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What is natural resource ecology and management?

A degree in natural resource ecology and management will give you an education in the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. You will gain a valuable perspective for understanding and solving critical environmental problems on local, regional and global scales.

Why natural resource ecology and management?

The quality of our lives is directly connected to the health of our ecosystems. As demands on natural and managed habitats increase, the importance of management of all natural resources also increases. The natural resource ecology and management program will give you the tools and experiences needed to understand and apply ecological science and principles to benefit mankind and the environment. These ecological principles apply to the wise management of public and private lands as well as intensively-managed or wilderness landscapes.

Career paths

The professional positions our graduates pursue upon graduation are as varied as the natural resources they wish to protect and enhance.

$1.8million in undergraduate scholarships

awarded by the Ferguson College of Agriculture and its departments annually


Senior capstone course

In your senior capstone course you will tackle a real resource management problem for a land or resource agency, working with a professional or private landowner. This will prepare you for your first professional assignment.


Student involvement

You can become an active member of one of the many student organizations in the department. Participation in these organizations gives you the chance to attend state, regional or national meetings to gain valuable advantages through networking, student competitions and interacting with various career-related activities.


Real-world experience

Depending on your course of study, an internship or professional summer job experience may be required. This will provide you with real-world experiences, enhance your education and may lead to permanent employment following graduation.

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