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Natural Resources: Global Change Ecology & Management Emphasis

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Natural Resources: Global Change Ecology & Management Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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The Global Change Ecology and Management is a new option designed to prepare students to work effectively as natural resource scientists and managers in a rapidly changing world. We are responding to growing student concern about, and interest in, global change impacts and how society will deal with them.  We are recruiting and training 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. The Global Change Ecology and Management (GCEM) program draws on SNRE strengths in the biological, physical, and socio-economic sciences.   GCEM class options 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.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 or CHEM 141 and 143: General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
RNR 101 Global Sustainability and Natural Resources 3
MATH 113, 122B, or 125 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 or CHEM 142 and 144: General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
ECOL 182R General Biology II 3
ECOL 182L General Biology II 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
RNR 200 Conservation of Natural Environments 3
Statistics 3
PHYS 102 Intro to Physics I 3
MCB 181L General Biology I Lab 1
MCB 181R General Biology I Lecture 3
4th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Technical Elective 3
RNR 384 Natural Resources Management Practices 3
5th Semester
RNR 316 Natural Resources Ecology 3
RNR 230R and L Field Botany 3
Policy, Law, and Economics Elective 3
Technical Writing Elective 3
Earth Systems and Global Change Elective 3
Second Language 4
6th Semester
RNR 321 Ecological Surveys and Sampling 3
Human Systems Elective 3
Management Elective 3
Technical Skills Elective 3
Oral or Media Communication Elective 3
Second Language 4
7th Semester
RNR 440 Climate Change Adaptation 3
SNRE requirement 1
Technical Electives 4
Environment Elective 3
GEOS 478 Global Change Ecology 3
8th Semester
RNR 496G Climate Assessment 3
Biological Systems Elective 3
GEOG 430 The Climate System 3
RNR 480 Natural Resources Policy and Law 3
Technical Electives 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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