Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Natural Resource Science (BNRS)

In a world where specialization is the norm in university training for careers in the natural resource professions, the demand from industry and government agencies is increasingly for professionals who are generalists. The BNRS program addresses this need by providing a course of study that is unique in its scope and purpose. The program consists of 126 credits which can be completed in four or five years on a full-time basis or up to seven years on a part-time basis once admitted to the program.

The purpose of the BNRS degree program is to prepare students for careers in a wide range of natural resource sector jobs and for further academic study in graduate school. The program goals are met by providing a unique combination of courses covering biology, ecology, scientific methods, and sector-specific resource management skills in a cooperative education format. Students will learn problem solving, oral and written communication skills, and integration of various disciplines in both an independent and team environment.

By understanding the scientific, economic, and social basis of natural resource issues, graduates of the program will be able to effectively interface between diverse interest groups, all having a stake in how our terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are managed. Courses and field work dealing with management of the various sectors give students technical skills in a wide variety of management disciplines. Upon graduation, students will have acquired a wide range of technical abilities in assessing the status of ecosystems. This assessment covers aspects such as forestry, fisheries, range, and recreation.

Possible areas of employment after completion of the BNRS degree include resource management and planning for government or industry, operational forestry, and teaching. In addition, the degree will qualify students for academic studies at the graduate level.

For students interested in certification by a professional association, TRU is seeking accreditation for selected specific courses from the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters.

Completion of the BNRS degree fulfills the academic requirements of the B.C. Institute of Agrologists and College of Applied Biology.

As well, students wishing to enter a teaching program at the secondary level can do so with an additional 6 credits of upper level biology courses. Please see the chairperson before planning electives.

TRU is an equal opportunity educational institution, and encourages applications from women, First Nations students, challenged students, visible minorities, and international students who wish to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Science.

Bachelor of Natural Resource Science Degree

Course requirements

 Semester 1
BIOL 1110 Principles of Biology 1
NRSC 1110 The Science and Management of Natural Resources
ENGL 1100 Composition
NRSC 1120 Dendrology 1
MATH 1150 Calculus for the Biological Sciences 1
Total 15 credits
 Semester 2
BIOL 1210 Principles of Biology 2
ENG 2300 Writing for Science & Technology
ECON 1900 Principles of Microeconomics
NRSC 1220 Dendrology 2
*ENGL 1110
AGSC 2200
Prose Fiction
Food Systems at a Local Level
Total 15 credits
 Semester 3
BIOL 3000 Biometrics
CHEM 1500 Chemical Bonding & organic Chemistry
NRSC 2000 Introduction to the Study of Soils
NRSC 2100 Forest Ecology and Silvics 1
NRSC 2230 Geographic Information Systems
Total 16 credits
 Semester 4
CHEM 1510 Fundamentals of Chemistry
NRSC 2110 Forest Mensuration
NRSC 2200 Forest Ecology and Silvics 2
NRSC 3000 Diversity & Ecology of the Vertebrates
NRSC 3170 Ichthyology
Total 15 credits
 Semester 5
NRSC 3200 Silviculture
NRSC 3260 Limnology
*NRSC 4020 Natural Resource Entomology
*NRSC 4030 Natural Resource Pathology
*NRSC 4130 Fire Ecology and Management
Total 15 credits
 Semester 6
BIOL 3030 Population Biology
ANTH xxxx Anthropology
NRSC 3110 Range Ecology
ECON 3730
Forest Economics
Total 15 credits
 Semester 7
NRSC 4100 Fisheries Management
NRSC 3210 Range Management
NRSC 4040 Wildlife Management 1
NRSC 4140 Natural Resource Policy Course
ECON 3710 or 3740 Economics of the Environment or Land Use Economics or Elective
Total 15 credits
 Semester 8
NRSC 4110 Watershed Management
NRSC 4210 Conflict Resolution in the Natural Resources
NRSC 4230 Graduating Essay
NRSC 4050 Wildlife Management 2
Total 15 credits

* See the department chairperson before selecting an elective.