Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences

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My Michigan Tech: Mason Steele

Mason talks about why he chose his major and Michigan Tech. The short answer? Academic excellence in the most-inviting community.

Work to sustain natural resources.

Combine ecological, social, and biotechnological aspects of natural resource conservation and management and you’ve got applied ecology and environmental sciences. You’ll develop skills to protect the integrity of our world’s ecosystems and ensure the sustainability of natural resources.

Choose a focus area in biotechnology, communicating natural resources, or plant ecology and wetlands. Join The FERM, Michigan Tech’s program for professional development that puts student teams in charge of conservation management for communities. Participate in a 14-week field semester in our 4,609 acres of research forest (one of the largest contiguous forested areas in the eastern United States—right outside our back door). Work alongside faculty through the $1,100 Earn and Learn Assistantship, offered to all students accepted into the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (CFRES). Plus, get to know your CFRES family on a first-name basis through regularly scheduled coffee talks and timber cruising.

Want to accelerate your career? You can do that, too. Earn a master’s in one additional year through our Accelerated Master’s program.

"All the professors involved in my major want to make sure I am able to achieve what I most want to do with my major: conserve and create beautiful forests, wetlands, and other natural features that bring comfort to those who seek it." Elle Barton, Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Learn more about applied ecology and environmental sciences at Michigan Tech!