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Bachelor of Natural Resource Science


Earn a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science at Thompson Rivers University

The purpose of the Natural Resource Science BNRS program at Thompson Rivers University 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.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years
Intake: September
Tuition Fee:
  • C$7,320/semester (up to 12 credits/4 courses)
  • C$8,912/semester (15 credits/5 courses)
  • each additional credit: C$531 (fall/winter) C$610 (summer)
Location: Kamloops, Canada

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.

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Courses included

  • Principles of Biology 
  • The Science and Management of Natural Resources
  • Composition
  • Dendrology 
  • Calculus for the Biological Sciences 
  • Writing for Science & Technology
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Food Systems at a Local Level
  • Biometrics
  • Chemical Bonding & organic Chemistry