as a contact with the College if you are butting up against University policy. If it is a college-level question, see her first. Also, she can help with transferring of course work.

 

Kristin Geary, Academic Advisor

621-3616, Forbes 203, kgeary@cals.arizona.edu

Kristin can also help you with general education, transfer credit, and college policy.

 

Julie Adkins, Academic Advisor/Degree Certification

621-0975, Forbes 203, jadkins@email.arizona.edu

When it’s time to do your degree check (also called a degree or senior audit), Julie will be your new best friend. Also, she can help with transferring of course work.

 

Forms

Independent Study Proposal Form 

Internship Report Guidelines

Internship Guidelines

Online forms and additional information available from the Office of the Registrar (change of schedule forms, etc.)

 

General Information

Read your email!

Read the CALS weekly bulletin and the Weekly Posting!

Second Language Proficiency Exam

Tutorials on the basics of navigating UAccess: https://learning.uaccess.arizona.edu/ELPRD/UITS/UAccess_Student/Student_Center/Video/Main/story.html  There is a tab at the top of the demo on the right side that says “Resources” and students can click there to access other demonstrations like how to search for classes, enroll, swap/drop, etc.

Links for Advising and Other Resources

 

Bursar's office Libraries
Career Services Map of Campus
Code of Academic Integrity | Dean of Students Plagiarism
Courses Registration information
Degree Check Resume & Letter Writing Guide
Degree requirements (and use your Academic Requirements report as an advising tool) Smart Planner: for students in requirement terms Fall 2012 and later  
Degree Search Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
D2L UAccess Student
Undergraduate Student Handbook has important contact information for faculty and advisors, information about our options, and internship possibilities
Jobs University of Arizona main students webpage
Printable List of UA Services and Locations  

                                     

FAFSA ( Federal Financial Aid): http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm  You should file a FAFSA whether or not you are planning to accept student loans or grants, or even qualify for them.  You may be eligible for scholarships just by filing!

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Universe

 

 

SNRE/CALS Scholarships:  Scholarships through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: application here and details below.

The scholarships below are earmarked for students in SNRE, but most are administered through the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS).  Applicants will automatically be eligible for funds from certain CALS scholarships targeted for any student with a major within CALS.  Faculty in the School select scholarship recipients in their respective Programs, and determine how funds will be divided among selected students, but these selections are subject to review by CALS administrators.

 


Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation & Management

Belman, Fred N.,  Memorial (annual funds available ≈$650-$700) Upper division undergraduate student with interest in wildlife management; enrolled in Wildlife & Fisheries Program and making satisfactory progress towards their degree; must be an AZ resident; Wildlife & Fisheries faculty selects candidate(s), with final approval by the Dean.

Coughlin, Charles Scholarship  (annual funds available ≈$3,500-$4,000)  Upper division undergraduate student with at least 32 hours completed at U of A by the time the award is made; emphasis on students interested in wildlife management (especially game species); award is based, in part, on academic excellence; Wildlife & Fisheries faculty selects candidate(s), with final approval by the Dean.

Hungerford, Roger Scholarship (annual funds available ≈$800-$900)  Upper division undergraduate student with at least 32 hours completed at U of A by the time the award is made; enrolled in Wildlife or Fisheries Option; Wildlife & Fisheries faculty selects candidate(s), with final approval by the Dean. .

Bruce D. Leopold Scholarship (established as a year-by-year "pass through" account funded by Dr. Leopold; $1200 /year).  Full-time Junior or Senior in the Wildlife Option; minimum gpa = 3.0; candidates should show evidence of involvement in The Wildlife Society and respect and appreciation for the utilitarian components of wildlife management, including hunting and trapping; Wildlife & Fisheries faculty selects candidate(s), with final approval by the Dean.

Maughan, O.E. Fund -   Initially, Ms. Laurie Shomo-Brown, a graduate and undergraduate alumna of SNRE, sent an annual gift to be used to provide one-time emergency financial assistance upon request.    Funds from Laurie and other contributions in memory of Dr. O.E. Maughan were combined to create the O.E. Maughan fund.  An award is not made as a regular scholarship (no College application required); awarded only for emergency needs.  First priority is given to qualifying female students in Wildlife & Fisheries, then any student with need in Wildlife or Fisheries, then any student with need in SNRE.  The Program Chair of Wildlife & Fisheries meets with students in need and makes an award recommendation to the College after notifying Wildlife and Fisheries faculty.

 


Ecology & Management of Rangelands

Cowden, E. Ray Scholarship (annual funds available ≈$5,000) Available for freshman through graduate students in the Range Program, but most often awarded to advanced undergraduate students.  Range Program faculty select students and notify the Assistant Director who forwards names to the College.

Schmutz, E&V (annual funds available ≈$650)  Upper division student majoring in area of conservation of soil/water (i.e., SWES and Range and Watershed). Preference to juniors & seniors with two or more semesters left.

Schmutz, Marcell (annual funds available ≈$800) Primary consideration to outstanding Juniors in Range Management; >2.5 cum gpa; secondary consideration to seniors in Range with 2 or more semesters remaining; lastly, may go to qualified sophomores; preference to AZ residents; Selected by faculty in Range.  (Announced at Range Society Meeting in January of each year?)

Tappan Student Fund  (annual funds available ≈$500) Critera:  full-time student from Ireland in Animal Science or Range program, but if no student from Ireland, then any outstanding student in these academic programs.  [Range allocates this award for 2007-2008, shared with Animal Science in alternate years].

H. Lynn Anderson Fund  (annual funds available ≈$1,400)   For full-time students in Range program.  Graduate or undergraduate students are eligible.

General School Information

Katie Hughes, Academic Advisor

621-7260, Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N321, khughes@email.arizona.edu

Katie is the go to person for academic advising, learning about internships, finishing your degree check, learning about research/academic opportunities, and discussing University policy. 

 

Dr. John Koprowski, Assistant Director for Academic Programs

621-7280, Environment and Natural Resources 2, room N335, 5quierre1@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Koprowski can do all the stuff Katie can do, and more. If Katie can’t help you, or she isn’t around, see Dr. Koprowski. In addition, he’s a good person to talk to if you need faculty guidance.

 

Faculty Advisors

Every student should have a faculty advisor. If you don’t remember who your advisor is, email Katie.

 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Nancy Rodriguez, Associate Director - Advising, Orientation and Retention

621-3616, Forbes 203, nancyr@email.arizona.edu

Nancy can help you with general education advising, and serves as a contact with the College if you are butting up against University policy. If it is a college-level question, see her first. Also, she can help with transferring of course work.

 

Kristin Geary, Senior Academic Advisor

621-3616, Forbes 203, kgeary@cals.arizona.edu

Kristin can also help you with general education, transfer credit, and college policy.

 


 

University of Arizona

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office, a division within Student Affairs, oversees aspects of a student’s life outside of the classroom, including Access & Inclusion, Campus Health, Fraternity and Sorority Programs, AZ Student Media, Parents and Family Association, the discipline process and student assistance.

 

Ombuds Program

The University of Arizona Ombuds Program provides an informal means of problem resolution if you have a University-related concern, conflict, or dispute. An Ombuds is not empowered to change a decision, but through intervention or a clarification of matters, information may emerge to assist in the resolution of the problem. Call the Director of the Ombuds Program at (520) 626-5589 or call an Ombuds directly if you need help.

 

(ASUA) Student Legal Services

 

Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) offers psychological counseling and psychiatric services to students to help them cope with personal problems so that they can successfully achieve their educational goals. http://www.health.arizona.edu/caps.htm

 

Where do I go from here?

Our graduates work for federal agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs.  State agencies such as AZ Game and Fish also hire our graduates as do non-governmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and private consulting firms.

Employment Projections for 2015-2020

Your job title could be:

  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Botanist Restoration
  • Hydrologist
  • GIS specialist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Ecological Specialist
  • Research Scientist*
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Wilderness Ranger
  • Interpretive Ranger
  • Game Warden
 
*requires advanced degree
  • Ranch Manager
  • Professor*
  • Restoration Ecologist*
  • Natural Resources Planner
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Water Resource Scientist*
  • Lawyer*
  • Zoo Curator
  • Wildlife Veterinarian*
  • Preserve Manager
 

Graduate School

Many of our graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees in Natural Resources or related fields, law school, or other areas.  If you are interested in an advanced degree in Natural Resources or a related field,

  - Talk to our professors or faculty advisors about their graduate school experience.
  - See our prospective grad students page for additional information our graduate program.
 - For information on other graduate and professional degree programs, career services has several helpful links to help you prepare for these programs, from coursework to interviews. 

The University of Washington has a great database for exploring career opportunities based on your area of interest: What can I do with a major in….