Natural Resources Management (BSc Program)

Staffan Lindgren, Professor Emeritis

Kathy Lewis, Professor and Chair
Annie Booth, Professor
Philip Burton, Professor
Mark Dale, Professor
Russell Dawson, Professor
Arthur Fredeen, Professor
Michael Gillingham, Professor
Ian Hartley, Professor
Dezene Huber, Professor
Chris Johnson, Professor
Hugues Massicotte, Professor
William McGill, Professor
Chris Opio, Professor
Ken Otter, Professor
Katherine Parker, Professor
Mark Shrimpton, Professor
Ché Elkin, Associate Professor, and FRBC/Slocan Mixed Wood Ecology Chair (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Scott Green, Associate Professor
Philip Mullins, Associate Professor
Lisa Poirer, Associate Professor
Paul Sanborn, Associate Professor
John Shultis, Associate Professor
Oscar Venter, Associate Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Growth and Yield and Forest Valuations
Pamela Wright, Associate Professor
Eduardo Martins, Assistant Professor
Farhad Moghimehfar, Assistant Professor
Lisa Wood, Assistant Professor
Bryan Bogdanski, Adjunct Professor
Barbara Cade-Menun, Adjunct Professor
Allan Costello, Adjunct Professor
Craig Delong, Adjunct Professor
Marten Geertsema, Adjunct Professor
Susan Grainger, Adjunct Professor
Sybille Haeussler, Adjunct Professor
Doug Heard, Adjunct Professor
Michael Jull, Adjunct Professor
Pat Maher, Adjunct Professor
Ian Picketts, Adjunct Professor
John Pousette, Adjunct Professor
Thomas Pypker, Adjunct Professor
Jeanne Robert, Adjunct Professor
Richard Schuster, Adjunct Professor
Saphida Migabo, Senior Lab Instructor
Roy Rea, Senior Lab Instructor

Websitehttp://www.unbc.ca/outdoor-recreation-tourism-management

 Major in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation


This BSc Major in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation focuses on the natural and human dimensions of outdoor recreation and conservation planning and management, within an integrated natural resource management framework.  Emphasis in this major is placed on planning and managing environmentally and culturally sensitive recreation and conservation opportunities in natural environment settings. 

Northern British Columbia provides an unparalleled setting for learning, teaching, and researching the various aspects of outdoor recreation and conservation management.  British Columbia has a large land base and a range of natural environments that support a vast array of dispersed and concentrated outdoor recreation opportunities. The program examines the components of planning and managing recreation opportunities through the study of such subject areas as ecology, integrated resource management, planning, protected areas management, environmental studies and geography (e.g., GIS).  

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours through (a) the common degree requirements, (b) the Area of Specialization requirements and (c) elective credit hours in any subject.

Common Degree Requirements

Lower Division Requirement

100 Level

BIOL 103-3Introductory Biology I
BIOL 104-3Introductory Biology II
BIOL 123-1Introductory Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 124-1Introductory Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 100-3General Chemistry I
CHEM 101-3General Chemistry II
or PSYC 101-3Psychology as a Science
or PHYS 100-4Introduction to Physics I
ECON 100-3Microeconomics
or FNST 100-3The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
or ENVS 101-3Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
NREM 100-3*Field Skills
ORTM 100-3Foundations of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

*Note:  Applications for exemption from NREM 100-3 must be made within the first year of study in any Natural Resource Management major.

200 Level

BIOL 201-3Ecology
ECON 205-3Statistics for the Business and Social Sciences
or STAT 240-3Basic Statistics
GEOG 204-3Introduction to GIS for the Social Sciences
or GEOG 300-3Geographic Information Systems
NREM 203-3Resource Inventories and Measurements
or NREM 204-3Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries
or GEOG 210-3Introduction to Earth Science
NREM 210-4Integrated Resource Management
ORTM 200-3Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
ORTM 205-3 Outdoor Skills and Leadership

Upper Division Requirement

300 Level

NREM 303-3First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management
or FNST 304-3First Nations Environmental Philosophy and Knowledge
ORTM 300-3Recreation and Tourism Impacts
ORTM 305-3Protected Area Planning and Management
ORTM 310-3Research Methods and Analysis
ORTM 332-3Outdoor, Environmental, and Experiential Education
ORTM 333-3Field School

400 Level

ENVS 414-3Environmental and Professional Ethics
NREM 400-4Natural Resources Planning
Conservation Area Design and Management 
Two of the following:
Indigenous Tourism and Recreation 
International Dimensions in Recreation and Tourism
Recreation, Tourism and Communities 
The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism
Critical Approaches to Outdoor Recreation Activities
Special Topics
*Note: Students should note that some senior-level ORTM classes are offered in alternating years.

Area of Specialization

Students must choose one of the following Areas of Specialization. Courses used to fulfill common degree requirements above may not be used to satisfy an Area of Specialization requirement.
  1. Environmental Design and Planning
  2. Conservation Education
  3. Natural Science
  4. Applications of Recreation and Tourism
Environmental Design and Planning

Conservation Biology

Introduction to Planning

Principles and Practices of Planning

                   

Mediation, Negotiation and Public Participation

Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement

Society, Policy and Administration

                     

Spatial Planning with Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Ecological Design

Remote Sensing

Watershed Management

Conservation Education

Introduction to Education

Education Theory and Practice

Introduction to Environmental Citizenship

Critical Approaches to Outdoor Recreation Activities

               

Systematic Botany

Ichthyology and Herpetology

Ornithology and Mammalogy

Global Environmental Change: Sustainability

Forest Plant Systems

             

Plant Ecology

Conservation Biology

Wildlife Ecology

Animal Behaviour

Remote Sensing

Watershed Management

Natural Science

Conservation Biology

Forest Plant Systems

Plant Biology

Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries

             

Invertebrate Zoology

Systematic Botany

Limnology

Plants, Society and the Environment

Ichthyology and Herpetology

Ornithology and Mammalogy

Fungi and Lichens

Entomology

Field School

Ethnobotany

Aquatic Plants

Plant Ecology

Wildlife Ecology

Animal Behaviour

Insects, Fungi and Society

Global Environmental Change: Sustainability

Field Applications in Resource Management

Applications of Recreation and Tourism

Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism

                      

Indigenous Tourism and Recreation

International Dimensions in Recreation and Tourism

Recreation, Tourism and Communities

The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism

Critical Approaches to Outdoor Recreation Activities

Field School II

Internship

Special Topics

Independent Study

                    

Plant Biology

Systematic Botany

Plants, Society and the Environment

Ichthyology and Herpetology

Ornithology and Mammalogy

Fungi and Lichens

Field School

Ethnobotany

Plant Ecology

Conservation Biology

Animal Behaviour

Global Environmental Change: Sustainability

Human Ecology

Field Applications in Resource Management

*Note: Students should note that some senior-level ORTM classes are offered in alternating years.
Elective Requirements

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.


BSc Honours - Natural Resources Management (Outdoor Recreation and Conservation)


The Honours in Natural Resource Management (Outdoor Recreation and Conservation) offers students a higher level of education and substantial research experience for proceeding to postgraduate studies.
To enter the Honours Program, students must have completed 60 credit hours and obtained a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33. Attaining the minimum requirement will not guarantee entry into the Honours Program, which will be at the discretion of the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program. Maintenance of a Cumulative GPA of 3.33 is required to remain in the Honours Program.
Honours students are required to complete the degree requirements for the BSc in NRM (Outdoor Recreation and Conservation). In addition, each student must also complete an additional 6 credit hours in the form of an undergraduate thesis (NRES 430-6) under the supervision of a faculty member.

Note: Students are responsible to find their own undergraduate thesis research supervisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to supervise Honours students.