A degree in natural resource ecology and management will give you an education in
renewable natural resources management, conservation and use. 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. The
natural resource ecology and management program will give you the tools and experiences
needed to understand and apply ecological sciences and principles to benefit mankind
and the environment.
The professional positions our graduates pursue upon graduation are as varied as the
natural resources they wish to protect and enhance.
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
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.
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.
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management offers two study abroad
courses, one to the Galapagos Islands and the other to the Andes Highlands of Peru.
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.