University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Environmental Science (Ecological Restoration and Conservation Specialization), B.S.

Students in the Ecological Conservation and Restoration specialization are interested in making positive contributions to land management by conserving or restoring diverse native ecosystems. With our location at the boundary of the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin, the University of Nevada, Reno, is in close proximity to some of the largest restoration efforts in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to gaining a background in Environmental Science, students in this specialization take additional coursework in conservation biology, ecology, restoration, ecosystem management and GIS. Students who choose to complete an internship as part of their education have the option of applying to become a Certified Restoration Practitioner in Training (CERPIT), which is a global certification program sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration (more information here:

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills by assessing a problem, gathering and analyzing relevant information associated with that problem, and proposing possible solutions.
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • demonstrate technical competency within their respective discipline.

Contact Information

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science

217 Fleischmann Agriculture
(775) 784-4020 / (775) 784-4835


For questions about academic advising:
All incoming and current students should contact:

CABNR Advising Center, in FA 236  (775) 784-1634


For questions about upper-division electives and career advising:
All students can contact their faculty mentor:

Erica Bigio (A-L) -
Julie Stoughton (M-Z) -

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-36 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4-10 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6  courses.

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7  courses

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog

II. Additional Core Requirements (0 units)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

C. Global Context - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (71-74 units)

B. Ecological Restoration and Conservation Specialization (26-28 units)

C. Technical Electives (9 units)

Select 9 units from the following courses. Courses used to satisfy other Core or major requirements may not be reused here:

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (10-22 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Spring Semester (13 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (14-16 units)

Spring Semester (12-15 units)