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Environmental Science and Management

The Major

Environmental Science and Management is a multi-disciplinary major, incorporating course work in water resources, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, soil science, forestry, and land use/environmental quality relationships with other disciplines. This is a comprehensive major that includes a solid background in the basic sciences and exposure to a broad array of subject matter relating to environmental science and management. This major provides solid preparation for more specialized study at the graduate level. There are three minor fields of study available within the Department of Natural Resources Science at URI that may serve as focus areas for students in the Environmental Science and Management major: GIS/Remote Sensing; Soil-Environmental Science; and Wildlife and Conservation Biology.


The major requires 12 credits of introductory professional courses, which include natural resource conservation, resource economics, introductory soil science, and environmental data analysis. As part of the basic science requirements, environmental science and management majors must complete three to four credits in general botany, three to four credits in general zoology, three credits in introductory ecology, eight credits in introductory physics, four credits in physical geology, three to four credits in geomorphology or introductory microbiology or introductory biochemistry, eight credits in introductory chemistry, four credits in organic chemistry, three credits in introductory calculus, and three credits in introductory statistics. Required concentration courses (26 credits) must be taken at the 300 level or above; at least 18 credits must be selected from courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources Science. (Please note that internships, seminars, and special projects may not be counted toward the concentration.) In addition, one course must be selected from each of the following groups: biological or ecological science; water and soil science; methods in environmental science; natural resources management; and economics, planning, policy, and law. These and the remaining concentration credits should be selected from courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources Science or from an approved list of courses. Supporting electives (20-23 credits) must be selected from an approved list of courses mostly at the 300 and 400 levels.

Official URI course information may be found in the printed Bulletin of the University of Rhode Island. An on-line version of the Bulletin and an HTML list of courses taught by the Department of Biological Sciences is available. Undergraduate programs typically incorporate courses at the 100-, 200-, 300-, and 400-levels. The courses for Biology students are listed below. You can access the URI catalogue at
Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed by natural resources agencies at the state or federal level, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and environmental consulting firms. Examples of jobs include: environmental planner, environmental/wildlife researcher, wildlife biologist, cartographer, biology teacher, refuge manager, wetland biologist/ecologist, hydrologist, environmental scientist, soil conservationist and forest/park ranger. Good grades, hands-on experience, a strong technical background, and a firm commitment to sound environmental management are the key elements to being selected for challenging positions in natural resource fields.

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