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A minor provides a concentration of study to supplement a major. Although a minor is not required for graduation, many students find that a minor complements their studies and enhances their career opportunities. Courses used for a minor can also be used for general education and a major. Five minors programs are administered by the Department.
The minor in Forestry draws from the biological, physical, social, and managerial sciences. The curriculum aids in understanding the biological complexities of the forest and the interactions between the forest and social and economic demands. Course themes include:
The minor in Watershed Management develops a focus on watershed processes and the interactions between the geophysical, biological, and socioeconomic factors in bounded geographic drainage basins. The interplay between watershed processes and the management of other natural resources is integral to these studies. Course themes include:
The minor in Fire Ecology develops fundamental forestry concepts of woody plant identification and forest ecology as well as more specialized knowledge of the ecology, behavior, and suppression of forest fire. Course themes include:
The minor in Rangeland Resource Science provides for a better understanding of the science and management of grasslands, savannas, shrublands, deserts, tundra, coastal marshes, and open forested area. The curriculum aids in understanding the diverse set of benefits derived from rangelands. Course themes include:
The minor in Wildland Soil Science provides for a better understanding of the uncultivated, natural soils that support herbaceous and woody plant communities. The curriculum aids in understanding the diverse ecosystems in California, as well as throughout North America and the world. Course themes include: