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ARCHIVED 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Natural Resource Conservation and Management, BS

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The Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program, in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University, offers students an interdisciplinary education that promotes the understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources.  Because of WCU’s role as a regional comprehensive university, we view western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians as our primary areas of focus. However, our broad goal is to serve society through our students and through involvement in our community, region, state, nation, and beyond. The Program offers the Bachelor of Science Degree with coursework in forest resources, fisheries and wildlife management, and soil and water conservation. The program emphasizes high quality undergraduate instruction in preparation for entry level natural resources management positions or for further graduate study. The NRCM program prepares students for careers in the conservation and sustainable management of forested lands and the resources they support, and prepares students to evaluate environmental conditions and to apply techniques used in the protection and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic systems.

Liberal Studies Hours (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

General Electives

General electives (15-26 hours) are required to complete the program depending on the number of hours taken in the major that are also used to fulfill Liberal Studies requirements.

While any courses can be used to fulfill the general electives requirement, the following courses are particularly relevant to the program.

Additional Requirements

To meet one of the general university degree requirements, at least 30 hours of the courses taken at WCU must be at the junior-senior level.

Visit the NRCM program’s website at https://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/science-and-math/gnr/nrcm.aspx.

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