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102 Goddard Building
Box 42125, Lubbock, TX 79409-2125
T 806.742.2841 | F 806.742.2280



About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management
  • Master of Science in Fisheries Science*
  • Master of Science in Range Science*
  • Master of Science in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Professional Science Master's in Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resources Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Science*
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Range Science*
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management

* Program being phased out and consolidated with Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management, effective December 31, 2014.


Undergraduate Program

The Department of Natural Resources Management is primarily concerned with the application of basic ecological principles to the management and use of natural resources. The curriculum for natural resources management prepares students for graduate school. The range management and wildlife biology tracks meet the Civil Service or certification requirements for positions as range conservationists or wildlife biologists for agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management

Students pursuing a B.S. in Natural Resources Management must make a C or better in departmental courses to be eligible for graduation. The degree has five tracks: (1) conservation science, (2) fisheries biology, (3) ranch management, (4) range conservation, (5) wildlife biology, and. The wildlife biology track can meet the minimum requirements recommended by the Wildlife Society for wildlife biologist certification, and the fisheries biology track can meet the minimum certification requirements recommended by the American Fisheries Society for a fisheries professional. The range conservaton track meets the accreditation standards of the Society for Range Management.

Bachelor of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement

Students seeking the 120-hour B.S. in Conservation Law Enforcement must first obtain an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from an approved institution. Designed to prepare students for careers as game wardens or similar positions, this degree requires 60 hours of coursework at Texas Tech University in addition to the initial 60 hours transferred from an approved collaborating institution.

Minor. This department offers a minor in natural resources management for students majoring outside the department. For more information on requirements for completing a minor, refer to "Selecting a Minor" in the introductory information about this college or contact the departmental chair.

Club Involvement. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in the clubs sponsored by the Natural Resources Management Department: Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Club; Student Association for Fire Ecology; and the Texas Tech Chapter of The Society for Conservation Biology. These clubs promote involvement in professional societies such as the Wildlife Society, the American Fisheries Society, the Society for Range Management, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America. Club activities also include regularly scheduled meetings with guest speakers and social events.


Bachelor of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management – Wildlife Biology Track
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management – Fisheries Biology Track
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management – Ranch Management Track
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management – Range Conservation Track
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management – Conservation Science Track

Graduate Program

Those interested in pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in the Department of Natural Resources Management should consult with the graduate coordinator prior to enrolling for any course.

Master's Program

The department offers thesis and non-thesis Master of Science programs. The thesis option requires a minimum of 24 hours of graduate coursework plus 6 hours of thesis followed by successful defense of the thesis and final examination. The non-thesis degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework and a final examination. Transfer from a thesis to a non-thesis degree is not allowed after the first semester of enrollment. However, transfer from a non-thesis to a thesis degree is allowed for students showing a significant aptitude, provided that a major advisor has the desire and resources to support the transfer. Before recommendation for candidacy to a master's degree program, students may be requested to take a preliminary examination to determine proficiency and background for graduate work. Students may be required to take (without graduate credit) such undergraduate leveling courses as may be designated by the graduate advisory committee.

Professional Science Master's Degree

The Professional Science Master's (P.S.M.) degree is a two-year graduate degree designed to allow students who are already employed in a related profession to pursue advanced training while simultaneously developing valued business skills. The P.S.M. degree qualifies students for employment in the public or private sector and offers two tracks: (1) Natural Resource Management offered in the Department of Natural Resources Management and (2) Ecology and Environmental Sustainability taught through the Department of Biological Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The degree consists of 15 to 19 hours of required courses (including either a 6-hour internship or a 3-hour capstone course) plus 15 hours of elective courses. In addition, students will be required to complete a series of online workplace skills modules (e.g., economics, ethics, interviewing skills, human resource management, conflict management, team building). Students accepted into the program but found to be deficient in preparation for taking graduate courses will be required to take leveling courses. This primarily online P.S.M. degree differs from a conventional M.S. degree in requiring an internship or capstone experience in lieu of a research-based thesis. The degree is intended for those already employed in the environmental fields.

Doctoral Program

Doctoral candidates may specialize in grazing management, range improvement, range animal nutrition, fire ecology, plant ecology, plant physiology, wildlife habitat management, big game ecology, upland game ecology, fisheries, or wetland ecology and management.

An oral and/or written preliminary examination is required of all students seeking a Ph.D. degree. If the preliminary examination reveals weaknesses in the student's background, remedial courses may be designated by the graduate advisory committee. The student's graduate advisory committee will also recommend courses to be taken in supporting disciplines. In accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School, a qualifying examination is prepared and administered by the candidate's graduate advisory committee and any other professors the committee may consider necessary.

The doctorate normally requires completion of 60 to 80, or more, semester credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, exclusive of credit for the dissertation. In addition to the courses required for the major, an applicant for the doctorate must have taken at least 15 semester hours of graduate coursework outside the department. These hours may be taken in supporting fields without concern for a minor specialization, depending on recommendation of the student's graduate advisory committee. However, if they are taken in a block of related courses, they may be declared as a minor.

There is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. degree, but such a requirement may be incorporated into individual programs at the discretion of the student's graduate advisory committee. All doctoral candidates must successfully complete or have completed one semester of experimental design (NRM 5403) and one semester of teaching practicum (NRM 7210).

Course Descriptions

Natural Resources Management (NRM)



Alphabetical listing of all TTU faculty and their academic credentials.


Mark C. Wallace, Ph.D., Chairperson

Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management: Conway
Burnett Foundation Professorship in Quail Ecology: Dabbert
Kleberg Professor of Wildlife Management: Gipson
Professors: Boal, Conway, McLendon, Patino, Perry, Wallace
Associate Professors: Cox, Farmer, Griffis-Kyle, Stevens, Villalobos
Assistant Professors: Barnes, Grabowski, Grisham, Kahl, Pease, Portillo-Quintero, Verble-Pearson
Adjunct Faculty: Alcumbrac, Arnett, Arsuffi, Baccus, Breck, Brewer, Coldren, DeMaso, Drawe, Haukos, Kamler, Krausman, LeVering, Peterson, Pope, Rhodes, Rideout-Hanzak, Wester

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