Natural Resources Management—BS

What is natural resources management?

Environmental problems are fundamentally natural resource and ecosystem management problems. Finding solutions and providing leadership on environmental issues requires a broad based foundation in natural resources science and ecosystem management. Our program provides broad-based training and comprehensive understanding of the interdependence of ecological and sociopolitical systems in the context of natural resource and ecosystem management.

A B.S. in natural resources management will prepare students for a wide variety of career options. Students may find employment as resource managers in the private sector, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The NRM program will prepare students who want to develop more specialized skills at the graduate level through research or coursework based degrees. Other students will pursue this degree program due to their interests, and use it as a more broadly defined qualification as they enter the job market or graduate, law or business school.

What will I learn?

Find your niche with a program that emphasizes professional development, fieldwork, teamwork, leadership and communication, preparing you to meet contemporary environmental problems head-on. You will build strong working relationships with your professors and peers while developing the skills and training to solve 21st-century natural
resource challenges, as well as manage ecosystems and renewable resources sustainably. A degree in natural resources management will equip you with the knowledge, expertise, ethics, and perspective necessary to address complex environmental problems that relate to renewable natural resources.

This program is distinct from our other programs in that:
  • It has a social/human dimensions sequence, based in the department of social sciences
  • It has an economics/business component taught by faculty with primary appointments in the School of Business
  • It has a unique capstone class and requires Biogeochemistry, Natural Resources Ethics & the Environment, and a Natural Resource Conservation seminar

What sets our program apart?

We are a learning community strongly rooted in both academia and industry. With a faculty that has been ranked first nationally in scholarly productivity, a 5,500-acre educational and research forest, strong connections to industry leaders and employers, and accreditation by the Society of American Foresters, the School is at the pinnacle of forest-resource higher education and research. In our enriching environment, students have many unique opportunities to cultivate their professional and personal development, including

  • Capstone—hands-on management of ecosystems
  • The FERM™—student Enterprise that provides advanced instruction in key forest-management tools, techniques, and technology
  • Integrated Field Practicum (Fall Camp)—unique experience that blends classroom study with hands-on, field-based learning opportunities and skills acquisition
  • TreeHouse—residential learning community for first-year students who share a hall with others in their major
  • Advanced instruction in ecosystem restoration, communications, biotechnology, and GIS