Natural resource ecology and management provides an integrated education in renewable
natural resources management, conservation and utilization, and a valuable perspective
on critical environmental problems on local, regional and global scales.
Why natural resource ecology and management?
The management of natural resources becomes increasingly important as demands on natural
and managed habitats increase. The quality of our lives is directly connected to the
health of our ecosystems. Natural resource ecology and management at OSU is designed
to give you the tools necessary to understand and apply ecological sciences and principles
to benefit mankind and the environment.
The professional positions our natural resource ecology and management graduates pursue
upon graduation are as varied as the natural resources they wish to protect and enhance. Potential jobs include:
Forest resource manager
$1.7million in CASNR undergrad scholarships
awarded by the college and its departments annually
“My favorite part about my major is the interface between society and the
ecosystem services society is founded upon. Whether it’s research or management, the
natural resource ecology and management major offers a wide variety of opportunities.”
- John McQuaig Adair, Oklahoma
Seniors in their final capstone course tackle a real resource management problem for
a land or resource agency, working with a professional or private landowner.
Students in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management have the opportunity
to join and become active members of one of the many student organizations available
in the department. Participation in one or more of these organizations provides students
the opportunity to attend state, regional or national meetings where they gain valuable
advantages through networking, student competitions and interacting with various career-related
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management also offers two study abroad
courses, one to the Galapagos Islands and the other to the Andes Highlands of Peru.
Students in all options are encouraged or required to have internships or professional
summer job experience before graduation. This provides students real-world experiences,
enhances their educational experience and may lead to permanent employment following