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NRES Department Academic Advisor

Meagan GroomMeagan Groom

Phone: 756-xxxx
Office: 74M-A
Email: cafesadvising@calpoly.edu

 

cap and tassleThe NRES Academic Advisor assists undergraduate students with:

  • Proper course selection and degree requirements
  • Using and interpreting the Degree Progress Report
  • Understanding and adhering to academic policies
  • Supporting students on academic probation, disqualification, and readmission to the university
  • Providing suggestions and referrals for other campus support services

The CAFES Peer Advising Center is staffed with well-trained, experienced students to help with schedule planning (PASS, Registration, PolyPlanner, etc.) and related general academic questions. 

CAFES Peer Advising

Bldg. 74M-A
cafesadvising@calpoly.edu

 

For further information please visit the CAFES Advising Website.

NRES faculty provide additional advising for students.

Please see the following faculty members for major-specific questions regarding course substitutions:

FORMS

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Major-Specific Advising Information

Specific information for each major is included below. Please review the information provided.

Note: Course flow charts and curriculum sheets for all majors.

     

    Change of Major Policies and Procedures


    Change of Major Procedures:

    • Please see ICMA requirements by clicking on the appropriate major.
    • It is advised that students interested in an NRES major should consult with CAFES Advising by visiting drop-in hours (Blg. 74M-A from 9-4 M-Th and 9-12 Fri.). 
    • After all requirements of an ICMA have been fulfilled, then please email the NRES Department Head, Dr. Chip Appel, to initiate the ICMA (cappel@calpoly.edu).
    Environmental Earth & Soil Sciences

    Requirements

    1. Completion of ERSC 144, or SS 120, or GEOL 201
    2. Completion of CHEM 127 or PHYS 121, or PHYS 141
    3. Completion of Math 161 or MATH 141
    4. Receive a C or better in each course
    5. If course requirements have been met with a cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.3, an ICMA can be initiated.
    6. If course requirements have not been met, student may enter a one-quarter or two quarter ICMA contract to meet requirements. If one quarter contract, student must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.3 with full-time enrollment (12 or more units). With a two quarter contract, student must achieve a minimum cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.3 for the two quarters combined with full-time enrollment (12 or more units each quarter).
    7. Must be able to complete degree requirements within a timely manner.

     

    Environmental Management & Protection

    Requirements

    1. Completion of NR 142 (offered Fall and Winter terms), or NR 215 with a grade of C or better
    2. Completion of BIO 161 or BOT 121 (depending on concentration interest), or CHEM 127, or SS 120 with a grade of C or better
    3. Completion of Math 161 or Math 221 (or equivalent course) with a grade of C or better
    4. If course requirements have been met with a cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.8, an ICMA can be initiated.
    5. If course requirements have not been met, student may enter a one-quarter or two quarter ICMA contract to meet requirements. If one quarter contract, student must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.8 with full-time enrollment (12 or more units). With a two quarter contract, student must achieve a minimum cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.8 for the two quarters combined with full-time enrollment (12 or more units each quarter).
    6. Must be able to complete degree requirements within a timely manner.

     

    Forest & Fire Sciences

    Requirements

    1. Completion of NR 141 (offered Fall term only), or NR 215
    2. Completion of BOT 121, or CHEM 127, or SS 120
    3. Completion of Math 161 or MATH 221 (or equivalent course)
    4. Receive a C or better in each course
    5. If course requirements have been met with a cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.3, an ICMA can be initiated.
    6. If course requirements have not been met, student may enter a one-quarter or two quarter ICMA contract to meet requirements. If one quarter contract, student must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.3 with full-time enrollment (12 or more units). With a two quarter contract, student must achieve a minimum cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.3 for the two quarters combined with full-time enrollment (12 or more units each quarter).
    7. Must be able to complete degree requirements within a timely manner. 

     

     

    Declare Concentration

    To declare a concentration, please complete this form

    The form will request the following information:

    • Full Name
    • Empl ID
    • Major
    • Catalog Year (i.e., 15-17, 17-19, 19-20, etc.)
    • Concentration you wish to pursue* - Please include the official name for your chosen concentration.

    * Make sure your chosen concentration is available for the catalog you are following.

    Refer to catalog.calpoly.edu for the current catalog.

    Senior Project Course Options

    • Students on the ’19-’20 catalog, you will be fulfilling your Senior Project through a class:
      • FNR/FFS:  NR 465 Senior Project – Ecosystem Management OR NR 475 Senior Project – Forest Stewardship (held off-site at Swanton Pacific Ranch)
      • EESS:  SS 424 Senior Project - Env. Soil Physics
      • ENVM:  NR 465 Senior Project - Ecosystem Management
    •   Students on the ’15-’17 or ’17-’19 catalog, you will be replacing the Senior Project requirement (NR 476, 477, 478 or 479 – 3 units) with the following:
      • ENVM: Choose ANY upper division (300 or 400 level) class that is 3 units or more.
      • FNR/FFS:  Choose ANY upper division (300 or 400 level) class that is 3 units or more.
      • EESS:  Choose ANY upper division (300 or 400 level) class that is 3 units or more.

    ***Students on the ’15-’17 or ’17-’19 catalogs will still be taking either NR 465 or SS 424, but you are on a catalog that requires 3 additional units to fulfill where the former Senior Project requirement was.

     

     

    Double Major in ENVM & FNR/FFS

    In order to double major in Environmental Management & Protection and Forestry & Natural Resources, the following steps are necessary:

    1. Complete 2 quarters at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    2. Complete all ICMA requirements for the major you are adding
    3. Make a plan on PolyPlanner (or excel) to complete both majors
    4. Set up an appointment with your Academic Advisor by emailing cafesadvising@calpoly.edu
    5. Pick up an "Add a Second Major" form from the Office of the Registrar
    6. After returning signed form to Registrar's office, your second major will be added

    ICMA Requirements for adding 2nd Major:

    ENVM Major

    • Completion of NR 215
    • Completion of BIO 161, BOT 121, CHEM 127, or SS 120 (121)
    • Completion of MATH 161 or MATH 221
    • Receive a C or better in each course
    • Have a cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.8

    FNR/FFS Major

    • Completion of NR 215
    • Completion of BOT 121, CHEM 127, or SS 120 (121)
    • Completion of MATH 161 or MATH 221
    • Receive a C or better in each course
    • Have a cumulative Cal Poly GPA of 2.3
     

    A student who adds a second major to her/his degree objective is expected to fulfill all requirements for both majors

    Double Major in FNR/FFS & ENVM (17-19)

    FNR 1st - ENVM 2nd
    ENVM Courses Units
    NR 314 4
    NR 404 or 408 3
    NR 425 4
    BRAE 348 or ENVE 324 4
    GEOL 201 3
    Total Units: 18
    ENVM 1st - FNR 2nd
    FNR/FFS Courses Units
    NR 260 4
    NR 307 3
    NR 315 4
    NR 365 4
    NR 402 4
    NR 414 4
    BRAE 345 or BIO 161 3
    Total Units: 26
    Crossover Courses Units
    NR 140 1
    NR 208 4
    NR 215 1
    NR 218 3
    NR 306 4
    NR 320 4
    NR 326 4
    NR 335 4
    NR 416 4
    NR 435 4
    NR 465 4
    PHYS 121 4
    BOT 121 4
    BRAE 239 (237) 4 (2)
    CHEM 127 4
    MATH 161 or 221 4
    SS 120 (SS 121) 4
    STAT 217 or 218 4
    Total Units: 63 to 65

    Important Notes

    • ENVM students MUST take BOT 121 AND either BRAE 345 or BIO 161
    • ENVM students MUST take NR 208 (Dendro)
    • ENVM students MUST take BRAE 237 or BRAE 239
    • FNR/FFS students MUST take PHYS 121
    • If ENVM, NR 142 will be subbed for NR 141
    • If FNR/FFS, NR 141 will be subbed for NR 142

    *Free Electives are not included in this unit count.
    ** An additional class of approved elective may need to be taken.
    ***This is only a guide, and students are responsible for completing all the requirements of both Majors.

     

    Double Majoring in FNR/FFS & ENVM (19-20)

    FNR/FFS 1st - ENVM 2nd
    ENVM Courses Units
    NR 314 4
    NR 323 or 324 or 328 4
    NR 363 2
    NR 404 or NR 408 3
    NR 425 4
    BRAE 348 or ENVE 324 4
    GEOL 201 3
    Total Units: 24
    ENVM 1st - FNR 2nd
    FNR/FFS Courses Units
    NR 260 4
    NR 307 3
    NR 315 4
    NR 350 3
    NR 365 4
    NR 402 4
    NR 414 4
    Total Units: 26
    Crossover Courses Units
    NR 140 1
    NR 208 4
    NR 215 1
    NR 218 3
    NR 305 (306) 4
    NR 320 4
    NR 326 4
    NR 335 4
    PHYS 121 4
    BOT 121 4
    BRAE 237 or 239 2 - 4
    CHEM 127 4
    MATH 161 or 221 4
    SS 120 4
    STAT 217 or 218 4
    NR 416 4
    NR 435 4
    NR 465 4
    Total Units: 63 to 65

    Important Notes

    • ENVM students MUST take BOT 121 AND either BRAE 345 or BIO 161
    • ENVM students MUST take NR 208 (Dendro)
    • ENVM students MUST take BRAE 237 or BRAE 239
    • FNR/FFS students MUST take PHYS 121
    • If ENVM, NR 142 will be subbed for NR 141
    • If FNR, NR 141 will be subbed for NR 142

    1st & 2nd Options are referring to the choice FNR/FFS's curriculum offers
    *Free electives are not included in this unit count.
    ** An additional class of approved elective may need to be taken.
    ***This is only a guide, and students are responsible for completing all the requirements of both Majors.

    Double Counting Courses

    ENVM & FNR/FFS Majors Only

    As the catalog states, "Courses from the student's Major department may not be used to fulfill GE Area C4 and D5." However, if those courses are cross-listed with another department and approved by GE, they can be double-counted. In NRES's case that's ES/NR 360 and ES/NR 308. Area F courses can be double-counted. Here is the policy:

    • ES/NR 308: double-count in concentration and it satisfies D5.
    • ES/NR 360: double-count in concentration and it satisfies C4
    • NR 312: double-count in concentration and it satisfies Area F
    • NR 317: an Area F course but ENVM/FNR students cannot take it for credit (see catalog)

    Remember you don't get 8 units for 4. Also, it is important to discuss double-counting with your academic advisor since they must approve it.

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