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Resource Science

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Rejuvenate disturbed land. Investigate greenhouse gas emissions from landscapes. Consider land, water and plant data through the lens of sustainability. Explore how management influences sustainable development.

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Bachelor of Science in Renewable Resource Management

  • B.Sc.(RRM)

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What is Resource Science?

Sustainable use of our land, water and plant resources is increasingly recognized as a key societal goal in the 21st Century. Management of these resources requires a combination of applied science and management skills with an understanding of the broad societal context. Resource Science provides essential skills in resource management coupled with a broader understanding of the role of management in society.

The Resource Science specialization provides students with hands-on, practical experience in field measurement and assessment. You will learn about:

  • environmental site assessment and soil landscape relationships
  • in-field understanding of the spatial relationships of ecosites and soil units
  • remediation and reclamation practices
  • analysis and aggregation of field data
  • application of ecological land classification

Resource Science: Is it for you?

Are you interested in exploring how management influences sustainable development? Do you enjoy hands-on practical field experiences? Would you like to build the necessary skills to sustainably manage our land, water, and plant resources? The Resource Science program might be the right fit for you!

Resource Science provides you with hands-on, practical experience in field measurement and assessment.  You wll experience:

  • field site assessment in grassland and boreal ecoregions
  • environmental sampling and handling
  • research design and field sampling strategies
  • analysis of soil properties in the field and the laboratory
  • analysis of landscape controls on plant and soil distributions
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) use and handling of spatial data
  • environmental modeling concepts

Resource Science combines science, field study, economics, and project design and implementation to produce a unique educational experience for students. Students will participate in a gorup project design course and complete a resource management group project, enabling students to gain real-world experience as they develop their leadership and management skills.

Sample Classes

Identification of Saskatchewan Plants and Soils
Will provide training in the identification of common plants and soils found in the major ecozones of Saskatchewan. The principles of mapping plant communities and soil units will also be covered in each ecozone along with the application of plant and soil information to wetland classification.

Natural Resource Management and Indigenous Peoples
Explores the concepts, practices and issues associated with the management of land and resources by Canada's Aboriginal peoples. By examining the premises underlying varying approaches to resource management, this course will examine Aboriginal rights and management responsibility for fisheries, water resources, wildlife, forestry, parks and protected areas, and non-renewable resources. This course also examines the role of traditional/local ecological knowledge in resource management and impact assessment.

Will provide training in the identification of common plants and soils found in the major ecozones of Saskatchewan. The principles of mapping plant communities and soil units will also be covered in each ecozone along with the application of plant and soil information to wetland classification.
Group Project in Renewable Resource Management
An independent group study that provides experience in the principles and practice of executing a project in renewable resource management from the proposal stage to the presentation of the final report. Fourth year students from both the science and Policy and Economics majors of the program will propose and execute a real-world resource management project. Successful completion of the group project requires students to develop and exercise skills in group coordination, logistics, and liaising with external stakeholders.

Career Opportunities

The Resource Science degree prepares students for careers in renewable resource management. The degree focuses on management of land, biotic and water resources and provides sufficient technical skills to ensure that graduates are highly employable in the resource sector.

The renewable and non-renewable resource sectors are booming in Western Canada, creating a growing market for graduates. A variety of careers await graduates in both governmental and non-governmental sectors:

  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Land
  • Vegetation Management technicians
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Consulting and Regulating
  • Environmental Research
  • Forestry and Agroforestry
  • Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Resource Management
  • Parks and Land Management

A Stepping Stone

Students who have completed a two-year diploma in a related area may be eligible to receive up to two years transfer credit towards the Resource Science major of the B.Sc. (Renewable Resource Management).

An B.Sc.(RRM) degree is also a highly useful and marketable background for studies in other areas such as business, communications, marketing, politics, education, journalism or law.

Graduates from this program also have excellent prospects as Masters students at the U of S and at universities across North America and internationally.

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