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Just What Do Natural Resources Managers Do

By Mark Wallace

UNDERGRADUATE
DEGREE PROGRAM

What Is Natural Resources Management?
Natural resources are any part of our environment that we can use to promote human well-being. Renewable natural resources, those resources whose perpetuation depends on human management, are the primary focus of natural resource managers and include rangeland, wildlife, fisheries, soils, and forests. Conservation implies a synergistic relationship between humans and the environment, and may be the most important application of ecology. It is the goal of the Department of Natural Resources Management to develop professionals with a sound understanding of ecology and skilled in the art, science, and conservation of renewable natural resource management.

Degree Program
The Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management prepares students to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources. Students can select one of five emphasis areas within the major. They are:

  • Conservation Science
  • Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Fisheries Biology
  • Range Conservation
  • Ranch Management
  • Wildlife Biology

Hands-On Experience
Faculty members in the Department of Natural Resources Management are recognized authorities in the areas of fire ecology, fisheries management, geographic information systems, range ecology, range management, watershed management, wetland ecology, and wildlife management. Diverse research programs within the Department provide many opportunities for students to become involved in the scientific process gain valuable training and experience.

NOTED

If you’re interested in a career that combines indoor and outdoor activities in the management of range, wildlife and fisheries, Natural Resources Management might be a good fit for you. This major provides an integrated program of study for undergraduate students interested primarily in conservation science, fisheries biology, range conservation, ranch management and wildlife biology. The department has a broad but unified mission: To provide quality instruction to our students, conduct top-quality research in the broad field of natural resources management, and offer outstanding service to the public at large.

Why Major in Natural Resources Management?
You may choose this major if you want to:

  • Manage range, wildlife and fish species
  • Learn more about human impacts on fish, wildlife and their habitats
  • Have a career that combines indoor and outdoor activities

Career Opportunities for Graduates
The number of job openings in the agricultural industry annually exceeds the number of available qualified graduates. A variety of career choices are available to you:

  • Biologist
  • Coastal Wetlands Biologist
  • Conservation Biological Scientist
  • Education
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Fire Ecologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries Manager
  • Game Warden
  • Geographic Information System Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Ranch Manager
  • Rangeland Conservationist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Zoo Management