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. 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.
Our forestry major focuses on acquiring the skills necessary to develop comprehensive management plans and strategies for forested landscapes, aligning them with society's demands while preserving ecosystem integrity. Graduates gain hands-on experience in tasks such as timber marking and harvesting, field canopy assessment, arborist practices, and selective harvesting techniques, as well as the ability to identify tree pests and diseases.
Put your love for working outdoors and interest in the ecology and sustainable management of wildlife habitats to work as you assess environmental conditions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and make land management decisions for wildlife habitat maintenance and protection of ecosystem composition. Our wildlife ecology and conservation major allows students to model, analyze, compare, communicate, and deploy tools and techniques used to understand nesting, migration, food supply, and how biodiverse systems like fish streams are affected by factors from hydrological development to climate change.
Merge the ecological, social, and biotechnological dimensions of natural resource conservation and management by diving into our exciting applied ecology and environmental science major. Explore, measure, document, and analyze terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, make land-use decisions to enhance ecosystem composition, structure, and function, learn remote sensing skills.
Equip yourself with the skills and training required to tackle the pressing natural resource challenges of the twenty-first century while effectively managing ecosystems and renewable resources with our natural resources management major. Gain the knowledge, expertise, and perspective necessary to address complex environmental problems that relate to renewable natural resources through course work in natural resources ethics, conservation, social sciences, economics and business, and biogeochemistry. Explore the aspects of natural resources on tribal, public, and private land.
Discover the transformative potential of wood and other lignocellulosic fibers as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels and nonrenewable materials. Our sustainable bioprundergraduate major delves into the world of bioproducts and the Circular Bioeconomy, which are pivotal in addressing the challenges posed by our current unsustainable lifestyle.
Equip yourself with the skills to craft a sustainable future for our environment with our environmental science and sustainability major. Learn how to seamlessly blend societal needs and perspectives with science-backed environmental practices by grasping the intricacies of the natural world right in our own local environment, knowledge that can be applied to addressing global challenges. Through this program, establish a solid technical foundation in the measurement and monitoring of environmental factors and delve into the complex environmental challenges facing society today.