Natural Resources Careers Begin Here


Virtual Tour of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Join the dean, Andrew Storer, for a virtual tour highlighting some of the spaces and opportunities available to students - imagine your successes in our exciting community!

This is What You Can Do

Documenting knapweed in dunes. Analyzing northern peatlands. Growing woody mass for biofuels. Conserving the California Condor. The largest forestry program in Michigan, we offer far-reaching ecological programs with global impact (like the longest running predator-prey study in the world). But we're all on a first-name basis. Because nature connects us. Passionate appreciation for the environment infuses everything we do, in classrooms, labs, greenhouses, and our backyard—the wild Keweenaw Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior.

Social and intellectual interaction. Weekly speakers. Friday coffee. Interact one-on-one with experts at weekly seminars. Our faculty, ranked first in the nation for scholarly productivity, gets staff and students together on a regular basis. Sure, it's fun. But it's also about pairing you up with mentors and programs that are right for you.

No cookie-cutter majors here. We help you explore and discover your career path.

Employers value Michigan Tech CFRES graduates: they like their field skills, technology knowledge (like Geographic Information Systems), and their ability to process and analyze data they gather. We nurture strong connections with industry leaders. Our forestry and master of forestry programs are accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Only-at-Tech opportunities like these accelerate your professional and personal development:

  • Earn and Learn—Incoming first-year and transfer students receive $1,000 for work in research areas within the College.
  • Integrated Field Practicum—Extended field camp at our Ford Forestry Center, where students learn how to observe, collect, and process data (salamanders to Sawtooth Aspen) in our 3,700-acre living lab.
  • The FERM—Students put forest-management tools, techniques, and technology into action on public and private lands.
  • Capstone—Real-world environmental projects with huge impact on the environment and your résumé.

Student Perspective

What's it like to go to school here? Huskies tell you why they chose us (to protect the forest, be outdoors, work with wildlife) and what they're learning (there's even a sample quiz) in this video assignment from course FW1050, The Natural Resource Professional. Watch the videos. Come visit. See for yourself why we're different, and why Michigan Tech is the place for you. 

Play Why I chose Natural Resources video
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Why I chose Natural Resources

Play How do you analyze a forest plot? Find out. video
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How do you analyze a forest plot? Find out.

Play Track Wildlife Careers—and Animals video
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Track Wildlife Careers—and Animals

"I'm excited about finding solutions to some of the problems faced by our society through the management of forest ecosystems. They are very dynamic and can have a powerful impact on our world."Eric Isaacs '18, Forestry Major and photographer

Student Learning Goals

We expect students to achieve six major goals by graduation that align with our College’s mission and vision. Faculty and staff use our goals, too, as a continuous assessment tool to improve courses, teaching practices, and curricula.  

  1. Disciplinary knowledge
    Students develop an in-depth knowledge of the field of forestry, applied ecology and environmental science, wildlife ecology and management, or natural resources management.
  2. Field and analytic skills
    Students develop a strong set of field and analytic skills related to their major.
  3. Gather information
    Students effectively identify and evaluate information sources related to their major.
  4. Solve problems
    Students provide and evaluate alternative solutions based on the scientific method to situations or problems relevant to their major.
  5. Communicate
    Students communicate effectively (orally and in writing) about issues related to their major.
  6. Professionalism and teamwork
    Students develop skills that enable them to behave with a high level of professionalism and work effectively as part of a team.