Programs

Natural Resources and the Environment Major

An interdisciplinary environmental major that integrates coursework in forest ecosystems and geology with the broad range of potential environmental coursework offered at Sewanee.

All Natural Resources and the Environment majors take the introductory forestry and geology courses (Fors 121 and Geol 121), a complementary science course in biology, chemistry, or physics, the department’s oral presentations seminar, and the department’s interdisciplinary senior field project course. The remaining 4 required core and 3 elective courses are chosen by the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, to match the student’s specific interests.

  1. Fors 121: Introduction to Forestry
  2. Geol 121: Physical Geology
  3. One of the following science courses:
    • Biol 130: Field Investigations in Biology
    • Biol 200: Entomology
    • A biology laboratory course
    • Chem 100: Foundations of Chemistry
    • Chem 120: General Chemistry
    • Phys 105: Energy and the Environment
    • Phys 106: Foundations of Global Warming
  4. Four of the following core courses in Natural Resources:
    • Fors 211: Dendrology
    • Fors 262: Forest and Watershed Restoration
    • Fors 303/Geol 303: Soils
    • Fors 305: Forest Ecology
    • Fors 312: Silviculture
    • Fors 319: Natural Resource Management Decisions
    • Geol 221: Mineralogy
    • Geol 222: Historical Geology
    • Geol 225: Sedimentology
    • Geol 305: Economic Geological Resources
    • Geol 314/Fors 314: Hydrology
    • Geol 325: Field and Structural Geology
  5. Three Natural Resources elective courses (12 hrs): Any Fors, Geol, Enst, ESci, Chem, or Phys Course; Any Bio course numbered 130 or higher; Anth 316, 357, 350, 318, and 307; Econ 335; Hist 238; Phil 230; Pols 260, 381, and 382; Relg 341, 307, and  353. (Enst 101 recommended.)
  6. Fors /Geol 332: Oral Presentations in Forestry and Geology (0.5 credit)
  7. Fors /Geol 432: Senior Interdisciplinary Field Project  (Capstone)

Required for B.S. (but not for B.A.) in Natural Resources and the Environment

  • Two science lab courses not in Fors/Geol (Chemistry recommended)
  • Two other math or science courses